The evolution of iOS over the years has been relatively slow, with a dash of spice here and a sprinkle of salt there. Scanning my aging memory banks, one of the biggest changes in recent years has been the addition of the Command Center panel.
But, if the latest rumours are to be believed, iPad users in particular could be in for a major new feature with the introduction of iOS 8, specifically: split-screen multitasking. Ooh baby.
That’s the story over on 9to5mac, with credit going to “sources with knowledge of the enhancement in development”.
Essentially you’ll be able to run two apps side by side, a feature that seems like a no-brainer to us. Indeed, iPad users have been crying out for split-screen multitasking for years.
It’s thought that the iPad’s split-screen multitasking would work in landscape mode only (makes sense), though it’s unclear if the capabilities would extend to the smaller-screened iPad mini.
Supposedly the feature is aimed predominantly at the enterprise market, where the Microsoft Surface 2 will happily meet your split-screen multitasking needs – as detailed in this slightly cheeky YouTube video (they don’t make use of the iPad’s ability to move between apps by double-tapping the Home button).
Incidentally, this all brings to mind the long-rumoured 12-9in iPad Pro, which will again be aimed predominantly at enterprise people with their emails and their video calls and whatnot.
More split-screen-multitasking-for-iPad news as we hear it.