Apple may finally add split-screen multitasking feature in iOS 8, according to 9to5Mac. The feature will allow users to run two apps simultaneously on the iPad.
The report also claims the feature will allow apps to interact more easily with each other.
In addition to allowing for two iPad apps to be used at the same time, the feature is designed to allow for apps to more easily interact, according to the sources. For example, a user may be able to drag content, such as text, video, or images, from one app to another. Apple is said to be developing capabilities for developers to be able to design their apps to interact with each other. This functionality may mean that Apple is finally ready to enable “XPC” support in iOS, which means that developers could design App Store apps that could share content.
The report notes that the feature will work exclusively in landscape mode. If this rumor turns out to be true, it would be one of the major iPad-only features added to iOS since the launch of the iPad in 2010. It would also be critical to extend the functionality of iOS for the rumored iPad Pro.
Microsoft has been poking fun at the iPad in Surface tablet ads for the lack of this feature. Windows 8 includes a snap multitasking mode that allows Surface users to run two apps simultaneously.
iPad users have been requesting the ability to run multiple apps simultaneously for quite a long time. We’ve already seen some interesting concepts of how Apple could implement this feature.
Interestingly, last week a new jailbreak tweak called OS Experience was released on Cydia which allows users to run two apps simultaneously on the iPad.
Apple is expected to unveil iOS 8, the major mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at the WWDC 2014 Keynote on June 2nd.
Since iOS 7 featured an all-new design, we don’t expect Apple to make radical changes in iOS 8. In addition to the split-screen multitasking feature meantioned above, iOS 8 is expected to come with new features and improvements such as an all-new Healthbook app, improved Maps app with improved points-of-interest data, public transit directions in select cities, augmented reality and indoor mapping, all-new Preview and TextEdit apps to make it easier to access documents in iCloud, inter-app communication capabilities, a new Tips app, standalone app for iTunes Radio, improved Notification and lots more.
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