Whether or not you consider this three years in the making or not, this rumor has several thousand people out there breathing a large sigh of relief. One of the most highly regarded (missing) features on the iPhone, it seems that times are certainly changing, as Apple have gone ahead and included the feature into the new build of their Operating System. Oh, did we forget to mention? This is just a rumor.
Apple's been thinking about multitasking from the get-go. They've mentioned it a couple times, at a few key points over the years since the launch of the iPhone, and there's never been any question that the Cupertino-based company has been working on some kind of multitasking technology. There's all sorts of reasons why Apple didn't want multitasking on their device, primarily the concern for battery life, security, and resource allocation. But, there's also the fact that the iPhone lacks the kind of User Interface generally seen for multitasking devices. The multiple homescreens are great for the iPhone, but unless Apple has created some new UI elements, it might be kind of hard for them to launch such a feature.
Luckily, they've got some pretty bright minds bunkered at headquarters. According to the words whispered into the ears of AppleInsider, it seems that Apple has found a "full-on solution" to the multitasking conundrum. Whatever that means, we don't know, but we can guess that it's going to be unlike anything we'd expect. The details of the feature, along with the entirety of the iPhone OS 4.0 are under lock and key right now, because apparently the OS isn't ready for prime time. In fact, it seems that it's still a ways off. As soon as we hear more, we'll pass it on.