The ability to use multiple applications simultaneously on a tablet’s display takes a page out of Microsoft’s playbook. Microsoft’s Surface line of tablets has a popular “snap” multitasking feature that allows customers to snap multiple apps onto the screen for simultaneous usage. The feature is popular in the enterprise and in environments where users need to handle multiple tasks at the same time.
Microsoft has even released an ad comparing multitasking features for the Surface and iPad:
The feature has opened up the door for the Surface to be a true laptop replacement, and will further herald the iPad as Apple’s vision of the future for mobile computing.
In addition to allowing for two iPad apps to be used at the same time, the feature is designed to allow for apps to more easily interact, according to the sources. For example, a user may be able to drag content, such as text, video, or images, from one app to another.
A sure sign of Apple evolving the iPad and iOS is when they embrace ideas that competitors already have, but ideas that Apple have stayed away from to make sure they get it right. I have always preferred the focused-one app at a time scenario but even if Apple just made the feature an option in settings, it still further makes the iPad and iOS in particular more powerful still.