Apple CEO Steve Jobs says the company's iPhone and iPad will soon be able to run more than one program at a time. It's a feature that owners of the popular iPhone have long sought and that phones from Apple's rivals already offer.
The news of such "multitasking" was greeted with applause at an event in Cupertino, Calif.
The updates to the operating system running both iPhones and iPads will be available this summer. Apple generally makes such updates available for free as a software download.
Jobs also said the company has sold 450,000 iPads since its launch Saturday. The company earlier said it delivered more than 300,000 iPads on Day One, though that included pre-orders and units shipped to retail stores such as Best Buy but not necessarily purchased.