iOS 13 has a big bug that makes me want my iPhone and iPad dumped. The ability to switch between apps is a feature that we came across the board to expect. This is what Windows is doing. macOS is doing that. This is what Linux is doing. Android is doing it. And iOS, well, it used to be quite well done by iOS.
The iOS 13.2 release is very solid. That’s a good performance. Stability is virtually flawless. And the life of the battery is fine. But iOS 13.2 — and iPadOS 13.2 is bad for the iPad when it comes to memory management. Truly bad. Awesome bad.
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So, what’s the issue? Well, just put it, you’re running an app, doing some work in it— may be loading a page, a document, or whatever the app should do— and then switching to another app to do something. OK, so far, it’s all fine. But try to switch to the first app now and see what’s going on.
The first app lights up if you’re lucky, and you’re back where you started. For iOS 13, however, the app is more than likely to restart, and you’ve missed anything you’ve accomplished. iOS was never really that good at multitasking between apps— it always tended to forget what apps were doing in the background— but iOS 13 and iOS 13.2 took it to new heights of horror.
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Multitasking has gone from being annoying at times to a constant slog of frustration and irritation. I’ve seen this happen on a number of different platforms across a variety of apps, so it’s not limited to selecting apps or devices. There seems to be a problem across the board.
The problem appears to be caused by memory management issues, with iOS not retaining the information of the app in memory long enough when it is sent to the background. This may be a bug, or it may be a feature, and Apple may be overly aggressive in maximizing the amount of RAM available in the foreground to improve performance for apps.
iOS is now failing to deliver the basic feature that any modern operating system has come to expect.
This bug is extremely annoying on the iPhone, but on the iPad, a platform that Apple boasts as a replacement for a laptop— presumably one running Windows or macOS and capable of multitasking properly— it’s a huge, embarrassing failure. Not only that but for those who have invested money in the iOS platform, it’s a huge disappointment.
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The fact that Apple has not spotted and fixed this glaring problem suggests that the company does not take seriously the needs of heavy, high-end and professional users, and as such, it is becoming difficult to recommend the platform to professionals seeking to do real work with it.