Is anyone finding Split View or Slide Over really useful?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by rkuo, Sep 19, 2015.

  1. rkuo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2010
    I played around with Split View in the store and honestly, I can't really think of a reason to use this often. It's more useful with a bluetooth keyboard because at least the on screen keyboard doesn't obstruct the entire screen.

    Slide Over is kind of silly because you keep having to swipe over to the other app and mess with it and it just goes away immediately after you switch back. Sometimes you have to double swipe it in like you're in a game, which is even less seamless.

    Anyway I'd love to hear if people are actually finding the multitasking in iOS 9 useful. So far I'm underwhelmed, but perhaps there's cool stuff I could be doing?
  2. JD2015 macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2014
    I use an iPad Air 2 and love these features as enables me to be more productive. ALso feel split screen works better on iPad then my MacBook Air. Just wish they would bring it to iPhone 6s plus.
  3. Ledgem macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2008
    Hawaii, USA
    I can say that I will have a big use for it, but right now not all of the applications I'd want to use it for support it. I work in medicine and use my iPad to access our electronic medical records system, to hand-write notes, and to reference textbooks and other such resources. My plan is to have my note-writing application on one side and any of those other applications on the other (particularly the electronic medical record application). I don't know that I'll keep the screen locked in split view all or even most of the time, but I can definitely see a use for it.
  4. rkuo thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2010
    Ok but what apps are you using and finding this useful for?
  5. JD2015 macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2014
    Safari and notes/micro office
    Pdf annotation and notes/micro office
    Email and safari
    1Password and safari

    Probably more but they are ones used this week. It saves having to flip in and out all the time which is time consuming. Looking forward to other apps such as refme, I thoughts and Ulysses getting these extensions.
  6. No-Me macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2011
    Slide over is quite useful for iMessage, but split screen is not really nice on a mini. Quite surprised of how it works, I think it's too complex for most people to actually use it.
  7. Ludatyk macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2012
    Complex? It's rather simple... Only issue I have with SplitVew/Slide Over is the inability of hiding/removing apps in it.
  8. Luke Redpath macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2007
    Colchester, UK
    Slide over for 1Password makes getting passwords for apps much more convenient.
  9. DJTaurus macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2012
    Did you test it on the mini 4 ? Small fonts ?
  10. RockSpider macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2014
    You're holding it wrong.
    Seriously, when you slide over and hold it for a split second it locks into place, I've used it a few times for notes, maps and I'll find more uses.
  11. sjleworthy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2008
    Penarth, Wales, UK
    great for email and diary. or numbers and pages.
  12. erasr macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    Don't you think it's odd how difficult it is for anyone to find out how to use split view or other new features for that matter? My friend, who's not exactly clueless with technology, didn't have a clue how to start using split view.

    I had to dig deep on the Apple site to find out. Even if I'm missing something obvious, Mr Average will definitely struggle.

    Ps, on Mini it works well. Just don't know how often I'll use it.
  13. DSTOFEL macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2011
    I find using slide over to check e-mails very useful while browsing for example.....a quick slide to check e-mails is a quick fluid way to get a quick glance at mail. Not sure how much I'll use split view though...maybe over I experiment more!
  14. yegon macrumors 68020

    Oct 20, 2007
    Great for keeping an eye on footy scores, 1Password, reading a news app or Instapaper article while a webpage loads.

    Hoping the Infuse video player gets updated soon, that will be great.
  15. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    I just got to try split screen on an iPad mini 4 in a store today. It's surprisingly useable. I though the iPad mini would be too small for this sort of thing, but I had no problem viewing content (Safari and Notes in this case).
  16. spiderman0616 macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2010
    I just don't find it useful. I have the same mode available on OS X El Capitan, and I STILL don't find it useful. It locks two apps to the display in full screen mode, and that's just not what I want to do on a laptop. I really think Apple is doing people a disservice here by making them think that Split Screen mode on ANY model of iPad magically turns it into a laptop. It just doesn't work that way.
  17. jterp7 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2011
    pip for watching youtube or other videos while multitasking is a nice tool.

    The split view and slide over is good for productivity related stuff. Honestly even with the air 2 i feel occasional slow down, though i suspect it will be better optimized in a couple updates.
  18. Crimsom macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2014
    Useful but apple should let users customize the list of apps that show up in slideover. I have a whole bunch of apps showing up on the list that makes it difficult to find the app i that i intend to use.

    I dont need apps like "find iphone" , "find friends" or "tips" showing up on the list.
  19. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
    I use it to watch press conferences on one side while taking notes or tweeting on the other... something that required a laptop or two devices before.
  20. sracer macrumors 603


    Apr 9, 2010
    Land of Bongos and Beatniks
    Apple will get there. Samsung already provides that type of customization for their multiwindow capabilities.
  21. mrex macrumors 68020


    Jul 16, 2014
    productivity - used a splitview already on year 2012 on my Note10.1. Finally im able to do something with my Air2. My old Note has been a great device but the screen is outdated - not so sharp as screens today so im more than happy to get a splitview to ios.
  22. lmitch6 macrumors member


    May 18, 2015
    I'm finding it really useful so far, being able to use apps like 1Password, Twitter, or Messages split screen while working on or reading something is great.
  23. iapplelove macrumors 68040


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I only have an air first gen so slide over and pip are the only things I can do. And to be honest they are not very useful especially slide over. Wish I could do split screen but will have to wait till I buy the pro
  24. Krevnik macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2003
    I use Mail & Things in split view to triage mail and tasks in the morning.
    Slide over for mail makes triaging mail during the day very quick, checking my todo list a bit nicer when the today widget isn't enough, or adding something to AnyList for shopping.
    Web & Twitter/messages/etc in the evening for when I want to relax (wish Facebook and Google would update their chat tools).
    USAA's app supports it and it is nice when it comes to bill paying time or I need to check my balances (Level would be handy as a slide over too).

    Down the road, I'm looking at split view for handling beefier stuff. Split view productivity apps during meetings for notes + reference, and similar at the gaming table when I can have a PDF of my campaign module on one half, and a ink-enabled "whiteboard" up on the other from a notes app.

    The more annoying issue right now is that apps I want to support it (Cabinet and Paper for example) don't support it yet.
  25. rkuo thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2010
    And are you doing this with a physical keyboard. Because if you were trying to take notes, the onscreen keyboard would obstruct the entire video. It just seems so impractical in practice.

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