The highly anticipated Split screen for iPad was not ready in time for the WWDC iOS 8 release – much to the dismay of users.
The iPad’s lack of multitasking ability has been a constant source of attacks by rival tablet makers, especially Microsoft and thus is faced with great demand made by iPad users. So much so, that it poses itself as a weakness and a possible threat to product rating if not catered to in time. What Apple desperately needs now is to supercharge the functionality of Apple’s iPad with the split-screen multitasking feature – fast.
There are several jailbreak tweaks that report this upcoming feature’s ability to empower the device to run two apps at a time. However, little is known about how this utility would actually work. It is also unknown whether the feature will be available for the iPad mini.
However, it is probable that it would follow suit with the feature on Microsoft’s Surface 2 which features ‘snap’ apps which can run two apps simultaneously, while Samsung’s Galaxy tablet line-up comes with its Multi Window feature.
However, a developer named Steven Troughton-Smith has leaked a video that shows that this feature is in its testing phase. According to the 9to5mac, Troughton – Smith claimed to have hacked the iOS 8 iPad Simulator to check the functionality.
The video depicts Safari browser spread across half the screen, while the other half is blank. This affirms the fact that the split screen feature is really not mere hypothesis. The video also demonstrates screen modes in action and shows adjustability between running apps. A two finger swipe gesture has been presented here.
If this really is the case, then iPad users would be spared of the hassle of having to exit one app to use the other – something that prevented this tablet from becoming the PC of the future. Contents and links would also be shared easily.
This split-screen multitasking UI may only be available iOS 8.1, iOS 9 or with a new iPad model.
The Cupertino-based giant at its WWDC event announced new operating systems for its Mac computers and iOS devices, or OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 but no hardware was launched.
On the brighter side, the iOS 8 beta software and SDK were available immediately for iOS Developer Program members. However, jailbreaking features were included in the software, although the same was disallowed by software protocols earlier.
iOS 8 will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display.