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Mix: 3G multitasking, Flash, Palm, Google

According to a Twitter update from jailbreaker Will Strafach, multitasking can be enabled on the iPhone 3G by making a simple edit to a plist document. Strafach writes that all that is needed to enable the feature is to set “multitasking=TRUE” on the capabilities plist in the file “N82AP.plist;” notably, this requires root access to the device. Apple has said that it was leaving multitasking off the iPhone 3G and second-generation iPod touch due to hardware limitations. [via MacStories]

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Adobe has admitted that Flash’s exclusion from the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad could hurt the company. “To the extent new releases of operating systems or other third-party products, platforms or devices, such as the Apple iPhone or iPad, make it more difficult for our products to perform, and our customers are persuaded to use alternative technologies, our business could be harmed,” Adobe said in the filing under a “risk factors” heading.

Apple competitor Palm Inc. is seeking potential buyers, according to a Bloomberg report. Citing three people familiar with the situation, the report states that the company, which employs many former Apple employees, including former Apple senior vice president Jon Rubinstein, is working with Goldman Sachs and Qatalyst Partners to find a buyer. HTC, Lenovo, Nokia, and China’s Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp are said to be potential purchasers.

In an interview with Reuters, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that Apple’s introduction of its iAd mobile advertising service will help his company in its bid to complete its acquisition of mobile advertising firm AdMob. Calling the move “evidence of a highly competitive market,” Schmidt said “It just seems obvious to me. I hope it (Google’s purchase of AdMob) gets approved.” Google has been waiting for FTC regulators to approve its purchase of AdMob; a developer who talked to Reuters said the regulatory group had been contacting various application developers trying to garner support for blocking the deal. “It’s been really interesting talking to them because they are so dead set against this,” said the developer. “They have been clearly positioning to try to stop this.”

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Well, now that that little multitasking tidbit is out, you can be sure that will change.


Posted by heyjp on April 12, 2010 at 2:50 PM (CDT)


I hope that publicly announcing the hack to enable pseudo-multitasking on 3G will not prompt Apple to fix this glaring oversight.

Posted by djman10 on April 13, 2010 at 12:43 AM (CDT)


from the description, root access is necessary to make the change. therefore, the iPhone needs to be jail broken before the change can be made. as long as iPhone OS 4.0 can be jail broken on an iPhone 3G, it should be possible to enable Apple’s brand of multitasking.

Posted by NumbuhOne on April 13, 2010 at 12:49 PM (CDT)


I enabled multitasking on my old 3G and it slowed it down noticeably, to the point where it would freeze for a couple of seconds.  Have disabled it again.

Apple aren’t just being mean here, the 3G just doesn’t have the power/memory etc. to run this acceptably.

Posted by Adam on June 21, 2010 at 7:14 PM (CDT)

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