One of the best features baked into iOS 9 for iPad users is Split View multitasking, which lets you run two apps side-by-side. It’s only available on the iPad Air 2 for now, but a new file discovered in the latest OS X El Capitan beta suggests Apple will bring it to the iPad mini, too.
“The resource file shown above from the upcoming OS X El Capitan’s Safari 9 browser shows support for a split-screen view of Safari on the iPad mini,” reports 9to5Mac. “Additionally, a developer tool in El Capitan for testing the responsiveness of website designs allows developers to simulate an iPad mini 3 (which does not support split-view) running Safari in a split-view mode.”
We assumed the reason why Apple chose to support Split View on the iPad Air 2 is due to performance concerns; it is currently the only iPad in Apple’s lineup that carries its latest A8X processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. But that may not be the case.
What’s unclear at this point is whether Apple will bring Split View to the iPad mini 3 — or any other existing devices — or whether it will be a new feature on the upcoming iPad mini 4, which will have a faster processor. Although the El Capitan discoveries hint at Split View on iPad mini 3, this could just be something Apple has been testing, so we shouldn’t read too much into it.
We’ll could find out more about the iPad mini 4 — and iOS 9’s public release date — at Apple’s iPhone event, which is expected to go ahead on Wednesday, September 9.