Video shows Split-Screen multitasking on iOS 8

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.

Source: AppleInsider

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The Windows 8 solution is way more easy and elegant. Apple is yet again desperately trying to catch up while trying to make it look like they did it first..

paulheu said,
The Windows 8 solution is way more easy and elegant.

"It's quite obvious that what we're seeing is an early version of the feature, and definitely not for the end-user."

Let's be honest though. You would have said that regardless of Apple's actual implementation...

paulheu said,

Apple is yet again desperately trying to catch up while trying to make it look like they did it first..

Huh?

hmm Apple I think you might find that Samsung have done that on there Galaxy S4/S5 phones previously

I wonder if they are going to hit you with a patent war?

Simon Fowkes said,
hmm Apple I think you might find that Samsung have done that on there Galaxy S4/S5 phones previously

I wonder if they are going to hit you with a patent war?

Show us their patent...

"Multitasking has been around for ages, but Apple is the first one to get it right and to deliver what people actually wanted"

Right?

Apple are really getting it altogether now, I am very impressed. iOS 8 is a huge release and I expect many people to come back to the iPhone and iPad, particularly the iPhone with the new larger screens. Good work Apple.

ACTIONpack said,
Seem like a pain to change sizes on ios8. Need to do a better and quicker job to do it like windows 8

Just imagine how painful it was to show a video of a split screen without anything on the right side. You only see what's on the left. I guess right side functionality will come in iOS 9.

Finally, now we have a tablet that can multitask, I'm waiting for Windows and Samsung to copy this. Really glad Apple got to this first.

mastercoms said,
Finally, now we have a tablet that can multitask, I'm waiting for Windows and Samsung to copy this. Really glad Apple got to this first.

My Galaxy Note 10.1 has had split-screen multitasking since I bought it, and it also has draggable windows (if that's what floats your boat). Windows 8 has also had split-screen multi-tasking since launch.

Majesticmerc said,

My Galaxy Note 10.1 has had split-screen multitasking since I bought it, and it also has draggable windows (if that's what floats your boat).


no that's impossible apple always has features before everyone else and then the competition copies them, obviously

Majesticmerc said,

My Galaxy Note 10.1 has had split-screen multitasking since I bought it, and it also has draggable windows (if that's what floats your boat). Windows 8 has also had split-screen multi-tasking since launch.


Yep, my Galaxy S4 also has split screen multi tasking and the larger Samsung tablets also allow up to 4 windows at one time (all resizable too) and as you said Win8 had it since launch as the snap feature which has been since improved upon in Win8.1.

mastercoms said,
Finally, now we have a tablet that can multitask, I'm waiting for Windows and Samsung to copy this. Really glad Apple got to this first.

Well played. +1 internet for you;

mastercoms said,
Finally, now we have a tablet that can multitask, I'm waiting for Windows and Samsung to copy this. Really glad Apple got to this first.

I'm sure my Dell Venue Pro 8 can have split screens...

Majesticmerc said,
I really should have picked up on the oozing sarcasm. To the coffee machine!

I should have really put a /s but I thought the sarcasm was obvious enough

I don't think ive ever seen Apple claim they were the first to do many things, they only claim to do certain things well.

Personally Windows 8 has had the best split screen, i have a Galaxy Note 10.1 and it's ok in split screen nothing special, limited to certain apps and it can be annoying to get going.

REM2000 said,
I don't think ive ever seen Apple claim they were the first to do many things, they only claim to do certain things well.

Personally Windows 8 has had the best split screen, i have a Galaxy Note 10.1 and it's ok in split screen nothing special, limited to certain apps and it can be annoying to get going.

That's the beauty of what apple does. Make such a big deal about a feature like they just found the cure for cancer but just not say anything about the other guys that have had these features for a couple years and people will just assume you are a creative genius.

mastercoms said,

I should have really put a /s but I thought the sarcasm was obvious enough

In hindsight I don't really think you needed to. It was just pre-caffeine for me :laugh:.

obvious troll is obvious


mastercoms said,

no that's impossible apple always has features before everyone else and then the competition copies them, obviously

I'm waiting for the invention of "windowed applications", that is, applications can run simultaneously, and be easily switched between by natural human interaction with some kind of pointing device, like a finger.

Seriously, watching these UIs "evolve" on tablets is like watching reruns of the GUI evolution on PCs during the late 70's and early 80's.

Go search for "A Tour of Windows 1.0" on YouTube. The icons at the bottom and the tiled Windows, back to the future! Windows 1.0 even came out in 1985! :)

mastercoms said,

I should have really put a /s but I thought the sarcasm was obvious enough

Leaving out the /s causes more fun.

elenarie said,

Leaving out the /s causes more fun.


I do have to admit I get a chuckle out of people confused about if it is sarcasm or not, when it most obviously is

bitslasher said,
I'm waiting for the invention of "windowed applications", that is, applications can run simultaneously, and be easily switched between by natural human interaction with some kind of pointing device, like a finger.

Seriously, watching these UIs "evolve" on tablets is like watching reruns of the GUI evolution on PCs during the late 70's and early 80's.

Go search for "A Tour of Windows 1.0" on YouTube. The icons at the bottom and the tiled Windows, back to the future! Windows 1.0 even came out in 1985! :)


I wish tablets went through the punch card phase.

Seems odd to limit the split view to just the full sized iPad? I get the reasoning but it can still be useful on it's smaller sibling. *Hope* they eventually follow Samsung's approach, allow more than 2 apps side by side on the full sized iPad and restrict to just 2 on the iPad mini. That would make more sense to me.