Report: Apple to Finally Add Split-Screen Multitasking to iPad with iOS 8
May 14, 2014 8:42 AM
Apple to reportedly finally get with the program when it comes to heavy multitasking
iPad was first announced
, many in the tech industry mocked it. Some jokingly referring to it as a "Maxipad," others decried that it was simply a supersized iPod touch, and many saw the iPad as simply a "consumption" device. Over the past four years, the iPad has gone on to be a huge success for Apple, but there have still been lingering questions about the usefulness of the device for people that actually want to do “real work.”
Both Microsoft and Samsung have attacked the iPads lack of split-screen multitasking (i.e. using two apps side by side) in their TV advertising:
Microsoft touts its multitasking capabilities on its Surface tablets
Samsung also kicked dirt in the iPad Air’s face with its recent Galaxy Pro Series commercials
is reporting that Apple may finally be adding split-screen multitasking to its iPad family in iOS 8. As with competing tablets, this new functionality would allow iPads users to use two apps at once, side by side.
mockup of how split-screen multitasking would look on the iPad
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. This functionality may mean that Apple is finally ready to enable “XPC” support in iOS (or improved inter-app communication), which means that developers could design App Store apps that could share content.
9.7” iPad Air
has plenty of screen real estate to make split-screen multitasking viable. Split-screen multitasking on
iPad mini with Retina Display
with its smaller 7.9” screen might be a tad bit harder to pull off in the real world, but it’s not impossible.
We’ll hear more about iOS 8 at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC 14) when it kicks off on June 2.
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