Video Shows Multitasking Working On Jailbroken iPhone 3G Running iPhone OS 4


iPhone OS 4.0 features

The iPhone OS 4 preview page on Apple’s websites states that not all features are compatible with all iDevices and points out that the multitasking feature won’t be available for iPhone 3G and the second-generation iPod touch users.

Steve Jobs had also clarified in the Q&A session during the iPhone OS 4 special event that Multitasking won't be available on iPhone 3G as the hardware just couldn’t support it.

But you might remember that we had reported that a developer had figured out that modifying the N82AP.plist could enable the multitasking feature even for iPhone 3G users.

BoyGeniusReport has discovered a YouTube video, which shows the multitasking feature working on an jailbroken iPhone 3G running iPhone OS 4 beta.

Apple’s decision to disable the multitasking feature for iPhone 3G users has been hotly debated since the iPhone OS 4 special event.

It's speculated that enabling multitasking on the iPhone 3G would make it sluggish as it only has 128MB RAM, which is half the RAM available in iPhone 3GS

Apple is in a no-win situation on this one. iPhone 3G users are unhappy that one of the major features in iPhone OS 4.0 is not available to them but if it had enabled this feature for iPhone 3G, Apple would get criticized and receive complaints for the sluggish performance.

Let us know your views in the comments

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  • el Braddles

    Upgrade to the new model of the phone. Stop whinging.

  • Ybt

    That's what I'm saying!!!

  • Why doesn't Apple just give us the option to turn multitasking off or limit the number of Apps that the 3G can keep open at the same time? Limited multitasking would be better than no multitasking.

  • I'm not exactly sure what "whinging" is but not everyone can afford to upgrade their iPhone every year. Don't forget that just a year ago the 3G was still the most current model.

  • Tom

    Since when does apple give you the option to do anything. With their idiotic products you do what they say.

  • gohans

    If you want it so bad on your 3G, fucking save your money and buy one, stop your whining. If apple allows multitasking on the 3G, you all will be whining about the slowness response of the phone or some idiots will sue apple for releasing an update that slows down the 3G.

    So either way you all will be whining!!!
    STFU already!

  • Why are people complaining? You guys do realize the day after 3G users get OS 4.0, the jailbreak community will post a tweak on Cydia to enable multitasking. I do agree with gohans, most of 3G users' contracts will end soon (assuming you got the 3G when it was first released) so just buy the 4th Generation iPhone.

  • David

    Bullshit, that wasn't a 3G iPhone. You can see how fast it runs. Wife's and brother's 3G doesn't not run that fast. If you look carefully everything was run too smoothly on that suppose 3G iPhone. Just my 2 cents in that video. He did not prove to us whether it was a 3G phone other than saying it is.

  • Personally, I don't think its BS. Think about it: The iPhone 3G S would run more smoother because it has more ram. The video shown above shows how much you have to wait to have the application actually respond (Example: The Clock application opened fast but it did not load up like a 3G S would). I agree that the it did seem pretty smooth, but don't you think that Apple would improve OS in terms of smoothness?

    Your Wife's and brother's 3G doesn't run that fast because your still running 3.x.x.
    Unless they have OS 4.0.

    In conclusion, I do believe this video is legit in terms of "the iPhone shown above is in fact a 3G."

    Anyone care to comment on my reasoning?

  • nsfw

    Most 3G users will be up for a two year subsidized renewal at some point in 2010. Maybe not the fisrt day the forth version is released but soon after.
    I love when people who are paying $79 and $99 a month for a smartphone cry poverty when they are required to pony up $199 every two years to keep up with the latest and greatest hardware and features.

  • Keith

    "Apple is in a no-win situation on this one. iPhone 3G users are unhappy that the one of the major features
    in iPhone OS 4.0 is not available to them but if it had enabled this feature for iPhone 3G, Apple would get criticized and receive complaints for the sluggish performance
    after upgrading to iPhone OS 4."

    Well said! My thoughts exactly.

