Apple Is Going To Copy Microsoft And Let You Run Two Apps At Once On The iPad

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Apple's next version of iOS, its operating system for iPhones and iPads, will let you run two apps at once in a split-screen view on the iPad, according to Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac.

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It will be very similar to the way Windows 8 tablets like Microsoft's Surface let you run two apps at once. Many of Samsung's Android tablets also let you run multiple apps at once in a split-screen mode.

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However, it sounds like there may be some limitations. It's possible the multitasking feature will only work on Apple's full-sized, 9.7-inch iPads like the iPad Air or fourth-generation iPad with Retina display. It may not work on the 7.9-inch iPad Mini. Also, the multitasking feature may only work if your iPad is in landscape mode, not portrait.

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Apple will likely introduce the new version of iOS, iOS 8, at its WWDC developers conference on June 2. But if Apple follows its usual pattern, iOS 8 will only be available to app developers for the first few months. It will then launch publicly in the fall, probably along with a new iPhone model.