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Files within OS X El Capitan indicate the upcoming iPad mini 4 will support full Split View multitasking, suggesting its internal specs will be on par with the iPad Air 2. An OS X El Capitan resource file first located by developer Hamza Sood and 9to5Mac from the Safari 9 browser depicts an iPad mini with two apps side-by-side, which is how the Split View feature works.

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Responsive design mode, which gives developers a way to test different layouts in Safari 9, also allows developers to simulate a Split View layout on an iPad mini 3. The iPad mini 3 does not support Split View, offering further proof that the iPad mini 4 is likely to be the tablet that uses Split View multitasking.

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iOS 9 introduces multitasking for the iPad, and while two of the features, Picture-in-Picture and Slide Over, are available on the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3, the true Split View multitasking feature is only available on the iPad Air 2 because it has 2GB of RAM and a robust A8X processor.

To support Split View, the upcoming iPad mini 4 will need to have internal specs that match or exceed those of the iPad Air 2. It's likely the device will include Apple's A8X processor or the A9 processor that's being used in its 2015 iOS devices, with 2GB of RAM also being a strong possibility.

Multitasking on the iPad in iOS 9​

Specs for the iPad mini 4 have not yet been confirmed, as rumors have focused primarily on the external design of the device. It's expected to look like a smaller version of the iPad Air 2, with a much slimmer 6.1mm body and iPad Air 2-style design features.

Article Link: iPad Mini 4 Likely to Support Split View Multitasking
 

japanime

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The iPad mini 3 does not support Split View, offering further proof that the iPad mini 4 is likely to be the tablet that uses Split View multitasking.

Or maybe Apple has figured out a way to make Split View compatible with older hardware. I wouldn't rule out Split View on the iPad Mini 3 just yet.
 

nepalisherpa

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I don't see why this rumored Mini 4 wouldn't get split-view feature. I think this was inevitable.
 

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1 GB RAM the last years was an absolute d*ck move. Apple knew long before iOS 9 that they would implent split view, but they decided to keep on to 1 GB RAM wasn't enough since iOS 7. It's like the bending iphones, they are not bending according to Apple, but they are going to make the iPhone 6S bend-proof... and like 8GB and 16GB phones already were too small since 2010. And the iPad Mini 3, asking a 100 bucks for Touch ID only.And even after this some sheeps are defending Apple's choices like it's a God. Apple isn't God. Apple isn't perfect. Yet, My next phone will be an iPhone.
 

zahuh

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I can't wait to buy the iPad mini 4! Does anyone know why the rumors are saying it's going to be announced on Sep 9 with the iPhone and AppleTV (possibly)? Seems like so much for one keynote. Usually it's iPhone Sep, iPad Oct/Nov.
 

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To support Split View, the upcoming iPad mini 4 will need to have internal specs that match or exceed those of the iPad Air 2. It's likely the device will include Apple's A8X processor or the A9 processor that's being used in its 2015 iOS devices, with 2GB of RAM also being a strong possibility.
I'm not sure if that has to be the case. Unless I'm missing something, the presence of Split View on only the iPad Air 2 just means that the iPad Air's specs as a whole do not meet the requirements for Split View. For example, if 2 GB of RAM is a requirement, then the iPad Air wouldn't support Split View no matter how powerful its CPU (and it might be the case that a hypothetical A7 iPad with 2 GB RAM supports Split View). So I don't think the iPad mini 4's specs necessarily have to be ≥ the iPad Air 2's specs.

EDIT: Streamlined my explanation.

I can't wait to buy the iPad mini 4! Does anyone know why the rumors are saying it's going to be announced on Sep 9 with the iPhone and AppleTV (possibly)? Seems like so much for one keynote. Usually it's iPhone Sep, iPad Oct/Nov.
Here's my guess: if the iPad mini 4 supports Split View, then a September 9th announcement for the iPad mini 4 would allow Apple to say that both the iPad Air and the (new) iPad mini support Split View in time for iOS 9's release.
 
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Now the only difference between getting an iPad Air and Mini will be the screen size. For the price, I think the Mini will be a better option than the Air, but will have to wait until the Apple Event next month to be sure of this.
 

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I'm glad to see the get so much attention. I just hope the Air 3 isn't skimmed over this year. :(
 

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Or maybe Apple has figured out a way to make Split View compatible with older hardware. I wouldn't rule out Split View on the iPad Mini 3 just yet.

As I understand it (correct me if I'm wrong), the iPad Mini 3 is the same as the iPad Mini 2 (excluding touch ID)... Same processor, ram, etc...

The iPad Mini 2 just got axed by some retailers. I was considering buying one, but now because of this Split View, I might pass.

Apple does have a 'rich' history of killing the old products. Remember, it was proven that Siri would would on older devices, but Apple wouldn't allow it. iPT Gen4 was proven to be able to run Siri.

At this point, the truth is that the Mini (both 2 and 3) are old tech, the last mini 'upgrade' was the weakest EVER.

On the upside, I'm excited to see the Mini hasn't been dropped. It's a great size factor for business use and Split View could make it really awesome.
 

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This would have excited me 2 years ago. My iPad2 sits on a shelf unused. My N7 rarely leaves my bag. I even found my iPad original in a box in the garage (STILL WORKS, albeit a little slowly). Sadly, tablets don't do it for me anymore. I do want a Skylake mac mini though... unless it's crippled like the last "update". I'm offering you my money Apple, don't eff it up.
 
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GhostRaider

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If you jailbreak an iPad Mini 2 / 3 when iOS 9 comes out, hackers will most likely find out how to enable split screen view on it. An iPad Mini with A7 can handle 2 apps at the same time as long as the app isn't resource hungry. Facebook on one side and Notes on the other side should be able to handle it.

Though it does seem that Apple originally was gonna support split view on the iPad Mini 2/3 but of course they have to think of "quality". Wish they threw in switches to enable features even if they don't run smoothly.
 
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