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While the iPad will not support the multitasking features presented by Apple last week at their iPhone OS 4 Preview until this fall, some developers have taken it upon themselves to provide solutions. Several new iPad apps feature the ability to run multiple instances side by side, allowing the user to manage web interfaces such as Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail simultaneously without exiting the app.
Today Apple announced a developer preview of iPhone OS 4.0. The new OS will be available for developers later today and to consumers this summer. The update provides over 1,500 new APIs for developers and over 100 new user features. Apple focused on seven new iPhone OS 4 features, first and most noteworthy is the ability to run 3rd-party applications in the background via the use of new multitasking APIs.
Apple stated that the reason they held off on multitasking was to avoid performance losses and significant battery drain, and 4.0 provides multitasking features without most of the negative aspects. The multitasking APIs allow applications to run specific services in the background while the full application is suspended. Photos follow below.
Rumors are abound today suggesting that iPhone OS 4.0 will offer multitasking in the near future. AppleInsider quotes "people with a proven track record" as saying that we may see multitasking this summer. 9to5Mac is showing off comments found in the source code within the latest SDK. The information from AppleInsider reads like a guess, presented as fact. But if the screenshot from 9to5Mac is real, there is not only support for multitasking, but it even presents the method for displaying the multitasking dialog box.
Now that devs and hackers have had a chance to play with the iPad simulator, they've begun making some interesting discoveries. Over the weekend, Engadget heard from extremely trusted sources that iPad OS 3.2 has support for video calling which might explain why their leaked photos seemed to have a front-facing camera in them.
According to their source, 3.2 includes hooks to accept and decline a video conference as well as flip video, suggesting a front-facing camera. It also has hooks to run the video call in full screen or in a portion of the screen, suggesting that 3.2 might include some additional multitasking support. However, if the iPad does have video chat support, it would make sense to provide access to other apps during a video call just as the iPhone lets you use other apps during a phone call.