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Split-screen multitasking comes to the Apple iPad in iOS 8?

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Split-screen multitasking comes to the Apple iPad in iOS 8?
While a new jail break "tweak" called OS Experience is allowing Apple iPad users to enjoy split-screen multitasking, new speculation has Apple adding the feature to iOS 8. Currently, users of Apple's iOS flavored slate can only view one application at a time, using the entire real estate available on the screen. If the rumor pans out, those with an iPad will be able to divide the screen to use multiple applications at the same time.

This is not a new feature by any stretch of the imagination, as some Samsung tablets, and the Microsoft Surface already offer this type of multitasking. The fact that the iPad lacks multitasking, was highlighted by Microsoft in some of its television commercials that compared Apple's tablet to the Surface. If you're wondering how this split-screen multitaking might work, check out the concept video, which is part of the video slideshow below.

According to the rumor, the split-screen feature would be available on full-sized, 9.7 inch iPads, and would work only in landscape orientation. Other new features expected for iOS 8 include the Healthbook app, which would give you a place to store all of the medical information and readings obtained by an Apple iWatch or other iOS devices. Also a possibility on the next iOS build, is a public transit feature for Apple Maps. But don't get too excited. There is talk that these new capabilities for iOS might have to be scrubbed until iOS 8.1.

We expect to see iOS 8 introduced on June 2nd, when WWDC 2014 opens.


source: 9to5Mac via TechCrunch

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posted on 13 May 2014, 11:05 2

1. clevercarlos (Posts: 11; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


seems like an awesome feature to have

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:52 3

17. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


right on and about time too...its high time all tablets of all platforms came with multitasking...good move.

that was a diplomatic reposne and now for some fun....ahem ahem....is it a bird...is it a plane....or is it an Apple iPad (Galaxy Note!)? :)

posted on 13 May 2014, 20:04

67. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2594; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


This will be awesome. Rumor has it that Apple is calling it "max" for maximum productivity.

posted on 13 May 2014, 21:13

72. sgodsell (Posts: 1051; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Google's next version of Android is suppose to have multi-window support as well.

posted on 13 May 2014, 14:02 16

46. mmmanuuu (Posts: 208; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Apple are the number one COPY CATS and when others do it they make so much of fuss about it. Such a disgusting company they are.

posted on 13 May 2014, 14:33 2

49. Salazzi (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


Samsung is. At the slightest rumor of Apple releasing something, Sammy rushes to release it first, even if its a half-assed crummy useless unfinished product. They have so many useless features and gimmicks all to try to show "they were there first". Like when it was rumored that Apple was gonna release a watch... bam, sammy releases one 6-12 months later. It's all about trying to create the perception that Apple is doing the copying when they're merely taking longer to bring their ideas to the public because they're polishing them.

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:28 4

55. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


And I guess...all...the other OEMs that have a watch..are copying Apple, right?

How about Moto hasnt released their yet too. Maybe other companies have better engineers.

posted on 13 May 2014, 20:44 2

69. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 840; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


How about pull down notification menu, or message light, larger screens, and finally multitasking.

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:38 6

56. TheGenius (Posts: 297; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


thats not called copying.. thats competence and urge to churn out the first product.

Where as this is blantly copying the famous and one of the most used feature of galaxy linup.

I wish samsung has some patents or something so that they can sue these cheatercocks.

posted on 13 May 2014, 19:11 2

65. joey_sfb (Posts: 2747; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


agree +1 Apple suck!

posted on 13 May 2014, 18:10 3

62. SPASE (Posts: 75; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Seriously, I didn't know apple rumoured the iwatch prior to 2009...
Samsung released the S9110 2009, which is a true watch phone.

posted on 13 May 2014, 19:08 3

64. joey_sfb (Posts: 2747; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


This comment really show what a clueless Apple fan you are. Samsung has been making phone well before Apple enter the phone market in 2007 and a lot of others stuff that Apple don't have.

In many ways Apple are rely on Samsung for parts to make their iDevices.

Apple fans are twice as annoying compare to other fans because they can't even get their facts straighten out.

posted on 14 May 2014, 06:11

77. babyk (Posts: 221; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


they should never allow these android features on apple

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:08 25

2. pwnarena (Posts: 842; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


samsung, prepare them lawyers!!!

