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iPad iOS 8 Split-Screen Feature Not Ready For WWDC Debut

by Todd Haselton | May 29, 2014May 29, 2014 4:00 pm PST

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Just a couple of weeks ago a report from 9to5Mac suggested that Apple was “likely” preparing to add a new feature inside iOS 8 that would help bring the platform more on-a-par with the multitasking experiences offered by Windows and Samsung’s Android device. The feature, split-screen multitasking that will allow iPad users to run two apps side-by-side, may not launch as soon as anticipated.

Brian Chen, a writer with The New York Times took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to explain what he’s heard coming down the grapevine. “I’ve been told that the split-screen feature for iOS 8 isn’t ready yet and won’t be shown at WWDC,” Chen said. “Still a work in progress.”

Well, there’s two ways to take that statement: we’re a bit bummed that we won’t see the feature so soon, but at least this is another report corroborating that Apple is actually working to build the functionality. If it’s not ready for WWDC, we suspect it won’t be much longer until we see it added, perhaps in a future iOS 8 update.

We prefer Apple works to get it right instead of launching a half-baked feature, but we certainly will welcome the feature. Then, for the 2015 WWDC show, maybe we’ll be able to stream the keynote on one side of our iPad while blogging from the other.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...