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The rumored iOS 8 split-screen multitasking for the iPad gets a video demo

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The rumored iOS 8 split-screen multitasking for the iPad gets a video demo
One of the rumored iOS 8 features that didn't materialize was split-screen multitasking, but word on the grapevine is that it will get announced together with a new iPad in the fall. It makes much more sense for the larger tablet display than on a puny phone screen anyway, so there might be merits to this speculation.

In fact, developer Steve Troughton-Smith found hidden references in the iOS 8 code which hint that split-screen multitasking is in the works. According to him, the Springboard iOS homescreen launcher has programming lines that mention "main-screen-canvas-sizes", essentially indicating how two apps can run side-by-side, sharing the iPad's screen. Apparently, at the moment the code already allows for each app to take up half the screen, or one to use a quarter of the display, and the screen that has two side-by-side apps will appear as one item in the running apps menu. 

The developer even dug out the specific sizes for each option: 1/4 screen being about 341pt, 1/2 screen as 512pt, 3/4 screen as about 682pt in width, and the expected 1024pt as fullscreen. The windows would, naturally, be resizable, so you can snap them in the ratios listed. If you have been wondering how all of this might look in practice, Steve Troughton-Smith has now created a video demo that takes advantage of the existing iOS 8 code to resize an app in the preset dimensions for split-screen multitasking that are evidently already embedded in the code. Check it out, and imagine a second app running at the empty space left on the screen while he does the resizings.

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posted on 12 Jun 2014, 04:13 2

1. vincelongman (Posts: 1056; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Cool, good job Apple

Hopefully Google put this in stock Android
This is better than their current 'draw on top' in some cases

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 11:43 2

19. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


"Cool, good job Apple"?????

iThought Multitasking was supposedly useless; iGuess it's REVOLUTIONARY when it's iMultiTasking (on a much smaller screen)!

Samsung should sue the crap out of k r. Apple!!!

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 04:22 4

2. uchihakurtz (Posts: 234; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I don't know how this gesture will work since there needs to be an app on the background I guess? iOS is getting fiercer if this is implemented correctly. I do hope Google competes with this on the upcoming I/O, otherwise, meh... Time to try out other platforms.

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 05:22

12. Finalflash (Posts: 1594; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


This will probably be only available to Apple apps only until next year. Apple apps have backgrounding permission so that likely won't be an issue.

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 04:24

3. fzacek (Posts: 1445; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


This is a completely innovative and revolutionary feature :D

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 08:44

16. o7o (Posts: 56; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


It's already a 2-year old feature of Windows 8/8.1..

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 04:25 1

4. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1900; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


If this feature is coming to iPad, then Apple, shut up, take my money and give me an iPad! :D

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 04:32 5

6. sip1995 (Posts: 777; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Or you can buy a Windows tablet that you can you up to 4 apps running on the screen.

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 04:36

8. vincelongman (Posts: 1056; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Better yet get a Windows 8.1 tablet/hybrid/ultrabook or MacBook Air with proper x86 programs with the best multitasking

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 04:42 2

10. boosook (Posts: 950; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Exactly, or a Samsung. With iOS 8 Apple is implementing tons of featurs already existing in Android, WP etc... notification center, interactive notifications, widgets, split screen, animated backgrounds... plus what they've already added in iOS 7.
I wonder if they'll keep suing Samsung and Google after iOS 8 is released...

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 04:49 2

11. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1900; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I'd get a Surface Pro 3 any day over any tablet. But I can't afford a SP3. Not that it's expensive or "overpriced" as some trolls may say, but my budget isn't that high. And under the money I can shell out, the iPad 4 is the best option. I don't want another Android tablet, since I had a horrid experience with the Nexus 7 (2012). Plus, if I buy an iPad, I can keep my Windows 8.1 totting Samsung laptop, so I can get the best of both worlds.

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 04:28

5. nlbates66 (Posts: 284; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


suppose they're just getting the litigation team ready -.-

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 04:35 2

7. FingerMyApple (unregistered)


the power of 3rd party apps and open OS :)

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 08:39 1

14. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


In short, BUGS!

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 04:36 2

9. imej88 (unregistered)


good way to convince Google to start implementing this feature. Love the Multi-Window feature on my Note 2.

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 06:03 2

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 10568; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Good job apple, this will take the iPad to a higher level. Do you have MS's permission?

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 13:38

20. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


'Permission'???? Almost choked on my morning coffee. Apple doesn't ask, they just "borrow" (much like Bernie Madoff) and then claim it on a napkin.

You know, after they legalized all that cannabis in Nevada, your posts have gotten just ridiculously buttheaded.

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 14:26 1

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 10568; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Not interested in the dumb comments. Post that to Arte.

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 08:43

15. o7o (Posts: 56; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


Do people realize this is already a feature of Windows 8/8.1 tablets out there? Cuz comments seem to be ignorant of that and think of Apple as the one who innovated this idea!

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 08:52

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 10568; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Hush dude, we know they didn't invent this.

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 09:40

18. BattleBrat (Posts: 1062; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Android has had full on resizable windows for years through apps for years!

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 14:52

22. fzacek (Posts: 1445; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


If Google implements this feature in Android, Apple will sue them and claim that it was their innovation. So Google better act fast...

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 16:46

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 10568; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Talk tech sometimes, that's gotten old man.

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 16:51

24. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1900; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Now you can't expect tech related talks from fandroids can you?
Btw, which is a better buy at this point in time, an iPad 4 or an iPad mini with retina display?

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 18:50

25. joey_sfb (Posts: 2780; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Why would anyone buy an iPad 4 over iPad mini with retina?

Its either Air or mini with retina, plus a two months wait will get you Air 2 or mini 2 with retina.

posted on 12 Jun 2014, 22:32

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 10568; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Mini with retina. I have one, better in the hand, and more powerful. It'll also be supported longer dude to the A7. Sorry for the late response.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 12:13

27. rangoj (Posts: 18; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


Now IOS will start to lag :P

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