Sunday, January 17, 2010

Auto-Save On All Apps

I was writing a really long post today on the iPhone. It was about McDonald's free Wi-Fi and how it can be very important in helping the fast food joint maintain its lead over competitors. I was about to post it and then a call came in.

I answered the call, chatted with the caller, and hung up. I went back to the app and guess what? I lost everything.

Here are a couple of things that I like to see Apple require from all of its app developers:
  • During the initiation of the call, the hitting of the home button, or any activity that takes the user away from the app in use, the app will go into a sleep mode or saved mode.  This will make sure any unsaved data is still in the memory somewhere and easily retrievable.
  • After a call, I like to see the iPhone take the user back to the original app unless the home button is pressed.
I'm not a developer so I don't know if these protocols are already available to the programmer.  And it is, it ought to be a requirement.  If not, Apple should make the appropriate changes and add them to the next version of the SDK.

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