OK, so because the OS is writing a small state file, when these apps are listed in the taskbar, there is no real drain on resources (i.e. RAM) at all, correct?
Maybe my irrational suspicion comes from a long history of PC use. "Oh just run this Antivirus software in the background. You won't notice a thing."
From your confident explaination, I suppose my fear is completely unjustified and irrational. I just need to play around more to get comfortable with the new system.
Thanks for your help my friend.
correct you will experience no loss in performance even if you run every app on your device. The worst that can happen would be a small loss in memory, but it is so infantesimal you will only see it if you are REALLY low.
Well, with a jailbreak you get a RAM-indicator in the top bar of the screen. When I start my iPad with no apps running, it's about 145MB. The more apps that are open, the less RAM seems to be available, down to a minimum so far of 28MB.
It wasn't an issue yet, but I'm sure, depending on the apps you're running, it could be one.