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One of the most requested features of Apple’s iPads is split screen multitasking, which would enable users of iPads in landscape orientation to “split” the screen into two halves, running a different app in each part of the screen. Long rumoured, this feature has never been officially acknowledged by Apple, but a recent tweet from New York Time reporter Brian Chen seems to indicate that it’s on its way.

Split screen multitasking is also one of the main features that Microsoft touts as a benefit of its Surface tablets, so by bringing this to iPad, Apple will be pushing Microsoft to bring in new ways of differentiating its products from the competition. Although nothing has been confirmed, it’s likely that split screen multitasking will be a feature of iOS8 for iPad Air, not it’s initially unlikely to be made available to iPad models prior to this. However, Brian Chen’s tweet suggests that the feature won’t be ready for the forthcoming Worldwide Developers Conference to be held next week, so it’s anyone’s guess when we’ll actually see it in the wild.

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