Any easy way to really close an app in 4.2.1?

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    After using 4.2.1 for a while I wind up with a bunch of apps in the multi-tasking bar that I don't need. It makes it harder to find what I want.

    Is there any way to close an app without having it go to the bottom bar? Any easy way to close all apps in the bottom bar?
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    This was my initial "complaint" about this so-called multi-tasking when I installed the 4.2 beta 2 months ago, but I pretty quickly got into the habit of going to the multi-tasking bar and shutting things off. Yes, its a bit of a PITA but now I don't even think about it.
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    But there is no reason to do that.
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    gentlefury and I just discussed this exact topic in another thread. You should find an answer here.

    Mods, if I am out of line with the cross link to another thread, I will remove.

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    I know there is technically no reason to close out the "open" apps, its just one of those mildly OCD things I have about keeping it uncluttered!
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    The only reason to have multitasking is to allow quick switching between programs (apps). You can't switch quickly if you have to scroll through 20 or 30 apps on the bar to find what you want.

    How about a feature that allows the user to shut the app (and not send it to the bottom bar) by holding down the close button for 2 seconds?

    And, a button on the multitask bar to close all apps on the bar?
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    As a (admittedly pretty new) iOS dev, I understand very well why you don't need to close apps, and yeah...I do it anyway. :confused:
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    Speak for yourself.

    There is plenty reason. They SHOULD include a "KillAll" button that closes them all.
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    seems to me after all the anxiousness everyone has for the final 4.2, here comes the complaints :D
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    Again, Apps don't run in the background they all close when you leave them...they write a state file to resume usage next time you launch it....man apple really screwed up calling it multitasking.
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    You know I can now play pandora while browsing the Internet now that I have 4.2.1 installed. As a matter of fact I am listening right now as i type this response.
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    I've been through this apps running in the background pro and con thing with another device. I'm in the camp that says don't worry about it. The OS is smart enough to know when to shut the apps down, and anyway it's not like they are actually fully up and running. It's like a piece of them, a shadow so to speak that's running in the background.
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    yes because music is the ONLY service allowed to remain in the background...and only one music app is allowed at a time. While listening to Pandora go ahead and try to watch a movie and see if pandora continues to play, or listen to iPod or any other music app.
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    Double click home button
    When multitask ribbon appears hold icon of app you want to close
    Hit the x (same as if you were deleting the app on the home screen)
    The app is closed

    Demo here: ipadforums.net/apple-ipad-news/13366-find-my-iphone-ipod-touch-ipad-goes-free.html
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    I must have missed the memo on where one sees the taskbar. Help?

    Now I see: Double click the home button. Sigh, getting older I guess.
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    Thing is the guy was not worried about how many were running/not running and what it was doing to his system, he was unhappy with having to scroll through all the "open" apps on the task bar to get to the one he wanted to hotswap with... which is a legitimate complaint regardless of "state".... keeping it to one screen is nice.. I just x out everynow and then and I'm happy.
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    Let the dust settle and get use to the changes. My phone handles multi tasking quite well without degrading the OS or draining the battery.

    This is a good change and hopefully everyone will get use to it quickly. Apple has done their homework!

    My two cents.
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    This gets me so frustrated on the iPad. What are they thinking? I am listening to some music and I launch a game and the music stops. What the hell? Why do I have to decide between one or the other Apple, let the sounds overlap like every other device does.

    Are you saying that this is not fixes in the update? What have they been doing for the last 6 months? It takes this long to integrate "multitasking" and folders? Some 14 year olds wrote Cydia apps that accomplished this in a couple days.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2010
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    Well at least you are all using it. I am still in backup mode that is 3/4 done after 10 hours. :D
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    10hours........urghhh something not right.
    What have you been doing? :)

    Have a 32g pad here with under a gig free and syncing upgrading took well under an hour.
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