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Old Jun 9, 2014, 03:09 PM   #1
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iOS 8 Code Points to Multiple Options for Split-Screen Multitasking




Apple's split-screen multitasking feature for iOS 8 did not make it into the company's Worldwide Developers Conference or the first release of iOS 8, but it is still in the works. As noted by developer Steven Troughton-Smith, iOS 8's internal SpringBoard includes code that allows apps to run side-by-side in multiple sizes: 1/4, 1/2, or 3/4. Apps that are running side-by-side are displayed as a single app in the App Switcher.

First hinted at in May, split-screen multitasking will allow two apps to be displayed on a single screen on the iPad Air, Apple's largest tablet. The feature, which reportedly only works in landscape mode, will allow iPad owners to use two apps simultaneously and it may also allow users to share information like links, images, and text between two apps.

Previous concept for split-screen multitasking (not based on specific rumors)
The iPad's inability to display two apps at once is a lack that Microsoft has used to advertise its Surface tablet, which does have the ability to display multiple apps on the screen at one time.

It appears that split-screen multitasking may initially be limited to the iPad Air, with support for the iPhone and the Retina iPad mini possibly coming at a later date. Split-screen multitasking could also be slated for Apple's rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" that may or may not be in development.

Ahead of the Worldwide Developers Conference, Brian Chen of The New York Times confirmed that split-screen multitasking is still a work in progress. It may see a debut during one of the many updates Apple is likely to release as it refines iOS 8 ahead of a public release, or it may be a feature the company is saving for a later iOS 8.1 update.

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Old Jun 9, 2014, 03:11 PM   #2
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so, do we see this + Maps improvements with 8.1 or does it get push back to 9?
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Old Jun 9, 2014, 03:11 PM   #3
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Old Jun 9, 2014, 03:12 PM   #4
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so, do we see this + Maps improvements with 8.1 or does it get push back to 9?
It would be nice to see it in 8.1. It would make for a very substantive .1 update.
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Old Jun 9, 2014, 03:13 PM   #5
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Pretty impressive. I would really like to see multi-tasking soon.
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Old Jun 9, 2014, 03:16 PM   #6
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this is not "wow" feature...apple needs to do better.
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Old Jun 9, 2014, 03:16 PM   #7
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Maps - a priority!

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so, do we see this + Maps improvements with 8.1 or does it get push back to 9?
After the last ill fated disaster with Maps, this better darn well be a huge priority.

Forget future iOS versions. We users & shareholder need a star app that will put Google et al on their heels.
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Old Jun 9, 2014, 03:16 PM   #8
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Lol

With all you experience, you should be able to make timelines that make sense. If this was going to be released before ios 9 developers would have been informed by now.
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Old Jun 9, 2014, 03:17 PM   #9
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Won't happen in iOS 8. Just won't
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Old Jun 9, 2014, 03:18 PM   #10
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I wouldn't be too shocked if Apple withheld this from the iOS 8 preview b/c it's going to be an iPad Air 2/iMac mini Retina 2 exclusive... not because the earlier models aren't buff enough but just because it makes a great selling point when you have not much else different for the new models other than Touch ID and under the hood stuff most people don't understand.
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It would be nice to see it in 8.1. It would make for a very substantive .1 update.
Might be introduced alongside the new iPads as a unique feature.
They might claim it needs double the RAM to run properly for instance.
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Old Jun 9, 2014, 03:22 PM   #12
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so, do we see this + Maps improvements with 8.1 or does it get push back to 9?
I hope this is a surprise for 8.0, but at the latest 8.1. Having this really begins the final encrouchment into the laptop world. Very exciting!
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Welcome to Android, 2 years ago.
Jobs was pretty pissed about the things Android took from Apple. But if we keep counting, I think Apple, by now, took more ideas from Android.
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Welcome to Android, 2 years ago.
Actually, try welcome to TouchWiz on select Samsung devices, most within the past year. Also, not a great implementation as the number of compatible apps was severely limited. But yes, your 'late to the game' implementation is understood.
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Old Jun 9, 2014, 03:31 PM   #16
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so, do we see this + Maps improvements with 8.1 or does it get push back to 9?
let's push it back to iOS X
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Welcome to Android, 2 years ago.
Android wasn’t the first OS to have split window multitasking.
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Old Jun 9, 2014, 03:34 PM   #18
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I bet this will be available for next gen iPads only, announced in September.
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Old Jun 9, 2014, 03:34 PM   #19
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so, do we see this + Maps improvements with 8.1 or does it get push back to 9?
Might be added later in one of the iOS 8 betas. Just like new features were added later in iOS 7 betas.
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Do Android zealots actually believe that Android was the first OS to do anything?
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Old Jun 9, 2014, 03:38 PM   #21
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I don't see why it wouldn't work on the retina iPad Mini. They have the same resolution, and the only difference is the PPI but splitting the screen won't make UI elements any smaller. Developers would presumably use auto layout to determine breakpoints for where their interface would go.
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Is it really necessary to post an amateur mockup / design study / art project on each news story? We all know the final product or solution won't exactly resemble any of these distracting designs.
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I think we will have to wait until iOS 9. Sadly
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Android wasn’t the first OS to have split window multitasking.
I'm just picking a nit so take this with a grain of salt. The commenter never implied Android was the first, just that Android has had it for a while. Big difference.

But seriously, who cares who had it first?
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Maybe we'll get multi-person FaceTime as well then? Maybe?
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