A couple of weeks ago, reports surfaces that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s upcoming iOS 8 will have split-screen multitasking feature for the iPad. The feature would bring the iOS on par with multitasking experiences offered by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Surface tablets and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930)’s Galaxy Tab. Consumers have been demanding it for a long time.
Split-screen feature could be added before the iOS 8 actually comes out
There were speculations that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) would showcase the split-screen multitasking feature inside the iOS 8 during its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2. But the feature won’t debut at WWDC because it’s still a work in progress, sources familiar with the matter told Brian Chen of The New York Times. Designed for the iPad Air, the feature allows users to run two apps at the same time side-by-side while in the landscape mode.
Split-screen multitasking feature is important for professionals and business executives who need to juggle between multiple things. While it may disappoint some people that they won’t be able to see the feature soon, it underlines the fact that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is going to add this functionality to the iOS 8. If it’s not ready for WWDC preview, we believe the feature will be included before the iOS 8 actually comes out, most likely with the launch of the iPhone 6 in September
iOS 8 likely to have inter-app sharing feature
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) tries to get things right before showing it to the public. Besides split-screen multitasking, the iOS 8 is also expected to bring the inter-app sharing feature. It will allow users to share images, music, videos, text, links from one app to another. The multitasking feature will initially be limited to the iPad Air. It’s still unclear whether the smaller iPad Mini and the iPhone would get the functionality.
The iOS 8 will reportedly not support the older devices such as the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is also expected to announce Mac OS X 10.10 at the Worldwide Developers Conference.
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