iPad: Want to multitask on your iPad? Now you can!

iPad: Want to multitask on your iPad? Now you can!

Summary: Makayama has released Multitasking for iPad, an app that brings Safari, Twitter and Facebook all under one roof--simultaneously.

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One of the most requested features for both the iPhone and iPad is the ability to multitask. The new version of the iPhone OS (version 4.0) will support it to a certain extent, but there's no word on when that functionality will come to the iPad. If you don't want to wait for either the OS to support it or for a hack for the iPad, you can enjoy multitasking the legal way with Makayama's new Multitasking for iPad. I have to admit that at first I was skeptical, so I asked Makayama to send me a redeem code to give it a shot. Thankfully, I was surprised to see that it actually lived up to its claims. Instead of faking multitasking, which is what I was expecting, the interface actually lets you interact with Safari, Twitter, and Facebook all simultaneously. In addition, you can switch Safari between full screen and half mode, receive updates from Twitter and Facebook, and even get notified of updates from Twitter or Facebook while you're in full screen mode, courtesy of sounds embedded in the app. The Safari-powered web browser also supports tabbed browsing, and Twitter and Facebook will not disappoint either.
This is the setup screen. Twitter is on the bottom left; Facebook is on the bottom right
This is the in-use screen. The browser is on the top and I'm logged into my Twitter and Facebook accounts on the bottom. They're full featured, with each click of a tab changing the display in the appropriate box. I'll be playing with it more this weekend, but this just might be the best way for me to waste hours at a time on my iPad. I'm hoping that more apps are integrated into this one as time goes on, since I would love to e-mail while surfing and playing on Facebook and Twitter, too. Multitasking for iPad is currently selling for $2.99. If you're not convinced based on my glowing recommendation above, you can watch the app in action below.

Topics: iPad, Apple, Hardware, Mobility, Operating Systems, Smartphones, Software, Social Enterprise

Joel Evans

About Joel Evans

With more than 15 years of mobile, Internet and wireless experience, Joel specializes in taking existing brands and technologies into the mobile and wireless space. Joel is currently the VP of Strategy Integration for Mobiquity, an enterprise-class mobile solutions provider.

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  • "No word" when on iPad? Are you blind and deaf? It is **fall of this year**

    I mean your talk about multitasking.

    Why create a false drama in the opening of article?

    That is cheap way to go, because it was known from the very day of iPhoneOS announce when multitasking will come to iPad.
    DDERSSS
  • You can multitask but you cannot watch satirical cartoons!

    Or any other content that Apple finds
    "objectionable".
    honeymonster
    • browser

      start the browser and watch your cartoons. where is the problem?
      banned from zdnet again and again
  • uninformed

    "but there?s no word on when that functionality will come to
    the iPad."

    well the word is "fall" and it was in the keynote. but what do
    we expect from zdnet pundits? not much obviously.
    banned from zdnet again and again
  • multitasker

    how do you "e-mail while surfing and playing on Facebook
    and Twitter, too"? just asking.
    banned from zdnet again and again
  • What about real multitasking?

    I guess you could call this a step in the right direction. But calling this "multitasking" is a little bit of a stretch.

    I feel like I was told that for the time being, I could use only one knife at a time in my kitchen. But promised that soon I could use them all at once. And instead what they did was give me a swiss army knife.

    Yeah, it's got three blades, but try and slice a loaf of bread with one.
    Beachhouse
  • A test of multitasking!!

    The least one can ask is to define which app you want in multitasking. This is just a test, come back when you can use it.
    NisseK
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