possible to run more than one app?

Techexp2

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Hi,

Is it possible to run more than one app at the same time(iPad) ?
 

Cascades42

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With the newer iPads you can run apps in slide over or split screen mode. The latter has two apps side by side on the screen, the former has the second application hover or float above the first - you can't interact with them at the same time, unlike split screen.
 

Night Spring

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With the newer iPads you can run apps in slide over or split screen mode. The latter has two apps side by side on the screen, the former has the second application hover or float above the first - you can't interact with them at the same time, unlike split screen.
No, there's just one split screen mode, but you can have the second screen take only a quarter of the screen, or half the screen. In either case, you can immediately switch between the two apps by tapping on them.

There's also picture-in-picture mode for videos.

Then there are some app processes that can run in the background. Like music will keep playing even if you switch to another app, and some apps can update data while in the background, and stuff like that.
 

BeSweeet

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Without a jailbreak (where you can open as many as you want in their own little windows, until your RAM runs out), you can only use split-screen apps, as others have mentioned.

I really wish split screen mode would allow multiple instances of the same program though.
Hopefully this is something that will come to iOS 10.
 

tgara

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I really wish split screen mode would allow multiple instances of the same program though.
Yeah, and drag and drop between documents too, e.g., Have 2 Word documents open in split screen, highlight text on one and drag it over to the other with your finger or the Pencil.
 

Night Spring

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Yeah, and drag and drop between documents too, e.g., Have 2 Word documents open in split screen, highlight text on one and drag it over to the other with your finger or the Pencil.
This may be just me, but highlight, tap copy, then tap the other document and tap paste seems faster and more reliable to me. Whenever I try to drag something, I tend to let go before I intended to, ending up pasting it somewhere I didn't intend, or having to restart the action from the beginning.
 

richpjr

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Yeah, and drag and drop between documents too, e.g., Have 2 Word documents open in split screen, highlight text on one and drag it over to the other with your finger or the Pencil.
That would be great as cutting and pasting between 2 documents is something I regularly do on my iMac and MBA.
 

docal97

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Without a jailbreak (where you can open as many as you want in their own little windows, until your RAM runs out), you can only use split-screen apps, as others have mentioned.



Hopefully this is something that will come to iOS 10.
I would think(and hope), that this has to be a major new feature of iOS 10- to be able to interact with both apps in multitasking side by side, instead of only one, as it is currently. Also, to be able to arrange the apps available in the multi-tasking pane to your liking, and eliminate ones that you do not want to see at all.
 

Skika

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I would think(and hope), that this has to be a major new feature of iOS 10- to be able to interact with both apps in multitasking side by side, instead of only one, as it is currently. Also, to be able to arrange the apps available in the multi-tasking pane to your liking, and eliminate ones that you do not want to see at all.
You can do that on iPads with 2gb of ram.
 

docal97

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You can do that on iPads with 2gb of ram.
no, you can only interact with one of the apps at a time, not both simultaneously.
Also, you can't remove apps that are able to be selected from he list of apps available for multi-tasking.
 

Skika

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no, you can only interact with one of the apps at a time, not both simultaneously.
Also, you can't remove apps that are able to be selected from he list of apps available for multi-tasking.
Ok, im writing this post on my ipad pro, safari running on the right and youtube on the left both fully interactable at the same time, so hows that?
 
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C DM

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no, you can only interact with one of the apps at a time, not both simultaneously.
Also, you can't remove apps that are able to be selected from he list of apps available for multi-tasking.
Perhaps you are thinking of slide-over rather than side-by-side?
 
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Night Spring

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Maybe he doesnt know he can further expand the view when in Slide over to enter Side by side mode.
But can't you interact with an app, even in slide over mode? I'm pretty sure I can keep iMessage open in slide over and type in it
 

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But can't you interact with an app, even in slide over mode? I'm pretty sure I can keep iMessage open in slide over and type in it
You can interact one app at a time with slide over, in side by side you can interact with both at the same time, basically you are running two apps at once fully. When you are using iMessage in slide over the other app is suspended, if you want to interact with it Messages dissapear, this is not true for Side by side.
 
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Night Spring

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You can interact one app at a time with slide over, in side by side you can interact with both at the same time, basically you are running two apps at once fully. When you are using iMessage in slide over the other app is suspended, if you want to interact with it Messages dissapear, this is not true for Side by side.
I don't have my iPad with me at the moment so I can't check, but I don't think slide over disappears if I touch the main app. I'll check and report back once I get home.
 

Mascots

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I don't have my iPad with me at the moment so I can't check, but I don't think slide over disappears if I touch the main app. I'll check and report back once I get home.


There are multiple modes: Trying to interact with Safari on the first (left) iPad will close Twitter because Slide Over only allows a single app to have focus. Continuing to drag the Slide Over-app into Split Screen will allow them both to keep focus, meaning you can interact with Safari or Maps without the other closing.
 

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There are multiple modes: Trying to interact with Safari on the first (left) iPad will close Twitter because Slide Over only allows a single app to have focus. Continuing to drag the Slide Over-app into Split Screen will allow them both to keep focus, meaning you can interact with Safari or Maps without the other closing.
But you can slide the right window back a bit after making it 50/50 size and have it 1/3rd size and neither suspended. Both live at once. This is how I prefer using split screen usually.

:) It's like having an iPad with a really tall iPhone 6+ stuck to the side.

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But you can slide the right window back a bit after making it 50/50 size and have it 1/3rd size and neither suspended. Both live at once. This is how I prefer using split screen usually.
I think it's important to note, just for clarity since it is a little confusing: Even in the 1/3, 2/3 sizing, you are in Split Screen mode. Only when you get the faded background app with a 1/3-only foreground app are you in "Slide Over".

The terminology is kind of silly when you break it down :p
 

Night Spring

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But you can slide the right window back a bit after making it 50/50 size and have it 1/3rd size and neither suspended. Both live at once. This is how I prefer using split screen usually.
Yes! That's what I was doing. And I just got home and tried this on my 12.9 iPP, and you don't have to drag it to 50/50 first. Just drag it to the 1/3 position, and hold your finger there until both apps become active.
 
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