Split-Screen Multitasking (and More) Coming to the iPad in iOS 9

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iPad Split View

Yes, split-screen multitasking will be coming to the iPad in iOS 9.

Here are some words about the iPad that many of us have been waiting a long time to hear:

Do more on the big iPad display – in two apps at once.

That’s how Apple’s iOS 9 page introduces new split-screen multitasking features for the iPad.  And in fact, iOS 9 will bring 3 new features that are all in this area. They are:

Split View

This one is the core element of new split-screen multitasking on the iPad. –  shown in the image at the top of this post. Apple describes it like so:

With Split View on iPad Air 2, you can go a step further and have two apps open and active at the same time. Work on a sketch with the reference photo beside it. Or write a paper while copying citations from a book in iBooks. When everything you need is right in front of you, it’s easier to focus.

Slide Over

iPad Slide Over

This one is interesting too. It lets you pull up what looks like an iPhone-sized second app on top of an app you’re using. Apple’s brief on it:

Now you can open a second app without leaving the one you’re in. So you can quickly browse the web, respond to a text message, or jot something down in a note, then slide that app away and get back to the one you were using before.

Picture in Picture

iPad Picture in Picture

This one is pretty much just what its name would imply – and ideal for not properly focusing on that latest work email. Apple’s sum-up of it:

While using FaceTime or watching a video, press the Home button and your video screen scales down to a corner of your display. Tap to open a second app, and your video continues to play — even while you use the other app. So keep watching your favorite TV show while you reply to the email that just came in.

The new iPad Air 2 will support all three of these features. The iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3 will support Slide Over and Picture in Picture.

A few quick thoughts on these new multitasking features for the iPad:

— They lend weight to the iPad Pro / Bigger iPad rumors.

— We can now look forward to a barrage of ‘Surface had it first’ posts from Windows tablet fans – all 57 of them.

— These all look great – but now we need to see how well, and how smoothly, they work.  I’m looking forward – a lot – to testing these out.




Patrick Jordan

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  1. “We can now look forward to a barrage of ‘Surface had it first’ posts from Windows tablet fans – all 57 of them”
    Or from the countless Samsung fans who have had this feature for years on both the Note Series phones and Tablets…. None of the Samsung split screen options are dumbed down for various Samsung devices like is the case between the iPad Air 2 and the other ipads (smh)….

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