iOS 8 Likely to Bring Split-Screen Multitasking to the iPad

Apple may advance the functionality of the iPad by adding a new split-screen multitasking feature to the tablet in iOS 8, reports 9to5Mac. The option would allow iPad owners to use two apps simultaneously on a single screen in landscape mode, a function frequently touted by Microsoft as an advantage for its Surface tablets over the iPad.


Previous concept for split-screen multitasking (not based on specific rumors)

Besides allowing the operation of multiple apps at the same time, the feature also may allow users to share data such as links and images between apps. The integration of this sharing functionality suggests Apple may open up support for XPC services in iOS, making it easier for developers to share content between apps.

In addition to allowing for two iPad apps to be used at the same time, the feature is designed to allow for apps to more easily interact, according to the sources. For example, a user may be able to drag content, such as text, video, or images, from one app to another. Apple is said to be developing capabilities for developers to be able to design their apps to interact with each other.

The multitasking feature, which is said to work in landscape mode only, is likely to land in the 9.7-inch iPad, with its extension to the smaller iPad mini unclear at this time. It may also be a critical feature for the rumored iPad Pro, which may ship sometime in 2015 with a 12-inch display.

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Top Rated Comments

Razeus Avatar
131 months ago
And hopefully multi user accounts.
Score: 72 Votes (Like | Disagree)
andrew0122 Avatar
131 months ago
I didn't know Apple was going to start copying Samsung Tablets...
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Michaelgtrusa Avatar
131 months ago
It was a long wait, but worth it.
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Reason077 Avatar
131 months ago
Ugh. Do we really need this? It's the kind of feature where the idea seems better than the reality. The vast majority of users would never bother with it.

The iPad needs multi-user support much more desperately.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
H2SO4 Avatar
131 months ago
Someone will soon talk about a lack of RAM...... :?
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Donoban Avatar
131 months ago
I didn't know Apple was going to start copying Samsung Tablets...

It's a windows 8 feature. Personally I can't see much advantage but sure, could be cool to run two apps really laggy on my iPad 3. Lolz.
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