Maybe Apple is learning a thing or two from other competitors in the tablet market, which again just shows why competition is good for everyone. According to a new report from 9to5Mac on Tuesday, Apple is “likely” to add a new feature in iOS 8 that will allow users to multitask easier by running two applications side-by-side. Samsung already offers this on its Android tablets and it’s one of the distinguishing features in Windows 8.
9to5Mac said that Apple’s implementation isn’t just about multitasking, but about allowing two apps to interact with one another easily, which means you can move content from one window to another easily.
If you have a browser window open and an email open, for example, you can copy and paste text and other content, such as images, from the browser and into the email; this feature is available on both Samsung and Microsoft’s versions of side-by-side multitasking. The news outlet said developers will need to tweak existing app code for the functionality to work, and that it’s only being designed for use in landscape mode. On Samsung tablets, you can run one app below another in portrait mode as well.
9to5Mac said Apple will unveil iOS 8 and, hopefully, the new functionality, during WWDC in early June. “Think of iOS 8 as being what OS X Mavericks was to OS X last year,” one source told the news outlet.