29 May iOS 8 Could Have A Split Screen Multi-Tasking Feature
Despite being one of the best tablets in the market, multitasking on the iPad has never been a strong point. However, the latest thing to emerge from the iOS 8 rumour mill is the potential for a split screen multi-tasking feature.
At the present, although you can have more than one app open at a time, you have to constantly switch between them. This can sometimes prove to be problematic. For example, if you’re trying to compare the effects of two different photo editing applications – there is no way to view both applications at the same time. You just have to constantly leave one app to get to the other.
But according to an article on 9 to 5 mac “iOS 8 is likely to supercharge the functionality of Apple’s iPad with a new split-screen multitasking feature.”
This functionality is supposedly designed for the 9.7 inch classic iPad display and it is unknown at the present whether or not we shall see this split screen feature on iPad Minis or iPhones.
The introduction of this multitasking feature will compete directly with the “snap” feature available on Microsoft tablets. “Snap” is a popular feature on the Surface that allows simultaneous usage of applications and it has been very popular for business and enterprise users. Like the introduction of Office for iPad, this is another feature that will improve the usability of iPads within a business environment.
The ability to simultaneously access different applications also opens the door for further interaction and content sharing between applications. 9 to 5 mac has suggested that “a user may be able to drag content, such as text, video, or images, from one app to another.” This type of functionality is something that many iPad users have been hoping for.
The potential for this split screen feature is one of the most anticipated developments regarding iOS 8 since the announcement of HealthBook. Information surrounding HealthBook surfaced in March this year, describing the application as a PassBook style interface designed to help users keep on top of their health and fitness. If you would like to know more about HealthBook you can click here to read our article about its announcement.
iOS 8 is expected to be announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference next week. Stay tuned for updates on iOS8!