Apple may add split-screen multitasking to the iPad with iOS 8

Apple is apparently planning to introduce the ability to run split-screen multitasking to its iPad lineup with iOS 8, according to a report by Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac.

Currently, iOS only allows users to display one app on screen at a time, even with the generous 9.7-inch real estate of the standard iPad. But the new functionality was said to allow iPads to run and interact with two apps at once, according to sources with knowledge of the enhancement in development.

Split-screen Multitasking Concept

Split-screen Multitasking Concept

Rival companies like Samsung has been slating the Apple for not featuring this functionality on its tablets repeatedly as they used it in advertising and marketing campaigns for its own products.

Take a look at the video below:

However, even with the simple UI, the iPad is still the most popular tablet on the market with its ease of use being the best selling point. But with rivals continuing to claim that their devices is more productive, this is perhaps why Apple is bringing in split-screen multitasking to its much anticipated iOS 8 platform.

9to5Mac points out that the multitasking functionality will be designed primarily around the 9.7-inch iPad display, and that it still remains unclear whether it will feature in the smaller-screened iPad mini.  Being able to use two apps at once at ease is gradually becoming a big deal in tablets for both the consumer and enterprise sectors. The report also taps on that users may even be able to drag compatible data directly between apps.

Here is a concept mock-up to show you what the new feature may look like:

We are expecting to hear more about this at next month’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), when Apple should be telling us more on what iOS 8 has in store.

Kai-Li Yang

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