Report: iOS 8 to include split-screen multitasking for iPad

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According to a new report from Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, iOS 8 could include split-screen multitasking support for the iPad. The feature, which has been requested by iPad users for some time, would enable two apps to be run side-by-side on the device’s display.

According to Gurman’s unnamed sources, the feature will not only enable two apps to run on-screen simultaneously but will also allow for better communication between those two apps. For example, a user may be able to drag content, such as text, video, or images, from one app to another. Apple is reportedly developing capabilities for developers to be able to design their apps to interact with each other in this way.

The feature is said to be designed with the larger-screened 9.7-inch iPad in mind, and it is unclear at the moment if the feature will work on the iPad mini. Split-screen multitasking is also said to work exclusively in landscape mode.

We’ve previously heard that Apple plans to bring a number of new features and apps to iOS in the next iteration including a Healthbook app, Preview and TextEdit apps, improvements to Notification Center, Messages, Maps and other stock apps as well as the possible inclusion of a standalone iTunes Radio app.

We expect to get our first glimpses of iOS 8 at Apple’s WWDC in June. I’m hoping the split-screen feature looks and works a little something like this concept by Sam Beckett on YouTube:

What do you think of the latest iOS 8 rumor? Would split-screen multitasking be a welcome feature on your iPad? Might the feature be key to the rumored larger ‘iPad Pro’ device? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or get in touch on Twitter: @TiP_AdamO.

Source: 9t05Mac

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  • Anthony Snyder

    This seems good if it’s actually useful or it’s required for some apps.

  • krym73

    So they’re basically copying what Galaxy devices have been able to do since the Galaxy s4. Galaxy devices are also able to drag content from one app to the one right next to it.

    • Bratty

      You are a moron.

    • Anthony Snyder

      We have no idea what they will do. You could say Galaxy devices copied desktop computers since you can do the same on Windows.