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  • Could Split-Screen Multitasking Finally Come to the iPad in iOS 9?

    Last year, code was found in iOS 8 that suggested the iPad would gain side-by-side multitasking for applications running on the device. As of late, it's one of the most highly-demanded features for the iPad that users continue to beg for; it is also a feature that competing tablets are already taking advantage of.

    A concept video was created last year by graphic designer Sam Beckett mocking up what side-by-side application multitasking might look like on the iPad:

    Despite never seeing fruition in iOS 8 as expected, a recent report by 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman suggests that the feature will finally be unveiled by Apple at WWDC 2015 with the release of iOS 9.

    Moreover, the addition of side-by-side multitasking will be accompanied later in the year, or in 2016, with the ability to set up multiple user accounts on the device, which will make the iPad a much more family-friendly tool.

    These features would bring the iPad much up to speed with competing Android and Windows 8.1 tablets. Moreover, the features would pair nicely with the rumored 12-inch iPad Pro that will supposedly launch some time this year (WWDC 2015?).

    As indicated by iOS developer Steven Troughton-Smith in 2014, the code in iOS 8 that would allow for side-by-side multitasking on the iPad allows applications to work aside one another in various sizes. For example, in 1/4 mode, 1/2 mode, or 3/4 mode, where one application would use more screen real estate than the other.

    The report appears to confirm that the re-sizable interfaces will come with the iOS 9 launch, although instead of 1/4 mode, 1/2 mode, and 3/4 mode, as indicated by Troughton-Smith, the report cites 1/3 mode, 1/2 mode, and 2/3 mode as being more likely choices.

    Nonetheless, this is an addition to the iPad that is necessary to keep the tablet afloat in today's market. If Apple can make this happen, they'll have a truly amazing tablet platform.

    Sources: 9to5Mac
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. Padgoi's Avatar
      Padgoi -
      Multify and ReachApp do the job quite nicely for those who are jailbroken.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      I think we'll see it once Apple upgrades to 2GB of RAM. Probably what has postponed it to begin with..we shall see.