iPhone and iPad Can No Longer Multitask with iOS/iPadOS 13.2 Update


The iOS 13.2 is a significant incremental upgrade with the Deep Fusion feature enabled for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Deep Fusion captures eight exposures of a picture and compared at pixel level using the Neural Processing Unit (NPU) of the A13 Bionic SoC. The update also added 59 new emojis and it upgraded Siri with the Announce Messages feature. It means that people with accompanying devices that have Apple H1 chip like Airpods and Airpods Pro, could ask Siri to read the messages. To make reply, users could dictate using Siri. However, despite the useful upgrades, the iOS 13.2 has an issue. Reddit users and Apple Communities members are reporting that the update has memory management issue. Apparently, when you watch a YouTube video and then pause it when you receive a call, the video is gone when you complete your voice conversation.

It seems that the iOS 13.2 update is a bit aggressive in killing apps, rendering iPhone 11 incapable of performing heavy-duty multitasking operations. This problem isn’t only isolated to playing YouTube videos. Another user reported that switching between Apollo and WhatsApp isn’t possible, because the iPhone will reload Apollo each time. While the iPhone is a memory-efficient platform, the latest iOS update makes it impossible to run two apps concurrently. A user with iPhone X who habitually purge open apps from the memory before doing a heavy task said that the iOS 13.2 also kills background tasks. Every app needs to boot from scratch and even Safari browser can’t keep just a single tab in the background. It feels that latest iPhone models have regressed to an era when iPhone could only run one app at a time.

All the new 2019 models of iPhone have 4GB of RAM, which doesn’t seem much, if we consider that many Android models already have 6GB and 8GB of RAM. A few Android devices even have 12GB of RAM. However, we can’t make a direct comparison, because in its normal state, iPhone is very efficient in terms of RAM usages. If many users claim that iPhone 11 is no longer able to multitask, then it’s a pretty strong opinion for Apple. It’s a problem that needs to be addressed soon. Officially, the iPhone becomes a multitasking-capable device with the iOS 4. The oldest devices that get the iOS 13.2 update are iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. So, it means that a huge proportion of iPhone users are affected by this serious issue. The iPadOS 13.2 is also affected by this deficiency, which is a bigger deal, because large-screened iPad models are meant as laptop alternative with their Smart Keyboard support.