SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Apple's iOS 8 mobile operating system reportedly will bring split-screen multitasking to the iPad.
Samsung has long mocked Apple for its lack of split-screen multitasking, as has Microsoft, which recently released an advert comparing the Surface's multitasking to the iPad, below.
According to 9to5Mac, Apple plans to hit back with iOS 8. Citing "sources with knowledge of the enhancement in development", the website reported that Apple will add split-screen multitasking in the next version of iOS, allowing users to use two iPad applications at once.
The incoming feature will also allow apps to interact more easily, 9to5Mac noted, citing the example that users might be able to drag content - such as text, video or images - from one app to another. This suggests that Apple is ready to add "XPC support" into iOS, 9to5Mac added, which would mean that developers could design apps that will be able to share content.
iPad users need not get too excited though, as the website's sources said that iPad split-screen multitasking "could be pushed back to iOS 8.1".
Still, that's not all iOS 8 is expected to deliver. According to previous speculation, Apple will take on Samsung with more than multitasking, with iOS set to introduce a Healthbook app, which will likely be similar to the S Health app found on the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Apple is expected to unveil iOS 8 at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) next month. There's talk that iOS 8 will debut a reworked Apple Maps application, iTunes Radio in the UK and an iWatch Utility app, hinting that the long-rumoured iWatch will arrive shortly after WWDC.
Apple has not commented on the rumours. µ