Multitasking coming to the iPhone this summer, iPad in the fall

Apple: Multitasking coming to the iPhone this summer, iPad in the fall – Yahoo! News.

Good news for those who bought an iPad hoping it’ll do something in the future. Apple will have a kind of quasi multitasking in a future OS update due this fall. Not all apps will multitask. Those scheduled to work in the background will be music playing, telephony apps, and map apps. Of course by the time this update is available, the price will probably drop by at least $50 if not more. The HP Slate is due to be released this summer adding the the competition in this arena. An internal HP document indicates the HP Slate will run $549 in its base configuration, which has a 8.9-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive multitouch display, a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor with UMA graphics and an accelerator for 1080p video playback, 32GB of flash storage and 1GB of non-upgradeable RAM. There’s also a $599 version with 64GB of storage, and both models will have a five-hour battery, an SDHC slot, two camera, a USB port, a SIM card slot for the optional 3G modem, and a dock connector for power, audio, and HDMI out. Personally, I don’t think the HP Slate will be much competition for the iPad as it is basically a keyboardless netbook. The real competition will be a tablet that runs Android apps. There’s a handful of alternatives but the only one who has a chance of even touching Apple’s iPad will be some kind of offering from Google with someone like HTC.

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