Rumor: Multitasking coming to iPhone OS 4.0

by admin March 11, 2010 at 10:20 pm

“And it’s about damn time!”

Sorry, that was just my excited utterance upon reading Thursday morning’s AppleInsider story about iPhone OS 4.0. It cites “people with a proven track record” in claiming that multitasking will finally make its debut.

Multitasking, of course, refers to the operating system’s ability to run more than one app at a time and let you switch between them at will, just like you can do in Windows, Mac OS, Android, Palm WebOS, and just about every other OS on the planet–mobile or otherwise.

The iPhone OS currently offers limited multitasking: You can listen to music while, say, reading a book, and keep a phone call active while browsing in Safari, but that’s about it.

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