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:13 5

3. HTCOE (Posts: 435; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


why would they need to prepare lawyers? i hope you dont think samsung invented multitasking.

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:19 17

5. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


split screen?

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:51 8

16. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 41; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


Microsoft has more claim to split screen multitasking than Samsung. Windows 7 offered this feature well ahead of the South Korean electronics giant.

posted on 13 May 2014, 12:54 2

35. iampayne (Posts: 231; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Your an idoit if you think Samsung was the first to use spilt screen. Xerox had this back in the 80s.

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:21 1

6. buccob (Posts: 1356; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Many years ago (around 2005) I had a Portable Media Player (and recorder) Archos AV500 (back when Archos was a premium brand)... and it had split screen multitasking

It allowed me to move, copy and paste files from one folder to another... from a camera or flash drive to the PMP or viceversa...

The Split Screen also allowed for a very easy Playlist creation, where the playlist would be in one side and the songs you where adding or looking for on the other window...

All of this right before the Touch screen craze... and it was miles ahead the iPod of the time.

I think Archos had some sort of copyright for that Split Screen multitasking...

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:37 18

11. Taters (Posts: 2664; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Hey if Apple can sue for swipe to unlock and bounce back. Samsung can sue for split screen if they have the right patents.

posted on 13 May 2014, 12:53 2

34. iampayne (Posts: 231; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


They can because no one was using the same methods on their devices which is the difference. Samsung uses a specific method that Im sure Apple will not use. If they do anything close to this mock up its nothing like what you can do on the Note Series. Please give it a break. People sue and lose everyday, Apple won because they were right that their method was specific so cry a river somewhere else.

posted on 13 May 2014, 14:36

50. Salazzi (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


Apple will make a more intuitive method to do so, and you can bet on that. And agreed, nobody said anything about specific features, otherwise Apple would have sued everyone else for simply making smartphones, or you'd have companies suing over notification centers or what have you. It's about whether a company is trying to imitate a specific method to do a process, and not the process itself.

posted on 13 May 2014, 19:38 2

66. willard12 (Posts: 734; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Yup. The same way Apple Maps was a more intuitive way to drive off a cliff. Apple takes its time to get it right. The purple haze in photos is supposed to be there, you're holding it wrong, ios 7, 7.01,7.02, 7.03, battery drain, recall on power buttons.....they take their time getting it right on the 4th try. But, getting it right doesn't quite explain the millions they make on Apple Care.

posted on 13 May 2014, 20:55 1

70. joey_sfb (Posts: 2747; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Wow! You make this Apple is more intuitive comment without actually using one.

That's the ultimate in ass kissing even for a Apple fan boy.

posted on 13 May 2014, 21:53

73. Salazzi (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


Ass kissing? no. Realist? Yes. Apple makes things more intuitive and that's a proven fact. They take the greatest care to make sure things are more "natural" (ex: swiping from left bezel, to the right, in order to go back a page). It feels more natural. If anyone is the fanboy, it's in fact you. You can't stand anything Apple, so you sit around and ridicule anything and everything it does. You're probably one of those morons who cried a river about how apple used a "large charger compared to androids micro USB" until Apple began implementing the lightning charger, where you then turned around and began crying a river about how Apple is only making a new charging cable so that the old ones are obsolete and so they can charge you for new ones. At the same time as you yell that Apple doesn't progress, when it does, you cry and moan about the progression was only done to rack in money (Do you honestly think android manufacturers make improvements as a charity case, and not for profit??)

posted on 14 May 2014, 11:13

78. joey_sfb (Posts: 2747; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Go back to your ass kissing role.

I bought iPad 1, iPad 2 and iPad 3. Three iPads and two MacBook pro.

It was great but Android catch on and its a better fit for the geek in me so I move on. Only Apple fans get struck in thinking that Apple owns everything.

With patent like slide to unlock and the relentless pursued on such law suit I wonder Apple would have time for anything else.

