Apple reportedly planning iPad split-screen multitasking to rival Surface

Despite lagging significantly behind the tablet competition in terms of sales, one of Microsoft's most-touted advantages with its Surface line has been its split-screen multitasking capability. That may not be an advantage against the industry-leading tablet much longer, as Apple reportedly plans to offer split-screen multitasking in the next version of iOS for the iPad.

According to a report by 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, Apple will add split-screen multitasking to iOS 8 for iPad, which "will allow iPad users to run and interact with two iPad applications at once." When it's released, the feature will only work in landscape mode, Gurman claims. The feature is reminiscent of snap mode in Windows 8 and Windows RT, which Microsoft has heavily promoted in Surface ads combating the iPad.

Gurman also states his sources say the new iOS will allow apps to "more easily interact," such as dragging content from one app to another. It's not yet known if the feature will make its way to the iPad mini's 7.9-inch display, as Gurman says it's being designed with the larger iPad's 9.7-inch display in mind.

The iPad's split-screen multitasking will be released either later this year or early next year, though it will be formally unveiled at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2, according to the report.

Microsoft has boasted about the Surface line's work-related capabilities compared to the iPad since its tablets were first released. In an October blog post, Frank X. Shaw, Microsoft's head of communications, slammed the iPad by saying "it’s much harder to get work done on a device that lacks precision input and a desktop for true side-by-side multitasking." The comments notably came after Apple CEO Tim Cook said Microsoft was trying to make a tablet that was essentially a PC.

Source: 9to5Mac

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stevan said,

Sorry to disappoint but you won't. You may, however, see it properly implemented.

I keep seeing this mentioned from you and others. I think things like dragging and dropping things between apps would be a nice improvement. Being able to split apps horizontally in portrait mode would be nice too.

But isn't snapping itself about as straight forward as it could be right now? Drag the app to the side and it's snapped.

Lots of things can always improve, but I just can't agree with your implication that Win8's split-screen multitasking is somehow "improper" as it is. :/ .

Nimdock said,
Can't wait to hear all about how Apple invented split-screen multitasking!
That joke was told years ago. How about something more original?

stevan said,
Sorry to disappoint but you won't. You may, however, see it properly implemented.

Maybe you should elaborate on why the Microsoft implementation is not properly implemented then you might just have a little more credibility.

As it is you spouted the same BS multiple times, without explaining why you think the Apple implementation will be better or the correct way to implement split screen apps!!!

Edited by neo158, May 13 2014, 8:12pm :

JHBrown said,
That joke was told years ago. How about something more original?

OK, how about Tim Cook explaining how magical or revolutionary it is!!!!

JHBrown said,
That joke was told years ago. How about something more original?

I like that joke.

It's funny because it's true. :D

neo158 said,

Maybe you should elaborate on why the Microsoft implementation is not properly implemented then you might just have a little more credibility.

As it is you spouted the same BS multiple times, without explaining why you think the Apple implementation will be better or the correct way to implement split screen apps!!!

It's just their very long history of being late with something but doing it right the majority of time. That's where the credibility lies. They did it with most of their product so I don't see why it couldn't be done again. I also said "May", meaning we don't know how it's going to work or whether they are doing it at all.

stevan said,

It's just their very long history of being late with something but doing it right the majority of time. That's where the credibility lies. They did it with most of their product so I don't see why it couldn't be done again. I also said "May", meaning we don't know how it's going to work or whether they are doing it at all.

Yet, you didn't respond to the first part of his post.

stevan said,
It's just their very long history of being late with something but doing it right the majority of time. That's where the credibility lies. They did it with most of their product so I don't see why it couldn't be done again. I also said "May", meaning we don't know how it's going to work or whether they are doing it at all.

As ZipZapRap said you still haven't told me how the way Microsoft implement split screen apps is wrong!!!

ah, split screen multitasking, have been using this feature over a year now on my Android Tablet. Apple is again trying to innovate...

vacs said,
ah, split screen multitasking, have been using this feature over a year now on my Android Tablet. Apple is again trying to innovate...

Innovate? No. Improve? Yes.

deadonthefloor said,

As soon as Microsoft shows them how to do it wrong on WP8.x.

They can't, Microsoft have implemented it the correct way!!!

JHBrown said,
Yawns! Microsoft dreams about having Apples user base and consumer following.

Lets play Spot-the-Apple-Fanboi, shall we?

_dandy_ said,

Lets play Spot-the-Apple-Fanboi, shall we?

Strange that my house has more Microsoft products being used. Try again!

JHBrown said,
Strange that my house has more Microsoft products being used. Try again!

Oh, oh! I know!

Someone who can't spot a tongue-in-cheek comment then?

JHBrown said,
Strange that my house has more Microsoft products being used. Try again!

Hilarious. This is like the "I have black friends" comment

ZipZapRap said,

Hilarious. This is like the "I have black friends" comment

What? I have friends from all over the world. In military you work and team-up with anyone when the mission needs to get done. I don't get your childish comment.

JHBrown said,
What? I have friends from all over the world. In military you work and team-up with anyone when the mission needs to get done. I don't get your childish comment.
Edit:
ZipZapRap was kind enough to explain his comment privately.

Kind of curious how they'll implement this. iOS apps have traditionally enjoyed being locked to a small number of resolutions - now it's 960x640, 1136x640, 1024x768, and 2048x1536.

Let's assume it's just for the Retina iPads (3rd gen+, 2nd gen mini). Easiest fix would be to define a new size of 1024x1536 for a vertical split. If they want a fluid split, then I'll imagine it'll be a mess given the state of iOS apps today. It already takes app devs a while to adapt to a new fixed resolution - what about variable sizes like WP and Android?

Though it's probably about high time Apple moves away from having fixed container sizes for apps and shifts towards fluid containers. Upside of having fixed sizes are better looking apps as you are guaranteed the positioning of controls. Obvious downside is making new device adopters wait up to a month for their favourite apps to support the new larger resolution on their device.

The problem with the "multitasking" on a tablet is that it does nothing except drain the battery faster and bog down the tablet.

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