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iPhone SDK Beta 4 May Allow Background Processes

One of the biggest problems that developers and end users alike have had with the iPhone SDK is the reported limitations with regards to background processes. By limitations, we mean that the original SDK guidelines specified that third-party applications were simply not permitted to run processes in the background. This would have been a huge problem. Hoards of potential applications would be rendered useless by these restrictions. Examples include IM apps, profile implementation and scheduling apps, theft recovery applications and thousands of other possibilities. While it still may be a problem, the latest word on the street is that the new iPhone SDK beta that has just been released may have changed the rules in this department. An anonymous developer who recently analyzed the latest SDK made some interesting findings:

There are definitely some very interesting methods added to UIApplication’s delegate, including methods for badging the Springboard icon, and methods related to gaining and resigning “active” status – seems like background apps may be permitted somehow.

Apple seems to be making a habit of not only listening to internet outcry, but responding to it as well. That, people, is a very good thing.

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Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.