Improvements to the multitasking interface on the iPad have been highly requested for years, but since the launch of the iPad, Apple's flagship tablet device has offered nothing short of mediocre multitasking. On the other hand, a new report via 9to5Mac
suggests that Apple's upcoming iOS 8 could finally change this and Apple will want to begin offering split-screen multitasking, which would allow the user to run two applications side-by-side.
The reports are just now coming in shortly after the release of a popular new jailbreak tweak for the iPad called OS Experience
by iOS developer Evan Swick. The tweak allows you to run applications on the iPad in separate windows, and minimize, maximize, or switch to iPhone mode in applications, or run the applications side-by-side for a better multitasking experience.
If Apple were to bring this feature to the iOS 8 operating system out of the box, we can expect that the experience would be fluid and user-friendly and would give off that Apple "vibe" of simplicity. The idea that we would be able to run applications side-by-side would make it easy to do research and write reports at the same time with Apple's iWork applications
, or the newly-released Office for iPad application(s), which were recently recognized for having almost 30-million downloads
Other tablet makers, such as Microsoft, have been bashing Apple for the lack of multitasking on their tablet in their ads
for ages in an attempt to increase the sales of their own tablets, like the Surface. If Apple were to introduce some kind of true desktop-like multitasking to the iPad, it could turn lots of heads from all those looking for a productive tablet experience, and would give other manufacturers less to brag about.
It's likely that such a feature would not make it to the iPhone and iPod touch because of the lack of extraneous canvas space, but this is certainly something that users could benefit from on the iPad.