Apple's iOS 8 side-by-side multitasking not yet ready -- report
The feature is reportedly destined for iOS 8 but won't be shown at next week's WWDC, says a New York Times tech reporter.
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The ability to run two apps side-by-side has long been available on both Samsung and Microsoft Windows 8 tablets. For example, on a Windows 8 tablet, you can snap two apps together so each one takes up one slice of the screen. Apple's iOS offers its own form of multitasking in which you can switch from one open app to another, but you can't view more than one app at the same time.
Also unknown is whether the split-screen multitasking would be limited to the iPad with its 9.7-inch screen or would also be accessible on an iPhone or iPad Mini. Such a feature would certainly be at home on an even bigger-screened iPad.
Rumors popping earlier this year claimed that Apple was cooking up a larger-screened iPad that could potentially serve as more of a laptop replacement. Microsoft has touted its new 12-inch Surface Pro 3 as just that. And though a recent report claimed that Apple has shelved the big-screen iPad, an IHS analyst recently told CNET that the device could yet live if the necessary use-case could be made for it.