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iOS 8 to get several multitasking app sizes, code hints

updated 04:47 pm EDT, Mon June 9, 2014

Feature's arrival time still up for debate

Code in the iOS 8 beta suggests that Apple's planned iOS multitasking will support multiple window sizes, according to developer Steven Troughton-Smith. The firmware's internal SpringBoard is said to make reference to 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 ratios. Despite the different sizes it's expected that an iPad will still only be able to run two apps simultaneously, unlike tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, which can run up to four.

The feature wasn't shown at WWDC last week. Apple could be holding it back until iOS 8 ships this fall, since sometime during the season the company is due to release updated iPads. Rumors have hinted at the prospect of a 12.9-inch iPad, which might be a showcase for multitasking. Alternately Apple may have to wait for a point release of iOS like 8.1.

by MacNN Staff





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