Is iOS 11 split screen app switcher WORSE?

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by strategicthinke, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. strategicthinke macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2014
    Rio de Janeiro
    Sorry for the tabloid title. But from what I've seen in the videos so far you can only put an app in split screen if it is in the dock. No matter how awful the previous app switcher was, at least I could make ANY app open in the slide-over / secondary app (as long as it was compatible with it...).

    Am I missing something?
  2. iMacDragon macrumors 68000


    Oct 18, 2008
    open whatever app, it will now appear in the dock. ( last three used apps always show in dock )
  3. ashindnile macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2015
    Apple figured it was easier to go to the home screen and open any other app, then immediately bring the previous app up from the dock, and I gotta say it makes way more sense. That's more like a traditional desktop OS that before!
  4. strategicthinke thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2014
    Rio de Janeiro
    So, the most recently used app can be accessed in the dock right side? I mean, if I closer Safari, and Safari is NOT in the dock. And I go to is it possible to drag Safari from the dock (as a most recently used app) to the split view mode?

    Thanks for the replies!

    --- Post Merged, Jun 7, 2017 ---
    Oh, I see someone already emotions malt recently used apps ARE in the dock, app to the last three. That's great to hear!
    Thanks everyone!
  5. bmac89 macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2014
    I really like the idea of the multitasking control centre and drag and drop but I am a bit concerned that the new slide over / split view app switcher will be more fiddly when trying to access apps not on the dock.
    However I haven't tried the beta yet so I can't really make a proper judgment on usability yet.

    I feel that something like the following concept would have been more intuitive whilst still keeping the same gesture actions. I also think it feels more natural to just swipe from the edge to activate split view and then drag to resize the app.


    The only addition I would add is to include the same hovering dock along the full length of the iPad.
    For example the different gestures:

    1. Swipe from right edge = modified home screen app picker as shown + full length dock with drag and drop

    2. Swipe up from bottom = hovering dock only with drag and drop (same as iOS 11)

    3. Swipe up further = multitasker spaces & control centre (same as iOS 11)
  6. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    Framing it like that makes sense to me. Essentially, the new split screen app switcher is: The Home Screen. The ultimate place to select apps.
  7. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    In iOS 10 and before you cannot literally put ANY app into split screen anyway, such as most games (I wish I could play two games at once) and some apps developer does not support it.
    Maybe I was wrong because I just use split screen feature at Apple store.
  8. az431 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2008
    Portland, OR
    It’s better that scrolling through 300 apps to find the one you want to open in split screen.
  9. pacorob macrumors 68000


    Apr 8, 2010
    the Netherlands
    Yeah the old way could have definitely used a search feature or a (de)selecting option what you want to see as apps that support Slide Over/Split View. But now with the Dock that changed a bit. If I understood correctly you can lock a few on the Dock but also a few (three) change depending on what you have used lately. See also more details on that in this forum topic and this post.
  10. TurboPGT! Suspended

    Sep 25, 2015
    It is 1000x better than it was before. There isn't even a comparison. And no, the concepts with faux home screens as an alternative are not better than this.
  11. Mascots macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
    FYI, you can grab apps from the home screen, open another app or app switcher, then snap that previously dragged app into the slide over.

    Oh someone just said that, my bad.
  12. stooovie macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2010
    Well, it does force you to think ahead OR quit the main app, launch the one you want in split view, get back to the first all and THEN drag the secondary one to the split view. It's inelegant and takes way too many steps.

    It is more flexible in 11 but there's nothing keeping Apple to combine this with the (suboptimal) way of iOS 10 and 9.

    I'm almost certain Apple will address this in future releases.
  13. craig1024 macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2016
    I think that it's much better now that they got rid of the swipe in from the right, I am constantly pulling it in accidentally.
  14. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    I do miss rotating through all my recent apps to switch them. But it’s a beta so maybe they’ll bring it back.

    On the other hand, I LOVE how you can swipe the dock up now and all the icons are just there, no need to swipe through all of them.

    I know those statements seem contradictory, but they’re kinda two different things. The first statement was talking about recent apps, the other was about docked apps.
  15. KittyKatta macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2011
    That is the most coherent mockup of iPad Multitasking out there. Just drag the “Sidebar” out and either your app is there or its just a search away.

    And not only that. Having “multitasking” associated with a right-side drag then it gives Control Panel back to the bottom of the screen. Because the way it is now then accessing Control Panel requires TWO swipes. (One to get dock. Then another to get Multi Screen. And if you need to, a long press to dig deeper into an individual Control Pane).
  16. canesalato macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2010
    Actually,you can still get to the control center with only one swipe: it just needs to go a little bit higher. After a while you get used to it. It's a very well tought system
  17. TurboPGT! Suspended

    Sep 25, 2015
    No it isn't. It is literally FULL of bad ideas that just ignored in mockups.
  18. naasrd macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2008
    Dublin, Ireland
    Appalling. It's the answer to a question nobody asked. And don't get me going on kill all apps...
  19. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    I feel like for ppl like me who don’t overload their iPad and dock with too many apps, the new design is fine. But for those ppl that do have tons of apps on their iPad it sucks. Mainly cause you force those ppl to overload their dock. Which they may not want to do. And yes I understand you can also pull from the most frequently used apps on the right. But still, not everyone wants to throw a bunch of apps on their dock to split screen, or multitask.
  20. pacorob macrumors 68000


    Apr 8, 2010
    the Netherlands
    I also have loads of apps and a big amount of those offer Slide Over/Split View support. It's not that I use it for all apps though. Luckely there is the option though to have a folder inside the Dock. However a search would also be helpfull though.
  21. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    Is anyone planning to save all their iPad apps in folders and store them all on the dock?
  22. pacorob macrumors 68000


    Apr 8, 2010
    the Netherlands
    Not all, because not all of the apps I have on my iPads have Slide Over/Split View support ;)
  23. maclab macrumors member


    Aug 31, 2009
    2 big issues

    1) app switcher becomes a big mess with all the apps you have opened and then having to tough it to then get the “x” toggle and then hope your accurate enough in hitting it to close I missing something ? There must be a faster way to clear the switcher section?

    2) accessing control panel fast is now painful...
  24. dingclancy23, Jun 23, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2017

    dingclancy23 macrumors regular


    Nov 15, 2015
    Actually if you open the spotlight and search for an App you can drag the app icon from the search results and it can be a slide over.

    That will allow you to search for any app not on the dock and put it in split screen.


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