iOS 8 Code Points to Multiple Options for Split-Screen Multitasking

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    Article Link: iOS 8 Code Points to Multiple Options for Split-Screen Multitasking
  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    so, do we see this + Maps improvements with 8.1 or does it get push back to 9?
  3. cmChimera macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    It would be nice to see it in 8.1. It would make for a very substantive .1 update.
  4. lowercaseperson macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2006
    Pretty impressive. I would really like to see multi-tasking soon.
  5. koban4max macrumors 68000

    Aug 23, 2011
    this is not "wow" needs to do better.
  6. The Barron macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2009
    Maps - a priority!

    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. :apple:
  7. proline macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2012

    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.
  8. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
  9. Chupa Chupa macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    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.
  10. Cali Fornia macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2012
    Vienna, Austria
    Might be introduced alongside the new iPads as a unique feature.
    They might claim it needs double the RAM to run properly for instance.
  11. heehee macrumors 68020


    Jul 31, 2006
    Same country as Santa Claus
  12. Cuban Missles macrumors 68040

    Cuban Missles

    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!
  13. ElTorro macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2013
    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.
  14. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Florida, USA
    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.
  15. ionjohn macrumors 65816


    Jun 5, 2013
    let's push it back to iOS X
  16. sk1wbw macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2011
    Suffolk, Virginia
    Android wasn’t the first OS to have split window multitasking.
  17. Prabas macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2010
    I bet this will be available for next gen iPads only, announced in September.
  18. icyrock1 macrumors newbie


    May 15, 2014
    Might be added later in one of the iOS 8 betas. Just like new features were added later in iOS 7 betas.
  19. sk1wbw macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2011
    Suffolk, Virginia
    Do Android zealots actually believe that Android was the first OS to do anything? :rolleyes:
  20. macduke macrumors 603


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    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.
  21. peterdevries macrumors 68040


    Feb 22, 2008
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    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.
  22. CrazyForApple macrumors 6502a


    Dec 31, 2012
    Buffalo, NY
    I think we will have to wait until iOS 9. Sadly
  23. 69Mustang macrumors 68040


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    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?
  24. Slix macrumors 6502a


    Mar 24, 2010
    Maybe we'll get multi-person FaceTime as well then? Maybe? :rolleyes:

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