It seems likely that he’s right about the future direction Apple will take with this. My own preference would be for a generalised events framework, maybe based on the existing notification support. If it supported launch-on-notification, there wouldn’t really be a need for background apps at all, it seems to me. Doing things this way would mean that it was possible to co-ordinate use of the device’s radios in a sensible way, and it would also allow applications to ask to have code run e.g. at a certain time in the future, without having to leave any of their own code running in the background.