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Amazing iPad Split-Screen Multitasking Revealed

by Jacob Kleinman | June 12, 2014June 12, 2014 8:00 am PDT

Earlier this week developer Steven Troughton-Smith noticed a bit of code in iOS 8 hinting at split-screen multitasking for iOS 8. Now he’s back with a short video showing the new feature in action after hacking Apple’s iOS 8 iPad Simulator to make split-screen mode work.

Apple’s new split-screen function for iOS 8 appears to have some limits. As Troughton-Smith notes it only works in landscape mode, and only lets you split the screen between two apps, either slicing the display in half or letting one app take up 3/4 of the screen. Controlling the new feature looks relatively simple, though it appears to require a two-finger gesture.

It’s unclear when Apple will officially announce split-screen mode on iOS 8, We’re guessing this feature could be limited to the company’s iPads, with one report suggesting support only for the iPad Air, but it’s possible the same multi-tasking could show up in the next-generation iPad Mini or even the iPhone 6. Either way we’ll probably have to wait for September to get an official demo. Until then check out Troughton-Smith’s video below for a taste of what’s to come.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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