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Video Showing How Apple's Unfinished Split Screen iPad Multitasking Works

A new video from developer Steven Troughton-Smith has emerged on YouTube, showing off the activation of hidden code for split screen multitasking in the iOS 8 beta. The feature is shown off in the iOS simulator on Mac, hence the mouse cursor, awkward two-finger gestures and its rough overall look.


The feature was first rumored in March for introduction in iOS 8, but was pulled because it was not ready in time for WWDC. However, it was discovered just a couple of days ago that iOS 8's internal SpringBoard includes code that allows apps to run side-by-side.

In the video, the three sizes are shown (1/3, 1/2 and 3/4) when using two fingers to scroll to the side. However, it's not evident how to open a second app next to the already opened app, likely because the feature is still being developed.

Split-screen multitasking may initially be limited to the iPad Air, with support for smaller devices, like the iPad Mini and rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6, at a later date. The feature could also make it to Apple's rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" that may or may not be in development.

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24 weeks ago

Shouldn't the headline read "Video Showing How Apple's Split Screen iPad Multitasking Might Work"?


This is apples code, so it's how it works right now (internally at least)

arn
Rating: 29 Votes
24 weeks ago

take that Microsoft


Uhh... they had the whole "multiple apps" on one screen before Apple, so I don't understand what you're getting at.
Rating: 21 Votes
24 weeks ago

Why do we even need that?
What's all this multitasking craze?
If there's one thing that iPad does well is to let you focus and enjoy what you're doing, without any clutter around and behind it.
That's the beauty of it.
Why on earth would you want to create a stressful experience on a device meant to be enjoyed?
It's really sad.


What's really sad is your selfishness. Look outside... worlds not revolving around you.

Crazy monotasking fanatics!
Rating: 16 Votes
24 weeks ago
Clearly, MS and Google caught wind that Apple was working on this and rushed to get their multi-tasking features out the door first. :p
Rating: 15 Votes
24 weeks ago
Why do we even need that?
What's all this multitasking craze?
If there's one thing that iPad does well is to let you focus and enjoy what you're doing, without any clutter around and behind it.
That's the beauty of it.
Why on earth would you want to create a stressful experience on a device meant to be enjoyed?
It's really sad.
Rating: 13 Votes
24 weeks ago
Shouldn't the headline read "Video Showing How Apple's Split Screen iPad Multitasking Might Work"?
Rating: 12 Votes
24 weeks ago

Why do we even need that?
What's all this multitasking craze?
If there's one thing that iPad does well is to let you focus and enjoy what you're doing, without any clutter around and behind it.
That's the beauty of it.
Why on earth would you want to create a stressful experience on a device meant to be enjoyed?
It's really sad.


I know I'm going to get blasted for this, but my girlfriend switched from iPad to Surface simply because of the multitasking feature. She needs two apps running at once to be able to do her job. The Surface provides that solution for her.
Rating: 10 Votes
24 weeks ago
Nothing makes for a great multitasking video quite like showing only one app running.
Rating: 10 Votes
24 weeks ago
I'm already quite fond of the way the iPad handles task-switching or multi-tasking.

I like using the four-finger swipe to switch between full screen apps. It's fast and simple.

But the idea of having two apps side-by-side in super-skinny narrow columns doesn't appeal to me at all.

YMMV
Rating: 9 Votes
24 weeks ago

Why do we even need that?
What's all this multitasking craze?
If there's one thing that iPad does well is to let you focus and enjoy what you're doing, without any clutter around and behind it.
That's the beauty of it.
Why on earth would you want to create a stressful experience on a device meant to be enjoyed?
It's really sad.


Choice. Believe it or not, some people like having it.
Multitasking is not mandatory. Again, it's a choice.
What is this stressful experience you speak of?
If multitasking on a tablet is stressful then I don't think the word 'stressful' means what you think it does.
Did I mention it's an optional choice?

Sad is thinking because you can see the usefulness of something it shouldn't be.

/getting off your lawn;)
Rating: 9 Votes

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