‘Apple must’ be COPYING Microsoft with multitasking iPad

Apple apparently plans to put proper multitasking inside iOS 8 for iPad, which is great, logical and necessary. So many enterprise users have asked me why they can’t work between two apps side-by-side on their iPad and a move to offer this makes sense.

That’s all for the good, but already the meme seems to have changed to one in which Apple is seen as “Copying” this feature, and for that kind of slanted (but incredibly lucrative) Apple hate, you got to point to Business Insider who declares (in what may be the longest headline I’ve ever seen):

“Apple Is Going To Copy Microsoft And Let You Run Two Apps At Once On The iPad”

Business Insider is wrong of course. Working with multiple apps on a single display isn’t a Microsoft invention, it’s as old as Unix (which Redmond also failed to invent), which makes the whole statement demonstrably false.

There’s no other way to see it — the whole premise really is just more of the same old ignorant Onanistic ‘finger-pointing for traffic’ that jaundices news reporting at the moment. Can we get back to facts, please? Perhaps even to use of verifiable evidence.

PS: Have you heard of OS Experience?

PPS: Update to add: “Oh they get paid to do this, directly or indirectly”.

IMAGE: c/o Chris Owen

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

7 Responses

  1. Peter says:

    Dance, fanboi! Dance!

    **comment cut by admin**

    will change that fact.

    • Jonny Evans says:

      you know what’s great about owning my own site?
      I can take antagonistic trolling comments like your own and tell you to shove them where the sun don’t shine

      • Peter says:

        I suppose you’re right. On the other hand, it seems kind of ridiculous to have a comment section if all you’re going to do is cut off anyone who doesn’t agree with you.

        But at least you left in the “Dance, Fanboi! Dance!” which basically said what I wanted to say.

        • Jonny Evans says:

          I’ll cut out anything antagonistic, but I welcome intelligence. Which is why your second comment presently remains.
          Stay on the level and we can talk, but I’m sick of the bullshit.

  2. pjs_boston says:

    Cool photo!

    Your assessment of the crap-tastic state of online journalism is spot on as well…

  3. veggiedude says:

    It was actually Apple that popularised working on more than one app at a time. When Windows 95 came out, users of Windows were not in the habit of using multiple apps the way Mac users were. The software company I worked for at the time sold a product that capitalised on this and were perplexed by the problem. Getting Windows users into the habit that Mac users were already used to would have been to our benefit financially.

  4. AdamC says:

    Been wondering what happened to you now I know you are here I don’t have to give my clicks to your former site anymore.

    Keep up the good work and keep pushing the trolls back to the dark side of the rock.

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