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:49 2

15. shiningstarrr (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 May 2014)


but samsung first invented multitasking (split screen) in mobiles.. apple is so dumb have no ideas left out with them and now started copying SAMSUNG features now !! they even copied health book from samsung !!!

posted on 13 May 2014, 12:03 1

23. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 41; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


I guess you didn't bother researching the subject, so why bother.

posted on 13 May 2014, 14:42 1

52. Salazzi (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


Actually, the moment even a word is uttered about "Apple planning something", Samsung rushes to try to release it first. It was first reported Apple is releasing an iWatch, and that Apple was going to have a health-centric approach with it's software and hardware, but Samsung rushed to release it first. In Samsungs eyes: hear Apple is releasing something -> rush a product that imitates this idea, even if it's crappy, to claim you were there first -> improve upon the crappy first release. The aim is to try and take away the positive view of Apple from the consumer market (and thus far, it's been relatively in vain). They try to make apple look over-priced, they try to make Apple look like it's copying. Basically, they're trying to blame Apple for THEIR actions.

posted on 13 May 2014, 22:06 1

74. Salazzi (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


Quite the ignorant comment. You Sammy fanboys completely ignored the statements made by Samsung executives themselves! They admitted that their entire business is based off of copying. First they copy a certain manufacturers product, then release a wide array of useless gimmicks, or jump on rumored competitors products and updates with the goal to release it before the original inventor or manufacturer does, in order to steal the market. This is on the record! They've admitted that that's all they've been doing for years and will be doing for the foreseeable future. But people such as yourself will blindly follow them foolishly just because of your irrational hate for Apple.

I have used Windows OS, iOS, Android OS, and regardless of what many say, Apple has one of the most polished, intuitive, simplistic and easily usable OS's of them all. I've had Samsung, HTC, LG G2, and currently on Moto X, so I do have extensive knowledge with the OS. From rooting, gaining superuser, flashing Roms, etc. Sadly I've only had the Lumia 928 for Windows OS but my initial positive impression faded as I began to delve more into it. It seemed clumped and compressed, was more difficult to spot the apps since its just an endless list of them, no notifications, etc. They've addressed plenty with 8.1 but have far to go. I'm still looking for a decent emoji keyboard on a device (it's far from standard on Android as is, with the emoji looking quite disgusting on the devices where it is supported) and more Apps, some of which are quite integral but that will be addressed in time I hope, seeing as I'm intending on purchasing the Icon within the week. As for iPhone I actually had the iPhone 4S, 5 and 5S, with the intention of getting the 6. I use whichever device services my needs in the best manner and thus far it has been mostly Apple. I do hold hope for Android and Windows OS to improve in key areas where Apple continues to dominate (I know some will say "hey! you can root it and get xxxx or download an app for that.. while strangely decrying apple for making you have to jailbreak or get an app to satisfy a basic smartphone need). I look forward to better products from all manufacturers alike and am excited for the rest of this year.

posted on 14 May 2014, 01:24 1

75. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2594; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Most people don't know that Samsung = Korean mafia. They are not exactly in the "innovation" business, just "copy, copy, copy and beat the opponent like a dog using every dirty trick in the book".

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:54 3

19. willard12 (Posts: 734; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Apple hasn't invented anything and that hasn't exactly stopped them.

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:25 3

8. techspace (Posts: 590; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Microsoft surface tablets also have split screen multitasking.

posted on 13 May 2014, 12:04 1

24. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 41; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


Had it first in recent history as well. Windows 7 had it for god sakes.

posted on 13 May 2014, 12:42

33. techspace (Posts: 590; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


I knew that...

posted on 13 May 2014, 18:02

61. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 41; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


I was merely adding to your comment, save your "..." for a troll.

posted on 13 May 2014, 14:09 2

47. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


No need to prepare lawyers....dont stoop to Apple's level.

But....even more proof that Apple arent the trend setters anymore...

posted on 14 May 2014, 03:55

76. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 911; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


aren't trend setters anymore ?
the iphone 5s with finger print scanner wants to have a word with you !

posted on 14 May 2014, 11:44

79. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


And the Motorola Atrix wants to have a word with you..

posted on 15 May 2014, 07:35

80. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 911; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


the atrix isn't a trend setter it's just the 1st phone with a fingerprint scanner

the ip5s on the other hand made it mainstream hence samsung rushing to put one on their phone within less then 6 month !

