Multitasking Coming to iPad with iPhone OS 4.0, in the Fall

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Multitasking is coming to the iPad soon, via a free operating system update

So … one bit of fantastic news for the iPad today.  Multitasking will be coming to it via the iPhone OS 4.0 update (iPhone OS is the operating system that both the iPad and the iPhone run) – which was previewed at Apple’s big event today.  See our sister site for heaps of great coverage on the Apple event and what we learned:

The not quite so fantastic news is that the iPad has to wait longer for the OS 4.0 update than the iPhone.  The iPhone will get the update ‘this summer’ and the iPad ‘this fall. Still, hopefully that means right around 6 months from now.

If you’re not familiar with the term multitasking, in this case what it means is the ability to run multiple apps at once – including third party apps.  And to switch easily and rapidly between them.  So, just as a very quick for instance, you will be able to browse the web or work with email while the Pandora Radio app continues to play music in the background.

The OS 4.0 has lots of other strong new features to it as well – we’ll get to those in posts soon as well.  For today though, multitasking was the star of the show, and rightly so.  This will really let us all make much greater use of the iPad’s powerful capabilities when the update hits.

Did you follow the Apple event today?  If so, what are your thoughts on it?

Patrick Jordan

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3 thoughts on “Multitasking Coming to iPad with iPhone OS 4.0, in the Fall”

  1. I followed it and it had a few suprises I wasn´t expecting. It was kinda cool to se a gaming network like on x-box and I think it will be a big hit since people play a lot of games. The map-system seems very usefull to. I am still figuring out how to close the applikations that are running in the background when you are multitasking. Did Steve mention how to close applikations?

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