When Windows 8 debuts as a tablet OS later this year, it will have one major advantage over the iPad for people who want to use a Windows 8 slate as a laptop replacement: you can run apps side-by-side, consulting a document in one pane while writing up an email, say, in another.
I’ve been saying since last year that this is a killer feature Apple should try to lift in iOS 6, but up until now, all we’ve seen are jailbreak hacks sloppily emulate the functionality. No longer. A hack has finally come along that does it right.
Quasar by Pedro Franceschi looks to be a lot slicker than what we’ve seen in the past though. It features the ability to view multiple apps at the same time, while resizing windows, switching their orientation and even re-arranging their location on the screen.
The hack is expensive at $9.99 and requires a jailbroken iPad to work, which means new iPads need not apply. Still, if iOS 6 introduces side-by-side apps and then doesn’t handle them this slickly, it’ll be a serious disappointment. Apple should snatch up this Pedro kid… fast..