Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th May 2014 16:58 UTC

iOS 8 is likely to supercharge the functionality of Apple's iPad with a new split-screen multitasking feature, according to sources with knowledge of the enhancement in development. These people say that the feature will allow iPad users to run and interact with two iPad applications at once. Up until now, each iPad application either developed by Apple or available on the App Store is only usable individually in a full-screen view.

The ability to use multiple applications simultaneously on a tablet's display takes a page out of Microsoft's playbook. Microsoft's Surface line of tablets has a popular "snap" multitasking feature that allows customers to snap multiple apps onto the screen for simultaneous usage. The feature is popular in the enterprise and in environments where users need to handle multiple tasks at the same time.

No, this is not a "page out of Microsoft's playbook". What is wrong with these people that features that have been part of computing for decades are now magically new just because they're on a mobile device?

Please, stop this madness.

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Too late
by th3rmite on Tue 13th May 2014 18:12 UTC
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This is too late for those of us who wanted a tablet form factor that could be used as a laptop when needed. Especially since myself and others I know needed full MS Office capability. Windows 8.1 tablets are really coming into their own with products like the Asus T100 being so affordable. I do prefer IOS or even Android apps to Windows apps, but the ability to run a full MS Office alongside other apps was just too much to justify buying another Ipad.

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