iOS 8 Likely to Bring Split-Screen Multitasking to the iPad

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple may advance the functionality of the iPad by adding a new split-screen multitasking feature to the tablet in iOS 8, reports 9to5Mac. The option would allow iPad owners to use two apps simultaneously on a single screen in landscape mode, a function frequently touted by Microsoft as an advantage for its Surface tablets over the iPad.

    Previous concept for split-screen multitasking (not based on specific rumors)
    Besides allowing the operation of multiple apps at the same time, the feature also may allow users to share data such as links and images between apps. The integration of this sharing functionality suggests Apple may open up support for XPC services in iOS, making it easier for developers to share content between apps.
    The multitasking feature, which is said to work in landscape mode only, is likely to land in the 9.7-inch iPad, with its extension to the smaller iPad mini unclear at this time. It may also be a critical feature for the rumored iPad Pro, which may ship sometime in 2015 with a 12-inch display.

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  2. macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2012
    Can't wait for WWDC!!!!!!! Looks like it's going to be great news for everyone!
  3. macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  4. macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2013
  5. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
  6. macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2013
    I'm looking forward to more Desktop-esque features on the iPad, otherwise it's just going to sit in my desk drawer doing nothing.
  7. macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2007
    Springfieldvilletownvilleton, Missouri
    I didn't know Apple was going to start copying Samsung Tablets...
  8. Bare, May 13, 2014
    Last edited: May 13, 2014

    macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2008
    It's funny that so many of us have to wait so long to be able to do these kinds of things with our devices. Yeah, way to go, Windows tablets -- you can already do this. And the iPad should already do this. But it doesn't make me or millions of others want your tablet. Instead, we wait.
  9. macrumors 68020

    Nov 4, 2008
    Someone will soon talk about a lack of RAM...... :?
  10. macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2008
    Give it to me! I'll use it now.
  11. macrumors regular


    Aug 28, 2013
    This would be so perfect, and give Samsung a run for their money!
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2013
    It's a windows 8 feature. Personally I can't see much advantage but sure, could be cool to run two apps really laggy on my iPad 3. Lolz.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2012
  14. Reason077, May 13, 2014
    Last edited: May 13, 2014

    macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2007
    Ugh. Do we really need this? It's the kind of feature where the idea seems better than the reality. The vast majority of users would never bother with it.

    The iPad needs multi-user support much more desperately.
  15. macrumors regular

    May 28, 2013
    I was just going to pick up a 5.5inch Iphone 6 and use it as my hybrid phone/tablet.

    But if this function is exclusive to ipads, then I must pick one up, and just get the 4.7inch phone instead.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2012
    Finally! But what is my problem is with it is on the iPad mini there won't be enough space to do it as some apps are already bit too small to use on it as it goes off the 10 inch iPad apps - I tired using a 8 inch windows tablet and I just found the apps ither do letter boxing, crash or too small to even read the text!
  17. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I would love this. It is the only draw to the Samsung tablets that I see in the ads with the iPads. I went and used a Samsung tablet and while I liked it, I was unsure whether or not I would regret getting one because everything else i have is iOS. Syncing my motorola phone was never awesome for me and I regretted skipping an iPhone version for that.

    I hope this comes but I am not sure how the memory issue will hold up. With the constant refresh of pages in Safari, can Apple's current iPads handle split screen true multitasking?
  18. macrumors member


    Jun 2, 2011
    that aint happening since most of iDevices are for personal use.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2009
    Apropos of nothing, I love the Suarez diving content as the example. :)
  20. macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    it doesn't matter if they copied it or not, what matters is doing it right
  21. pgiguere1, May 13, 2014
    Last edited: May 13, 2014

    macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    That someone is me!

    Seriously though, this would require more RAM as two apps would have to be kept active. If Safari for iPad already struggles to keep a couple tabs opened without refreshing when you switch between them, I can't imagine what it would be like if you have, say, a game running next to it and using lots of RAM as well.

    At least the way it is currently, an app in background can easily free some memory by releasing all the visual stuff that can be reconstructed when the app comes in foreground again (that's what UIViews typically do when they receive a low memory warning). With this split-screen feature, the two active apps would have to "share" memory all the time even down to the visual elements.
  22. macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2011
    Washington, DC
    Well that was quick... I don't really view having two apps open on a screen at the same time a Samsung first. Apple has made a conscious decision to only have one app open at a time, it's not like 4 finger swipe is difficult really.

    I suspect this "enhancement" is aimed more at the 12" iPad Pro crowd but they're able to port it over to 9.7".
  23. macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    My Galaxy S5 has that feature. I've never used it. I played with it once and then disabled it.
  24. macrumors 68030


    Oct 6, 2008
    After using a Windows 8 tablet for a little while this was the one thing I missed. I really hope it is actually in development.
  25. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently

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