XSysInfo memory manager
Peek under the iOS bonnet with this diagnostic app
iOS App of the Week Android devices have a memory manager utility that can show you which apps and services are running in the background, and allow you to shut them down in order to free up some extra memory.
XSysInfo provides more data than iOS 4's multitasking menu, including apps' impact on battery life (right)
Apple, being Apple, likes to keep that sort of information hidden away from its users. You can double-click the Home button on an iOS device to see which apps are running – and, to be fair, that’s probably all the detail that most people need to know.
But if you want a bit more information about what’s going on inside your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch then you should check out XZone Software's XSysInfo, which was recently updated to work with the iPad 2.
The app now supports the iPad 2 - where the UI has more room to breathe
The app’s main, Usage screen provides a number of details, including a breakdown of memory usage, apps and processes that are running, along with estimated battery life for tasks such as playing audio, video or web browsing. It also provides some basic network monitoring tools, including IP and MAC addresses, and the amount of data you’ve uploaded or downloaded.
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I can't help but wonder who this is really aimed at. Surely all the techies who like looking at processes and memory usage didn't buy iPhones, preferring instead Android?
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"Also, there were certainly system montoring apps available through the App Store in 2008."
Of which I remember at least one getting kicked out of the App Store, hence the comment. :)
re: Back in my day...
This particular app came out well over a year ago. Also, there were certainly system montoring apps available through the App Store in 2008.
Nope, jailbroken devices don't have such an app by default - although there are apps one can install.
The company that makes this particular app only produces iOS software and hasn't produced apps specially for jailbroken devices.
...doesn't one then simply press-&-hold an icon to invoke the delete-jigglies, and then one can close as many background apps as one wishes?
I tend to perform this clean-up function at least once a day to close many dozens of apps that may or may not still be running in the background. Especially if I've been streaming media over 3G - I want to make sure that is really turned-off when I'm done with it. This clean-up must do something since an app that is closed is removed from the background app scroll bar.