So apparently iPhone OS 4 (or iOS, as it’s now awkwardly named), still has no way to sync data in the background. “Multitasking done right” indeed.

To be clear, that means that for every application that syncs data with the web, you must explicitly open it (and maybe tap some buttons) to initiate a sync. If you have a third-party mail client, an RSS reader, a todo list and instapaper, that’s quite a lot of tedium to go through every time you want to sync data. Heaven forbid you have more than a handful of apps that might need to talk to the internet without your explicit direction.

Get over your ego, Apple, and just copy android properly next time.