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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RE: DIfferent != Not new
by tupp on Wed 14th May 2014 00:13 UTC in reply to "DIfferent != Not new"
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I know this site is a bit anti-apple,...

It's not anti-Apple here -- there are plenty of very vocal Apple supporters in this forum, with only a few non-apple folks who bother to show that "the emperor has no clothes."

... but just because desktop computer OSs have had something for ages but it's never been done on the computer in your pocket doesn't mean it's not new.

It's not new. Multiple windows was done on mobile OSs long, LONG ago, and such a notion is quite obvious.

Fanboys merely need use common sense and open their eyes to the numerous examples already mentioned/linked in this very thread.

I mean, if I figured a way to have a jet engine and wings on a car would that be something new and interesting or ignored because jets have had engines and wings for decades?

Lots of cars have had jet engines, and countless flying cars have appeared within the last six or seven decades (no doubt, a few of them sporting jet engines). There might be something interesting in your particular configuration, but the general concept of a flying jet car would be nothing new.

Also this is a rumor, most likely not bound in reality at all, so no one outside of bloggers are claiming it's some revolutionary and new thing (if they are indeed claiming anything like that, and if it's not in relation to iOS, to which is *is* a new thing), so we really need to settle down a bit ;)

Nobody's excited except for the fanboys.

Edited 2014-05-14 00:15 UTC

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