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Apple: iPhone Multitasking Coming Soon

Announcing a feature many have waited for, Apple said the iPhone will now multitask.

Apple today made an announcement many iPhone users had hoped for: In version 4 of its operating system, the iPhone will finally be able to multitask. 

In short, that means you'll be able to listen to Pandora while you surf the web or check your e-mail. Apple has said the feature was not included earlier, because the company had not found a way to allow multitasking while keeping performance intact. 

The new multitasking software will also allow apps to passively collect location data and allow voice-over-IP apps like Skype to accept calls in the background. The rub? Multitasking will only work for the iPhone 3GS and third generation iPod Touch. It is coming to the iPhone and iPod in the summer; iPad users will have to wait until the fall.  

The announcement at the Apple campus in Cuppertino, Calif. also included other highlights. Among them: 

*The iPhone can now have a unified inbox.

*You will now be able to arrange your apps in folders.

*The ebook store — iBooks — announced for the iPad will now be available on your iPhone.

*A new gaming social network will matchmake and feature a leaderboard

*iAd is a new advertising model based on apps, instead of search. One of the ads Steve Jobs showed on stage was almost an app within an app. One from Target lets you build your own dorm room. 

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