Here are the iPads that will support iOS 9’s Split View, Slide Over and Picture-in-Picture features

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With iOS 9, Apple is adding some new multitasking features to the iPad that will make it possible to run two apps side-by-side called Split View. When combined with other new ways to multitask, iOS 9 makes the iPad a great productivity tool. 

You can read more about all the new multitasking features — Split View, Slide Over, and Picture-in-Picture — in iOS 9 here. Sadly, not all iPads will be getting the new multitasking features due to RAM and processing power limitations.

Split View

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Probably the best multitasking related feature in iOS 9 — the ability to run two apps side-by-side and seamlessly transfer content between them — is limited only to the iPad Air 2. It goes without saying that the iPad Pro and iPad mini 4 will also support it.

The iPad Air 2 was Apple’s most powerful device released last year. It features a tri-core A8X processor and 2GB of RAM, which give it enough grunt to run two apps side-by-side.

Slide Over

Slide Over in iOS 9 makes it possible to run an app as an overlay on top of an already existing app. Unlike Split View, Slide Over is available for a wider range of iPads.

  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

Picture-in-Picture

Picture-in-Picture allows you to view a video in windowed mode while using other applications. For example, you can do a FaceTime video call in a mini-window mode, without hampering your browsing session in Safari. This feature is available on the following iPads:

  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

In a nutshell, if you own an iPad 2-4 or the original iPad mini, you won’t be able to use the new multitasking features in iOS 9.

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