Third-party multitasking coming to iPhone this summer?

We've been teased with this rumour numerous times before, but it seems this summer we really could see the long-awaited multitasking functionality bro

We've been teased with this rumour numerous times before, but it seems this summer we really could see the long-awaited multitasking functionality brought to he iPhone.

Developers using the latest beta of the iPhone SDK have reportedly found evidence that multitasking is on the way with new additions in the code not their previously, including a reference to a "multitasking dialog box".

Alongside these discoveries, AppleInsider is reporting whispers from sources with "proven track records" that Apple has finally developed a "full-on solution" for third party multitasking that will make its way into iPhone OS 4.0.

If true, this would allow iPhone users to keep multiple apps open at the same time, have them running in the background and switch between them with ease. For example, users could listen to tunes on Spotify while browsing the web or writing a text message – something Android users have been able to do for some time, and a weakness that companies have exploited when comparing their products to Apple's handset.

Of course there's also a chance that if this is coming to the iPhone, the update will bring multitasking the iPad too – one of the tablet's biggest criticisms as well.

Let's not forget that the iPhone is fully capable of multitasking – it manages it with its own apps, such as iTunes – but it's held back on bringing the functionality to third party apps as yet, perhaps due to battery conservation issues and security concerns.

We'll have to wait and see if third party multitasking does crop up when the OS reportedly drops in the summer – but what else do you want from the OS? Let us know below.

Via: AppleInsider and TUAW