Things i don't get about iPad

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by shawnvw, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. shawnvw

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    You know how all the most recently used apps appear in that special bar of icons when you double press the Home button? I find it tedious to close those icons (double-press, press-and-hold, then press again), but I'm told that there's no real need to close them.

    So in the space of a few weeks, I have so many icons in the Recent bar that I have to swipe three times to see them all and find what I want. Which is a lot like swiping through the regular screens to find the app I want, except there I don't have to double-click first.

    In other words, the Recent bar seems less convenient, not more. Do you agree? Am I wrong? I don't get it.
     
  2. richsadams

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    Generally speaking apps that are not in use go into a wait-state, however some continue to use some memory which allows them to function immediately when called upon again. A good rule of thumb is to periodically close unused apps to free up memory. That will also help reduce the need to swipe repeatedly across all of the open apps to find the one you're looking for.

    There are apps that will close all of the open apps at one but IIRC they are only available for jailbroken iPads. A "close all" app would be a nice addition to the App Store for sure.

    An option might be to create folders of apps that you use often or at least to organize them to be easier to find when you need them. To create a folder, simply press and hold any app icon until they all start jiggling, then drag any app icon over another and a folder will be created. You can accept the default folder name or rename it whatever you like. At the same time you can drag folders anywhere on the screen or to another screen (by dragging it to the right or left edge of the screen and waiting a moment until it slides onto the next screen). Press the Home button when you're done.

    Hope that helps!
     
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  3. SweetPoison

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    It takes a split second ~ and this is an inconvenience?
     
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    Everything is an inconvenience in today's rushed society. If it can't be done instantly, well that's just too long. -shakes head-

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  5. Mountainbikermark

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    No I don't get it. I only use the double click like a back button . If I'm using about 3-4 apps together as a task I use the double click . Other than that I don't see the use of double click anyway. I don't think the double click is much more than an app usage history for me, and agree it's not faster to use it to open an app I haven't used in a few days. I don't see that as a problem though.
    I got xsysinfo to manage memory instead of closing them 1 at a time, if that's what you mean

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  6. jsh1120

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    I certainly agree that using the "most recent apps" bar to select apps you wish to run is inefficient. If you have a sufficient number of apps to make it difficult to identify the app you want on a single screen (and most of us do), it makes far more sense to organize the apps into groups and place them on separate screens according to some organizational principle you come up with.

    The "most recent" bar is useful only to quickly identify apps you've been using very recently (usually the first set shown) for those of us whose short term memory is affected either by age or consumption of recreational substances. It roughly corresponds to the "last six" app box that an Android user can access quickly (by a long press on the Home button) in that environment. Apple apparently felt that it was advantageous in some way to enable the user to see every app they've run since the last system reboot rather than limit the list to some arbitrary number or time slice.

    I also suspect that it exists to cope with a condition I've only run across once in the five months I've owned an iPad. Running Rage HD last week, the app reported it did not have enough available memory to run and asked me to close some apps. I suspect that Apple provided the "most recent" bar as a tool to use in that situation. Again, that contrasts with Android's more complex multi-tasking functionality where the OS detects and then resolves that situation without user intervention.

    Finally, although it would be very rare in the iOS environment, it's possible (I suspect) that an app could slip past Apple's quality control and "go rogue" by continuing to run even when the user believes he/she has stopped using it. In such a case, the "most recent" bar would be useful in identifying the culprit. That use, of course, is not functionality that Apple would be likely to publicize, but I suspect it may have been a reason the engineers included the feature in a relatively accessible (but otherwise not visible) spot.
     
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  7. GoPackGo

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    There are only a few apps that I use every time I wake up/turn on my iPad, and those are mainly in my bar at the bottom. I don't double click the home button in order to go to recent apps - I only double click it to periodically "kill" apps to save up memory. I really don't find it in convenient to go through my apps in my folders to find the app I want. But that's just me.
     
  8. jawm

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    As far as I know, the only app you can get is from Cydia, once you've jailbroken your ipad. I use it on my ipad and iphone to get some memory back.
     
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    I LIKE the ability to double click the home button to close running apps. I like having that control and the ability to "free up memory"" as needed. Then again, maybe I'm just anal.:eek:

    Cheers, Dan
     
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    Xsysinfo .

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