Video Showing How Apple's Unfinished Split Screen iPad Multitasking Works

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    A new video from developer Steven Troughton-Smith has emerged on YouTube, showing off the activation of hidden code for split screen multitasking in the iOS 8 beta. The feature is shown off in the iOS simulator on Mac, hence the mouse cursor, awkward two-finger gestures and its rough overall look.

    The feature was first rumored in March for introduction in iOS 8, but was pulled because it was not ready in time for WWDC. However, it was discovered just a couple of days ago that iOS 8's internal SpringBoard includes code that allows apps to run side-by-side.

    In the video, the three sizes are shown (1/3, 1/2 and 3/4) when using two fingers to scroll to the side. However, it's not evident how to open a second app next to the already opened app, likely because the feature is still being developed.

    Split-screen multitasking may initially be limited to the iPad Air, with support for smaller devices, like the iPad Mini and rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6, at a later date. The feature could also make it to Apple's rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" that may or may not be in development.

    Article Link: Video Showing How Apple's Unfinished Split Screen iPad Multitasking Works
     
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    take that Microsoft
     
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    Where's the multitasking?
     
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    I would hope it would be Airs and Minis that get this feature
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    So the bigger sizes are iPad-styled and the smaller ones are iPhone-styled. Cool!
     
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    Very cool! iPad mini plz
     
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    Shouldn't the headline read "Video Showing How Apple's Split Screen iPad Multitasking Might Work"?
     
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    This is apples code, so it's how it works right now (internally at least)

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  9. 2IS
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    Clearly, MS and Google caught wind that Apple was working on this and rushed to get their multi-tasking features out the door first. :p
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    Well, it had to start somewhere, right?
     
  11. macrumors 6502a

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    I don't agree. The headline says "multitasking" and i don't see that "working" at all right now. So i'd say this isn't how it "works." It's how it might work.
     
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    Uhh... they had the whole "multiple apps" on one screen before Apple, so I don't understand what you're getting at.
     
  13. macrumors 6502

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    Multitasking will not be released with iOS 8, it's not nearly close to completion.
     
  14. macrumors regular

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    So 1/4 and 1/2 are basically iPhone layout and 3/4 and of course 4/4 are the iPad layout. I like the idea!
     
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    I am prepared to get slammed for this, as i don't have a screenshot or anything, BUT

    on my iPad mini the other day, i was in the queue checkin in at Narita Airport, when i got an email from American Airlines.
    Opened the email, then clicked on the AA link. Mini was in landscape mode.
    I then got called forward and pressed the power button to lock it.
    Checked in, went to lounge, showered etc, then opened up the iPad again to download the paper.
    When i opened up, on the left hand side, i had the AA website, that i could scroll up and down on, over the Mail app, which i could still see the later side (right hand side) of my mails. Went to grab the phone and take a picture, but by the time i was there the mini had crashed.

    As i say, prepared to get slammed but it sounds like thats what its likely to be...

    Dave
     
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    Between your iPad iPhone iMac and MacBook
     
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    It really doesn't matter how "works" is used in this context, but fine: Would Video Showing How Apple's Split-Screen iPad Multitasking Functions please you?
     
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    I like the way how Apple implemented that. Surely more user friendly than other competitor. :D
     
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    Agreed. Until he shows the code and how it is clearly about multiple apps, or a working simulation of the full feature, who knows what this is
     
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    Mark Gurman posted this on 9to5Mac so according to his logic Apple will for sure be redesigning this. :D
     
  21. Bhatu, Jun 11, 2014
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    I think it would be left for the developer to decide if they want their app to be multi window compatiable. I remember a new option for choosing different resolutions in new xcode. The developers can choose the appropriate layout for several resolutions like full 3/4 1/2 1/4 etc.

    I see a great possibility of running iPhone optimised apps at 1/4th resolution on ipad. Very cool!! :D
     
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    I could see something popping up in the pane with nothing in it, prompting you to choose an app or perhaps even showing the home screen.
     
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    That is awesome !! i think this will happen with iOS 8.1
     
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    Why do we even need that?
    What's all this multitasking craze?
    If there's one thing that iPad does well is to let you focus and enjoy what you're doing, without any clutter around and behind it.
    That's the beauty of it.
    Why on earth would you want to create a stressful experience on a device meant to be enjoyed?
    It's really sad.
     
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    I'm already quite fond of the way the iPad handles task-switching or multi-tasking.

    I like using the four-finger swipe to switch between full screen apps. It's fast and simple.

    But the idea of having two apps side-by-side in super-skinny narrow columns doesn't appeal to me at all.

    YMMV
     

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