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.
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.