iOS 13.2 Introduces Severe Multitasking Bug

Apple’s newest mobile operating system has proven to be a challenging release. The latest update introduces a defect undermining multitasking.

By Chand Bellur

November 6, 2019 at 7:54 p.m. PDT

iOS 13 Defect Causes Apps to Lose State When Switched

Multitasking is an essential feature of any modern operating system. The ability to switch between multiple apps has been available for decades.

A recent iOS update introduces an app switching defect. Some apps are not persisting their state when they lose focus. This causes the app to refresh when reopened. If the end user is engaged in online shopping in Safari, for example, and switches to another app, and returns, the page will reload. This can result in lost data.

My own personal experience with this defect on iPadOS has been frustrating. I write articles using Pages and publish them using the WordPress web app.

Safari’s reloading issue makes it difficult to work. I cut and past the title, copy the article body, and return to Safari, only to see it reload without a title. I have to work around this by first publishing an empty article with a title, then add the body as an update.

Use Split View Multitasking When Possible

Split View multitasking may provide a workaround for those affected by this issue. It seems that web page reloading is the defect’s most common manifestation.

If you’re using a web application, such as online shopping, and need to open another app, try using side-by-side multitasking. Simply slide your finger up from the bottom of the screen to display the dock. Next, drag the desired app out of the dock and mount it on either side of Safari. This should allow you to use an additional app without having your page reload in Safari.

Apple will likely fix this defect soon in an upcoming iOS release. Overall, Apple products offer high quality, however, iOS 13 has been a problematic release. Apple should consider fewer features in future releases, as they seem to be biting off more than they can chew.

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