  • aggitated……

    Well, i have a 3G, jailbroken, but only for the multitasking. my phone has never been too slow for me to get upset as it, and if it ever is, i just close an application that im not using, i guess im the only one?? believe it or not 128 MB is alot of room if you use if wisely. oh and isnt Apple saying that flash is a system hog, ext ext (more bs….) the MINIMUM system requirements for either a PC or a MAC is 128mb of ram (and thats with the os of a COMPUTER, not a simple PHONE), surely apple, you can make 3 of your 19 MB programs (haha at most) run on 128 MB…. so if my computer with 128mb of ram can run flash, SURELY you can manage to make multitasking on my 3G…. Unless you want us to start calling your iPhone everything you have called flash (memory hog, outdated, ect….). Its something to think about Apple. Start playing fairly. I wish Adobe would come out with a flash based smartphone, there are already TONS of games out there, and the potential is GREAT. I REALLY wish someone would come out with an iPhone killer, not to kill the iPhone, but make Jobs really have to work for all this money we are all just throwing at him like a stripper on a pole……..

  • Free:Tard

    3g is as sluggish as fuck anyway. Running a jb 3g the only way I could get halfway decent performance was to constantly kill safari and mail in bg. If apple wasn't trying to cloak the ball achingly shit performance of safari by keeping it open as much as possible, all versions would be more performant.

  • skaar

    You prick, if you had an iphone 3GS you would know that it has compass app that can not be removed because its a stock app and the one in the video clearly doesn't.

    Please do your research before bashing on things. Have a great day.

  • 3.1.3gs

    Find a used one on eBay 🙂

  • Nice catch! I guess I didn't need to give him an explanation 😛

  • just sayin'

    actually, it was 2 years ago when the iphone 3g was the newest model. the 3gs has been around for about a year now.

    if you bought the 3gs last year, then no worries..if not, time to upgrade.

    or just jailbreak.

  • just sayin'

    actually, it was 2 years ago when the iphone 3g was the newest model. the 3gs has been around for about a year now.

    if you bought the 3gs last year, then no worries..if not, time to upgrade.

    or just jailbreak.

  • alex

    you can hide it using tools from cydia … u dont remove it u hide it ….

  • alex

    but we agree that its not 3gs its 3g

  • 3.1.3Gs

    Thats a 3G, my 3Gs loads that clock up twice as fast.

  • Jory

    If anyone has a iphone developer account with slots open please email joryjohnson@ymail.com

    im going to buy my 3gs over tomorrow

  • Harsha

    why is there a debate that ppl should update their iphone…

    – iphone 3g is NOT old.. not even 2yrs since its release.. it was released in 11July2008.. ppl who bought iphone on the first day are still on contract with ATT!!!!!!!!! well support them… dont screw them!

    – well Apple says that 3G cannot support the multitasking… thats just full of crap… proof: the video… if bunch of hackers can do it.. then i m sure iphone techs can do it… unless there are bunch of marketing guys who are also sitting in the same room and saying.. "PLZ do not provide multitasking to iphone 3g guys… lets screw them for a while.. then they will update to 3GS.. and then we can screw then again after one yr from now, so then they will buy new 4G…"

    Thanks,
    welcome to iphone 4.0

  • Harsha

    dude,, nsfw..

    its not been 2 yrs!!

  • The 3GS came out June of last year, so a year ago the 3G was still the most current model – even though it had been out for almost a year at that point.
    What it comes down to it, like you said, we either have to upgrade or jailbreak. If Apple won't support their own products fully anymore, then it'll just force more people to circumvent their policies.

  • Jcm800

    I'll comment – it's a 3G

  • E-moral

    I find it funny how the IPhone 3g will not support multitasking unless it's to show ads. Again the reason to jailbreak.

  • Bob

    Actually the beta version doesn't really implement multi tasking. I saw a video and read a blog posting on prolificmovement.blogspot.com

    The guy there really shed light on the Beta software. He also predicts that the full multi tasking feature would be up and running by the official release.

  • Darren

    this kids a douche lol
    the reason the multitasking runs "so fast" on your 3g is because you are running the iphone os 4.0 beta 1 and only multitasking 2 apps….WOW!, after beta 2 you will realize that the 3g is nowhere close to being smooth, as the beta 2 implements more visual elements into multitasking. beta 1 just switches to the other backgrounded apps just like you would open an app from the home screen where as the new beta 2 has a smoother and clever looking flip animation that makes the 3G struggle if you have more than 2 apps open, dont being a little bitch and get a 3GS like the rest of us….or…dont use multitasking lol