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What We Know So Far About Apple iOS 8: Release Date in June, Multitasking Support and More

May 25
11:25 AM 2014

Apple will soon release the iOS 8 this June during the Worldwide Developers Conference. As the release date approaches, more information about the iOS 8 features comes up. The latest hints that Apple may be working on a multitasking support for the iPad. People may soon be able to open two applications simultaneously or on either side of the iPad's screen. 

Previously, it was reported that Apple decided to focus on two products for the WWDC: the iOS 8 and the OS X Mavericks 10.10. According to a report by 9to5Mac, the tech giant will include a split-screen support feature on the upcoming OS. The feature will allow users to open two applications on the iPad dividing the screen into half. Previously, the iPad was limited to a "unitasking" mode. 

The inspiration behind the split-screen support system came from Microsoft's Surface 2. When in landscape mode, users can open two applications at once. For quite some time, it has been the definite advantage Microsoft had over Apple. This time, it will serve as a gateway for Apple to improve the overall user experience of the iPad. 

People can also transfer content like videos, images and text to different programs under the same feature. Apple's main goal this time is to help developers create apps that can interact better with each other. 

Apart from the split-screen support, Apple has also been reportedly working on providing better audio experience. CNET reported that Apple has been looking into the inclusion of high-definition audio playback in the iOS 8. Previously, iOS devices cannot handle high quality 24-bit audio files going more than 48 kHz. This time Apple will be introducing a few tweaks to accommodate better sound quality. Apple has not made official announcements about the iOS 8. People will have to wait until the WWDC to know more.

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