Apple Announces Multitasking Experiences for iPad with iOS 9

Today at WWDC, Apple confirmed that multitasking would be coming to the iPad with iOS 9. The new feature will allow users to view, and sometimes interact with, two apps simultaneously in multiple ways. First is "Split View," coming to iPad Air 2, which brings the most powerful task managing multitasking experience to the tablet. With it a user can open two apps at the same time, and completely interact with them in the normal way with no limitations.

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Conversely, older generation models and iPad mini will have "Slide Over," allowing them to slide in a smaller version of a second app from the side of the screen. Apple gives examples like quickly responding to a tweet or text message while browsing Safari as a prime example. Although, unlike Split View, Slide Over isn't true multitasking as the app relegated to the background can't be interacted with while the second app runs on the side of the screen.

iOS 9 will also bring picture-in-picture to allow users to watch video while browsing around within other apps. By simply pressing the home button when watching a video or even using FaceTime, users can browse their iPad as normal while a smaller boxed video keeps running in the corner of the screen.

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25 months ago
So desktop class performance iPad air is not capable for multitasking? Where are those fans who shout that 1GB RAM for iOS was enough... ^^
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25 months ago

Why did it take Apple 8 years to do this?


I don't know, could be because iPad didn't exist until just 5 years ago?
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25 months ago
Yet another reason to be annoyed that Apple has been skimping on the ram in mobile devices for so long.
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25 months ago

So desktop class performance iPad air is not capable for multitasking? Where are those fans who shout that 1GB RAM for iOS was enough... ^^


Staying quiet most likely.
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25 months ago
Obviously it only supports iPad Air 2 from a RAM perspective, but I still feel pretty shafted owning an Air.
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25 months ago
Why did it take Apple 8 years to do this?
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25 months ago

So the iPad Air 1 is the new iPad 3?


No, it's the new iPad 1.
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25 months ago
Needs at least 2GB of RAM is what i got from this. I own the iPad Air 2 so I'm not complaining.
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25 months ago
Feels like Apple is ticking off my personal wish list today. :)
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25 months ago

1GB of ram not enough for iOS and 2 apps?

Does iOS require more ram than windows (desktop)? Because Win 8/8.1 runs with 1 GB of ram pretty smoothly and with more than 2 apps at the same time....

Mobile architecture vs. desktop architecture. Apples vs. oranges at best. Almost silly to try to draw equivalences like that and try to imply something using that.
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