Apple has missed a self-imposed deadline for bringing background-processing capabilities--of sorts--to the iPhone.
When Apple revealed thatduring its March iPhone SDK event, developers, as they are wont to do, grumbled about the slight. So in , Apple promised to give developers to notify iPhone users running one application when fresh data was available for another application not in use.
However, as Macworld notes, Apple had promised to deliver that capability by September. It's now October. With one major iPhone update out of the way , and with 2.2 expected to focus more on cosmetic changes, it doesn't seem that Apple is planning to introduce this service any time soon.
Dan Moren at Macworld makes the point that Apple perhaps decided that given, fixing those bugs with the 2.1 release took precedence over rolling out the notification service. That certainly makes sense, and given this week, perhaps the rollout is around the corner.
But this is an important capability that Apple needs to get up and running as soon as possible. Granted,by the lack of background processing to date, but given the choice, I'm sure developers could employ that technology to great effect.