A growing number of iPhone and iPad users have taken to news boards to moan about poor RAM management on iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, leading to apps like Safari, YouTube, and Overcast reloading more frequently upon being reopened.
MacRumors has been compiling the complaints, some of which it has had to edit because the fanboys left their caps lock on because they were so terribly cross and don’t know how to swear correctly because their mummies would spank them.
One user complained he was watching a video on YouTube on his iPhone 11 Pro.
“I pause the video to respond to a text message. I was in iMessage for less than one minute. When I returned to YouTube it reloaded the app, and I lost the video I was watching. I noticed this a lot on my iPad Pro too. Apps and Safari tabs reloading a lot more frequently than they did in iOS 12. Very annoying.”
Another user was working on a spreadsheet in Excel and switched to a YouTube video for 10 mins. When he came back the iPhone had forgotten all about his Excel work and shut it down. The app was no longer in memory.
“Not just that, it also flushed all Safari tabs out of memory too. None of the games are staying in memory after 20 mins”, he moaned. MacRumors being an Apple fanzine dismissed the comments as “anecdotal” but admitted the problems appear to have become worse with iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2.
Artist, designer and developer Nick Heer wrote in his blog: “I’m used to the camera purging all open apps from memory on my iPhone X, but iOS 13.2 goes above and beyond in killing background tasks. Earlier today, I was switching between a thread in Messages and a recipe in Safari and each app entirely refreshed every time I foregrounded it. This happens all the time throughout the system in iOS 13: Safari can't keep even a single tab open in the background, every app boots from scratch, and using iOS feels like it has regressed to the pre-multitasking days.”
One thing we find amusing about these complaints is how Apple fanboys seem to be attempting to multitask in the same way as Android users and complaining that Jobs’ Mob software is not up to snuff. Yet it has always been like this because iPhone multi-tasking has been more aspirational than professional.