Apple’s iOS 8 was rumored to feature a new, important addition for iPad users: side-by-side apps. Now a developer has found the bits in the code that allow for this and he’s created a proof of concept video on how this new feature would work.
The rumor that Apple would add this feature has been along for quite some time now. Many folks were expecting this to be unveiled at WWDC as part of iOS 8 but that never happened. Some reports said that Apple had run into trouble while implementing this and that the project had been pushed back.
But that didn’t stop Steven Troughton-Smith, an iOS developer, from going through the code of iOS 8 and finding relevant bits and pieces. Using those, he created a short video that highlights the way this feature would work.
It’s quite obvious that what we’re seeing is an early version of the feature, and definitely not for the end-user. In fact, the developer had to work around Springboard to get this feature to start, so it’s far from ready for public consumption.
It looks like the split screen view may be invoked by sliding two fingers on the screen, and the windows can be resized to 1/4, 1/2 or 3/4 sizes. By the way, is it just us or does this seem strangely familiar?
This feature also seems to be limited to landscape view and 9.7’ iPads and it’s not clear if the Mini will ever be able to use this feature. But we’ll have to wait until Apple finally unveils it, perhaps with the launch of new devices, to see all the details.