All iPads Can iPad Air 1 play video in one tab while browsing the other like the iPad Air 2?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Kendo, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    I was watching a video last night on one tab and switched to another tab and it was still playing in the background. I was shocked. I don't remember being able to do this with any of the iPads that I've owned such as the iPad 3, iPad Air 1, or even my iPhones. If I swithced to another tab, the video always stopped playing.

    Is this new to iOS 8 or can you only do it on the iPad Air 2 since it has 2GB RAM?
  2. matraco macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2014
    I could not do that with my mini 2 in ios 7 if i remember well, now i can with ios 8.
  3. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    Yes you can, in fact I can do that on my iPad 3 running iOS 5.1.1. All you need to do is create a new tab, pull up control center and press play.

    I can play Youtube videos, audio and video content on my iPad 3 without the screen on. It requires bringing up control center or whatever it was called prior to iOS 7. I slide from left to right and the music controls appear. I press the play button and whatever is in the background starts to play.

    *Note, if you go back to the original tab and create a new tab then you'll have to start the process all over again.
  4. Kendo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    Oh. But what I meant was I was viewiing a website and played a video, moved to another tab and it still played.
  5. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    iOS 8 on the Air 2 does that automatically. I can do the same but I have to 1st create a new tab, the video will stop playing then I press play from control center and then I can just surf the web and whatever was in the 1st tab will keep playing. :)

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