You don't need to close apps on your iPhone

You don't need to close apps on your iPhone

alex heath iphone 2_1024The process of quitting an app actually uses up battery

Closing unused apps on your iPhone won’t improve its battery

I repeat
, opening up the multitasking window and swiping apps
off the screen won’t help your iPhone get through the day.

This myth that it does has persisted for years. Apple blogger and
podcaster John Gruber said
earlier this week
 it’s the “single biggest misconception
about iOS,” the software that iPhones run on.

Apple has also busted the myth. Executives have said in emails
that swiping apps off the screen doesn’t help your iPhone’s
battery life. 

Last year, Apple fan Caleb sent an email to CEO Tim Cook asking,
“Do you quit your iOS multitasking apps frequently and is this
necessary for battery life?”

Craig Federighi, the head of software development at
Apple, replied: “No and No. :-)”

9to5Mac has
a copy of the email

The myth that closing unused apps
can save battery life has
been long-running and pernicious. It’s widely believed, and it
has even been suggested by reputable publications as a tip.

That has led to the popular habit of swiping to close the apps in
the multitasking window until it’s entirely empty.

Alex Heath / Business Insider

The misconception has been debunked several times, but former
Apple technician and MartianCraft CEO Kyle Richter wrote a great
and detailed explanation
earlier this month about why closing
unused apps could actually hurt your phone’s battery life.

Many people think that force-quitting these apps will at the very
least do no harm since “they aren’t running anyways.” The logic
of “…you might as well quit, just in case” comes into play …

The very process of quitting an app will use up a measurable
amount of battery life. There are times when the device may need
those resources and it will quit the app on your behalf, which
will drain the battery in the same fashion. However, modern
smartphones have an abundance of memory and you would be
surprised how often an app can just stay suspended forever. This
is doubly true for any app that you are frequently launching and
using, these apps in all likelihood will never need to be closed
and the repetitive exiting and relaunching can have a very
noticeable toll on your battery life.

Federighi obviously didn’t go into the same level of detail as
Richter, but he clearly has a great grasp of how iOS works, and
his word should be considered the final one on closing unused

So the next time you have an Apple rumor you want busted, you
might try shooting an email to an Apple executive. They might
just respond.

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Published at Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:02:17 +0000 from Google News

Ron Kerr

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