So about iOS 9 iPad multitasking

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by crashoverride77, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. crashoverride77 macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2014
    So we finally got that "long overdue" feature that android tablets had for years.
    To be honest I think its overrated. Obviously PiP is amazing and I use it every day since the betas but the actual split screen stuff, meh.
    Slide over I use a few times and defiantly can see more use for it once more apps get updated. The actual full on splitcscreen multitasking tho, I maybe used like twice. Again hardly any app has been updated for that too but I think that probably won't make much of a difference for me.

    What you guys think?
  2. batting1000 macrumors 604

    Sep 4, 2011
    So I guess Apple should just remove it right now...why should it be there if you don't like it?
  3. newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    I'm still trying to figure out how to make SplitView really useful. If you have email or Messages open on one side and respond, the keyboard mostly obliterates the other app. :eek:
  4. crashoverride77 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2014
    Well thanks for your amazing contribution. Did I say anywhere they should remove it? Do you think any feature I dont use should not be there? Obviously not.

    Im sure you are one of those guys, just trigger happy on the keyboard waiting to post stuff like that.
    Im all Apple baby, no hate here, I simply said that I thought it would be a lot more useful than it turned out to be. IMO
    So once again thanks for your incredible insight.
  5. crashoverride77 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2014
    Yeah thats what I think too, its great for more detailed glances and maybe quick replies.
    But for full on productivity you need to go full splitScreen. Even in this mode after I while I just find myself going back to single app view, for reasons such as you mentioned. Its not like the 5 finger slide gestures to swap between apps is slow.

    Im sure it will get better once more apps get updated. Also a slight killer for me is the app picker design, as smooth and as pretty as it is, I can see trouble very soon. If all the apps I use are updated than the app picker is going to be a lot fun when trying to find the right app.
  6. Paco II macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2009
    Perhaps it's a workflow thing. I frequently move data between different apps, so I am LOVING split screen.
  7. f00f macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2009
    New Yawk
    I can see that big goofy keyboard eating up a lot of real estate. Indeed it does.

    This SplitView thing is handy with a hardware keyboard since the software keyboard will be out-of-view. The shortcuts row will still take up a sliver on the bottom of the screen unless it's disabled in Settings/General/Keyboard/Shortcuts. (I wish shortcuts could be disabled automagically when a hardware keyboard is connected. Enhancement Request!)

    A good use case for the side-by-side stuff yesterday I went through was setting up the device and needing to flip back to my password manager (1Password) frequently. Safari has an extension for 1Password and it's mighty convenient there; but most other apps do not. Traditionally one would have to double-tap Home and flip-flop between 1Password and whatever app needed that password. In some cases, depending in that app you're in, the password dialog would disappear or reinitialize or whatever when flip-flipping between it and 1Password. So you'd need to have that password pre-copied in the paste buffer before the time it's actually needed in whatever app you need it for.

    I was setting up Family Sharing and needed iCloud credentials for both myself and my wife. If you've ever set this up you know it's done via the Settings/iCloud section, and it's a popup box that you progress through to add all the info. It was just infinitely easier & fluid to have both Settings and 1Password side-by-side rather than Home double-tapping.

    There's definitely a lot of use cases, many of them involving chatting with other people in one app while looking up info or doing some kind of work in another. It needs some polish though; there's no reason to show *every* capable app in the slide-out app chooser, which are listed in a random order (not even alphabetical). Needs some organization there. No doubt Apple will address this kind of stuff down the road.

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