iPhone update might address multitasking complaint

Topping the wish list for many iPhone and iPad users is a broader ability to run more than one program at a time—and on April 8, Apple Inc. will unveil updates to the software that powers both devices, reports the Associated Press. Will the update address these concerns? Although Apple has provided no details, iPhone owners and computer programmers who write applications for the popular smart phone are hoping the company will address their gripes about limits to such multitasking. The matter might escalate as people with iPads, which have larger screens, try to use them in place of more powerful computers. The iPhone already allows for some multitasking, but that’s largely limited to Apple’s own programs; Apple has yet to give users ways to seamlessly switch among all the software “apps” available from outside software companies, the way phones from rivals Palm Inc. and Google Inc. already do. That’s unacceptable to many users and software developers, and full multitasking remains high on many people’s wish lists. Because Apple’s new iPad runs the same software as the iPhone, changes would apply to that larger gadget as well. Some people have held off buying one because of its inability to run more than one program at a time…

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