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Rumor: Split-screen multitasking on iPad not on tap for WWDC

A new feature that would allow iPad users to display and interact with two applications simultaneously is said to still be headed for iOS 8, but Apple may not be ready to reveal it at next week's Worldwide Developers Conference, according to a new report.

"I've been told that the split-screen feature for iOS 8 isn't ready yet and won't be shown at WWDC," Brian X. Chen of The New York Times said in a tweet. Chen went on to call the feature "a work in progress."

Word that Apple was contemplating the split-screen capability, which is though to be similar to a feature which has garnered applause on Microsoft's Surface tablets, first appeared earlier this month. At the time, it was said that it would likely debut on the 9.7-inch iPad Air while potentially skipping the smaller iPad mini.

Apple has steadily added multitasking features to its mobile operating system over the years, but has largely restricted support to background processes. The one app, one screen paradigm has not changed since the iPhone's debut in 2007.

With or without the split-screen functions, Apple is expected to officially unveil the next-generation mobile operating system during a keynote address on Monday at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern. AppleInsider will bring live updates from the keynote and will continue to report on developments at the conference throughout the week.