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Is anyone finding Split View or Slide Over really useful?

rkuo

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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?
 

JD2015

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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?

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.
 

Ledgem

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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.
 

rkuo

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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.
Ok but what apps are you using and finding this useful for?
 

JD2015

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Ok but what apps are you using and finding this useful for?
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.
 

No-Me

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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.
 

DJTaurus

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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.

Did you test it on the mini 4 ? Small fonts ?
 

RockSpider

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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?
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.
 

erasr

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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.
 

DSTOFEL

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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?
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 time....as I experiment more!
 

yegon

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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.
 

Abazigal

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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.
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).
 

spiderman0616

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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.
 

jterp7

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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.
 
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Crimsom

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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.
 

asleep

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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.
 
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sracer

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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.
Apple will get there. Samsung already provides that type of customization for their multiwindow capabilities.
 

mrex

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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.
 

lmitch6

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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.
 

iapplelove

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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
 

Krevnik

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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.
 

rkuo

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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.

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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