Apple Exec Confirms: Closing Multitasking Apps On iPhone Won’t Save Battery Life

Managed by an Apple customer to shoot down a popular myth about the iPhone multitasking and associated battery, thanked by Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software, Craig Fedeighi. It’s been a long-standing game in some circles that using the multitasking feature of iOS to force quit apps help save an iPhone’s battery life, or to improve the speediness of the software when the samrtphone becomes slow. But it has now been confirmed by Apple executive that closing multitasking apps on iPhones doesn’t really help save battery life, and “No” is the answer.

The myth that opening up the iOS app switcher and killing background apps would preserve batter life on iPhone or iPad, was the case. If you’re one of those owners suffers from depletion at an accelerated rate, then the chances are that you have gone through every process recommended on the Internet to try it out and hold onto every single drop of power possible. Where empirical research advises owners to kill all apps from the app switcher, which is also a kind known as multitasking tray. In this theory those apps, although inactive, are still consuming memory and power resources to remain in the background. This iPhone owner really wanted to query that with CEO Tim Cook, and 9to5Mac has got the chance to obtain a copy of that email.

Originally sent to Tim Cook on the evening of March 6, 2016, asks if the Apple’s CEO personally quits apps from the iOS app switcher on his iPhone on a regular basis. And if so, is it necessary for the preservation of battery life? Calep signs the email off with the declaration that he’s rooting for Apple in its encryption case against the FBI.

Unfortunately, he didn’t get the reply that he would have wanted from Apple’s enigmatic Tim Cook, but he did get the answer from one of Apple’s high-ranking executives, Craig Federighi, this:

Simply choosing to answer the question of “Do you quit your iOS multitasking apps frequently, and is this necesarry for battery life?” with a straifgt forward proclamation given “No and No“. He does append the answer with a little cheeky smiley face, and thanked Caleb “for being an Apple customer“.

To learn more about the simplest nature of swiping apps off of the multitasking landing pad, and subsiquently “quitting” them, helped create a widespread belief that an iPhone’s battery would be preserved for a little longer. In fact, doing this could result quite opposite, where, you could be shortening the battery life of your iPhone. Force quitting an app purges all of its code from the RAM of the device, requiring it to be re-loaded upon the next time you visit the app. Exceptions can be made by toggling off a feature called “Background App Refresh,” which the Facebook app was found to be suspiciously circumventing in recent months. The social media mobile app was discovered to be the culprit behind cases of dramatic battery drain, even when the Background App Refresh was completely turned off.

Apple indeed offering a simple but very useful tools to keep on top of things. Go to Settings > Battery > and scroll down to Battery Usage. Check “Last 24 hours” and “Last 7 Days”, which would give you a full picture at where the heaviest-hitting battery life apps are coming from. Stop them if required to save some of your iPhone battery life and consumption.

Or else restrict specific app access to Background App Refresh — or turn it off altogether. But that can drastically hinder cetain apps’ key features – in Settings > General > Background App Refresh.

Official Apple confirmation says that killing apps from the iOS app switcher does not offer any battery benefits at all at this point.

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