iPad Rumors: iOS 8 to Bring Split-Screen Multitasking

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The latest iPad rumor is an exciting one – the prospect of spilt-screen multitasking for the iPad in iOS 8. 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman reported on what he’s been hearing on this topic yesterday:

iOS 8 is likely to supercharge the functionality of Apple’s iPad with a new split-screen multitasking feature, according to sources with knowledge of the enhancement in development. These people say that the feature will allow iPad users to run and interact with two iPad applications at once. Up until now, each iPad application either developed by Apple or available on the App Store is only usable individually in a full-screen view.

This would obviously be very good news if it proves true. I especially like the sound of this level of additional inter-app functionality:

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. 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.

Microsoft heavily promotes this feature on their range of Surface tablets. It will be interesting to see whether Apple decides to match or, more likely, improve on it in iOS 8 for the iPad.

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2 thoughts on “iPad Rumors: iOS 8 to Bring Split-Screen Multitasking

  1. If this is part of iOS 8, which would be useful, my guess is that iOS 8 won’t be installable on older iPads (maybe nothing older than the Air?) as I expect this feature to take a decent amount of processor power in order to prevent the app interfaces from lagging. Most (not all) iOS apps don’t really multi-task now. They pause when they are not in the foreground.