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:18 2

4. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3074; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I bet this will be a better implementation than samsung just because of app support.

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:36 9

9. wilsong17 (Posts: 812; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


What are you talking about I can split screen any apps on my note 3... drag and drop beside s pen for the win

posted on 13 May 2014, 13:24 3

40. Finalflash (Posts: 1581; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea, and app support for split screen on Apple anything right now is 0 and will likely stay that way until half a year after release. For that matter, this will be impossible with the "non-scaling" nature of iOS because having to dynamically shrink and enlarge UI elements is just not something it was designed to do.

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:37 4

10. wilsong17 (Posts: 812; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


What are you talking about I can split screen any apps on my note 3... drag and drop

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:57 1

20. willard12 (Posts: 734; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


"The implementation" is code language for "if Apple copies it, then it's okay. "

posted on 13 May 2014, 12:16 5

27. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 41; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


Translation: If Apple does anything, I don't support it. I am mentally unable to be objective about technology, because of my own ill conceived prejudices.

posted on 13 May 2014, 12:21 1

28. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I dont think it would, because only apps that have been updated to support it would have the functionality.

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:21 1

7. BattleBrat (Posts: 1057; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Glad they didnt rip off samsung or anything /s

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:38

12. brrunopt (Posts: 466; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


"and the Microsoft Surface already offer this type of multitasking. "

ANY windows tablet offers this type of multitasking, its an OS feature . Also windows was the first to bring this to tablets if i'm not mistaken...

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:19

54. techspace (Posts: 590; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


In tech sites like phonearena, most of the people aren't interested in knowing who is right, they only want to support for their favorite brand...and it's apple vs android all the time.

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:38 4

13. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Windows 8.1 FTW

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:49 1

14. kryme (Posts: 137; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


very innovative....

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:54 1

18. 14545 (Posts: 1100; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Wait, I thought that Samsung was the only one to copy.

Where 96 and sauce? Care to explain?

posted on 13 May 2014, 11:57 4

21. mayur007 (Posts: 384; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


apple copycat ... copying samsung ....

posted on 13 May 2014, 12:01 2

22. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 41; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


If anybody lays claim to split screen multi-tasking on a mobile device, it is Microsoft. It isn't about someone using multi-tasking, it is about how it is implemented. You can rest assure that Apple takes its time making sure their device hardware and software is up to code regarding patents and royalty pay outs. You can also be sure, that app support will also be better for such a feature.

posted on 13 May 2014, 12:05

25. 14545 (Posts: 1100; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


You mean like they did with Facetime?

posted on 13 May 2014, 12:31 2

31. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 41; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


That suit was merely an oversight that any company could make. VirnetX is a patent holding company. They have also sued Microsoft, Cisco, Aastra, Mitel, NEC, and Siemens, and Avaya. This illustrates that large companies make mistakes and, if I remember correctly, they paid VirnetX $330m and were not issued cease and desist on product sales due to the boundaries of the patents in question.

posted on 13 May 2014, 13:14 1

38. 14545 (Posts: 1100; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Oh, that's only the first suit. Did you miss the latest patent battle with Samsung?

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Jury-in-Apple-Samsung-trial-makes-corrections-to-verdict-documents-leaves-damages-unchanged_id55839

So, in summary, that is twice that they have been slapped on the wrist for "theft", as apple puts it. It illustrates that while all companies make mistakes, apple demands to be compensated the most for trivial crap. Note, I'm not a samsung fanboy. I currently use a Maxx(2013), and have only used one samsung phone in the past. The S4. I'm just saying, apple, and their fanboys pretend that apple doesn't do this and only other OEMs do.

posted on 13 May 2014, 18:17

63. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 41; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


I am pretty sure we were discussing Apple being sued, not the other way around. The patent litigation with Samsung has been happening for years now. We don't need to cover the grounds of lawsuits that have been ongoing for over 3 years. And to be fair, Apple had some causality for the lawsuits filed. I am not saying their wasn't some frivolous claims, but some held merit. Also, I use a BlackBerry Z10, iPad Air, and an HP laptop, so I'm a little all over the place.

posted on 13 May 2014, 12:13 4

26. eman99 (Posts: 212; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


bad apple bad

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