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One of the few advantages to owning a tablet other than an iPad is the ability to view and work with two applications at once, but as 9to5Mac reports, unnamed sources suggest the Apple faithful may soon get to enjoy the feature as well. Details are scarce, but even the modicum of information available hints at great things to come for the productivity minded.
Apple is rumored to be designing the feature as a part of iOS 8 for 9.7-inch iPad models, although it's currently unknown if the Cupertino company plans to extend the functionality to smaller units such as the iPad mini.
Concept via 9to5Mac
Allegedly the feature will not only allow you to see content from one app alongside another app; you might also be able to drag content such as photos and text from one app to the other. As with Microsoft's Surface 2, the feature might be limited to landscape mode since portrait mode tends to squash the images too much (unless Apple also decides to arrange them from top to bottom). Of course, the big question is, "How can Apple pull this off without being accused of flat-out copying Microsoft?"
Such a move would mark yet another high point in the evolution of iOS's multitasking features. When Apple's mobile operating system first appeared, you couldn't easily switch between apps unless the programs were designed by Apple, but developers have been able to design apps to run in the background ever since iOS 4. As of today, though, you're still limited to looking at one app on the screen at a time.
We'll likely get to see if there's any truth to the rumor once WWDC rolls around on June 8, when Apple is widely expected to reveal iOS 8 and at least one of the two new rumored iPhones. This isn't the first major rumor about iOS 8 that's been relayed by 9to5Mac; previously, the site announced that the operating system would place a heavy emphasis on health monitoring, although sources later countered that the features weren't quite as innovative as the initial article claimed.
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