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Apple's iOS 8 split-screen multitasking shown off on video

Yet-unannounced feature is coming to the iPad
Thu Jun 12 2014, 10:07

AN APPLE DEVELOPER seems to have confirmed rumours that suggested split-screen multitasking will be a feature of iOS 8, and has shown off the feature on video.

Apple unveiled iOS 8 during its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote last week, but there was no mention of the split-screen feature that hit the rumour mill back in mid-May.

That doesn't mean such a feature isn't coming in iOS 8, however. Steve Troughton Smith, who builds iOS apps over at High Caffeine Content, tweeted on Monday that he has discovered code in the operating system that allows two apps to run side by side.

Since, Troughton Smith has posted a short video clip of the feature in action on an iPad, which you can view below.


Troughton-Smith, as 'confirmed' int he clip, said that the code allows apps to take up half of the screen, a single quarter or three quarters, suggesting split-screen in iOS 8 will mimic Microsoft's "Snap" multitasking feature. In theory, this means that iPad users could set Twitter to take up a quarter of the screen, while Netflix is set to take up the remaining space.

According to last month's rumours, the split-screen feature will also allow apps to interact more easily. For example, users might be able to drag content - such as text, video or images - from one app to another.

What remains unclear is why Apple didn't show off the new feature at WWDC last week, but speculation suggests that it could be because the firm is waiting for an upcoming iPad unveiling, which likely will take place this autumn. µ


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