iPad 10.5 - How exactly floating and split screen will be?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by sneak3, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. sneak3 macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2011
    Folks I'm still a bit confused how this is going to be.

    Can any app be left floating AND scalable to whatever size and shape I want?

    And what about splitting the screen, if the iPad is in landscape, can I use the top third of the screen to split or is it just for the sides?
  2. profets macrumors 68040

    Mar 18, 2009
    For the floating app (I believe they still call it slide over):

    -it needs to be an app that uses auto layout and is compatible with the different size classes (similar to slide over since iOS 9)
    -the app isn't resizable while in slide over / floating
    -it can sit on either side of the screen
    -it can also be thrown off the screen to hide, and pulled back on when needed

    Split view:

    -with iPad in landscape, you get the same split view options as pre-iOS 11. No top/bottom (horizontal) splitting.
    -what's new when initiating splitting is the 2nd app being brought in can go to the right or the left side
  3. sneak3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2011
    So let's take chrome or safari in floating mode. It would have one fixed size, is that it?
  4. profets macrumors 68040

    Mar 18, 2009
    Yup, like this (can sit on either side of the screen when floating):


    I feel like this is decent sign that we may get more 'windowing' in the future. Would be very useful for apps like calculators and other tools.
  5. macduke macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I also believe that the left split app can be resized to a narrow column now. And that's disappointing about the left/right column thing in portrait mode. Top/bottom would be a lot more useful. With the way the iPad is in iOS 11 with the wide dock at the bottom, I have to wonder if Apple will eventually move the volume buttons, sleep/wake button, headphone jack (unless that goes away in a couple years) and rear Apple logo so that the device is more landscape by design? I'd really like to know if they have data on how much time the iPad is used in landscape vs. portrait. I feel like when the iPad first came out I used it in portrait more often, but now I use it in landscape all the time. It's a lot better orientation for creative apps, watching videos and using the keyboard.

    Does anyone know if there is a way to easily swap which sides an app is split onto?
  6. profets macrumors 68040

    Mar 18, 2009
    That's right (about the split being able to go narrow to the left). Great question about portrait and landscape. Especially with the 12.9", I can't imagine using it much in portrait.

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