We’ve seen rumors hinting at the implementation of split-screen multitasking for the iPad, a feature which is already present in the Surface tablets, giving users the ability to keep two apps open simultaneously. The feature was rumored to be announced at WWDC 2014, but it seems it was not ready to showcase just yet. Some hints of its existence were also found by Steve Troughton-Smith in iOS 8 beta code, and now he has posted a video on YouTube showing how this feature will work.
He managed to hack into the iOS 8 iPad Simulator and showed off how the split-screen multitasking may work. It’s not completely functional, but you can see Safari taking half of the screen, while the remaining area is empty since running two apps is not yet possible. But, it does give us one confirmation that Apple is testing this feature, which may make its debut with the stable build of iOS 8, or possibly alongside the launch of the upcoming iPad Air successor.
As mentioned before, it can be adjusted to take 1/4, 1/3 and 1/2 of the screen area.
Take a look at the video below and let us know about your thoughts regarding this feature. I’m sure it will be welcomed by all iPad users, as it will boost productivity.