Surprise! Apple's iOS 9 will come with a split-screen, multi-tasking feature on board

Surprise! Apple's iOS 9 will come with a split-screen, multi-tasking feature on board
Just as it was speculated, iOS 9 scored a multi-tasking, split-view feature that allows iFans to benefit from this poweruser-friendly feature on their iPads. 

First of all, there is a new task switcher on board that makes it easier to switch between your running apps. Of course, just like the app switcher we're all used to, the new one gets launched by a double-tap of the home button. When it comes to switching between apps, users will be able to do so thanks to a new feature dubbed "Slide Over"; you make use of it by swiping from the right, which will bring a second app in a split screen view, which is naturally called "Split View".

Afterwards, you can pull down from the top of your screen and switch between your apps. If they wish, users can interact with both apps simultaneously and make use of the devices' multi-touch feature. This feature in particular got demonstrated on an iPad, but here's to hoping that upcoming iPhones will also score it. 

iOS 9 users will also get to watch pop-up videos on top of other apps, provided that certain conditions have been met. For example, if you're watching a video in fullscreen mode and you receive a notification about an incoming message, tapping on the message will open up the messaging app, but the video won't get paused - instead, it will continue playback in a movable pop-up window, while Messages will go into fullscreen mode. This feature will be only available on the iPad Air 2, due to its RAM capabilities.

Think of picture-in-picture, but on mobile. You can also mute the video and continue your interaction with the Messages app while the video continues to play, but sans sound, mind you.



1. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Multitasking done right. Although TouchWiz's recent multitasking simplicity updates for the s6 are pretty good too.

3. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Hahahaha finally the copied it. Welcome to 2015 iFans lolzz

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

@ AnTuTu next thing we know Apple patents and then sues Samsung for more millions of dollars. How pathetic can Apple get?

19. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

lol you completely made up a story and then insulted apple fans. Weirdo.

6. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1362; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Could not disagree more? How is this done right?

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How so. How exactly is it done right? Have you even used it yet? because I used Apple's one handed mode on the 6+ and its not done right. How you know this is done right? Oh, because Samsung did it first and it works and Apple has copied, is that how its right?

49. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

I thought one handed mode on the 6 Plus was better than the Note 4 because it was "easier to access?" Just kidding! Any Note 3 or 4 user will tell you that one handed mode on the iPhone 6 Plus is crap.

45. waddup121 unregistered


2. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Wow! That's amazing! Incredible to see the nonstop innovation from Apple!!!!!!!! This changes everything again, again.

4. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Indeed LMAO

5. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1362; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Welcome addition. It is about time. Now before anyone gets in a tissy fit this is nothing new other OEMs have been doing this for the longest and I hope apple users don't jump off and say Apple invented this and how cool it is because when other OEMs showed this abilities it was said " oh how gimmicky" now that Apple has implemented it is it still a Gimmick now ?

7. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1362; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

To late I see.

9. zelase

Posts: 59; Member since: Apr 20, 2014

Now Apple COPIED!!

8. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

And only took them 3 years to copy this from Windows.. not bad .. Apple stategy is very simples . Let other do the work and wait to see what works and what doesnt and then copy it..

10. zelase

Posts: 59; Member since: Apr 20, 2014

Yeah !!

11. bestman2179

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

Yawn!!! They finally innovated" how to catch up" to what's been available over 3 years now. welcome to 2015 Apple. Here comes those i-sheep comments below......

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'm surprise I don't see MXY cheering for this copied featured

12. cyber_dna

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Apple always innovates and never copies

13. waqarzec

Posts: 77; Member since: May 09, 2013

slowly slowly they are bringing all those things which android brought almost years ago

14. mawi2013

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

To be fair its only really used on Samsung phones not all android devices

16. zelase

Posts: 59; Member since: Apr 20, 2014

That mean apple copies samsung........

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Even Sammy was late compared to others

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Late compared to who? Multi-window would have been stupid on small phones. Samsung put this feature on the Note, to give it distinction against the Tab. But the Tab should have had multi-window from day one and it didn't. But at least they had it. In order to offer this feature, you need an option worth makign ti happen on. I will say, the first iPad and the first Samsung Galaxy Tab both should have had this feature from day one. But at least with Samsung we didnt have to wait 5 years for it. The first iPad was out in 2010. Samsung outted the Note 10.1 in 2012. See the different? Samsung did thsi 3 years ago. Wy did Apple scoff at it only to make the same thing almost another 3 years later. Steve Jobs was not as smart as many of you give him credit for. He had vision of grandeur because most of the time he was high off drugs. Once he stop doing drugs, he no longer had vision. He scoffed, large phones, he scoff having 3rd party apps, he scoffed tablets sizes and more.Yet all we're very successful.

50. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Lovely novel....I am not talking about arm based os's here though. Only when ARM got more powerful did it start to do this. Which is great. I wish my 1520 at times had split screen at times. Like the Nav9 back in 2010.

23. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Try before android, android is playing catchup with other 'real users' of larger than phone devices. Imo of course.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Android didnt bring Multi-Windowed features to Android. Samsung brought it to their Galaxy devices via TouchWiz. Like Apple's iOS, Android and iOS both had the ability of windowing apps deactivated. Why? I don't know, but I have an idea so see if anyone here can understand by reasoning. Unlike the powerful intel chips that run Windows and macs, ARM's early processors simply didn't have the power to handle multiple windows. Example, many of the early smartphones were using CPU's that were only has fast as 528Mhz. This was true of the Blackberry Storm and also HTC Touch Pro 2. Now, even though Intel chips at this speed could handle multiple windows, ARM likely could not. In fact, if you look at Samsung's devices, it was the Note that first offered this capability via TouchWiz. At this point, CPU were just passing 1GHz clocks and possessed dualcores. In order to pull off windowing apps, you need a fast CPU, a fast CPU and extra RAM. Apple's applications have been forced to run with 512MB of RAM or less as the OS itself uses the other 512MB. This windowing apps was impossible with low RAM. However, either Apple was afraid the first ipad was goign to be a flop, or Steve Jobs is stupid. Windows Tablets possessed the capability of using more than one window, even the first Surface offered this. Why not the iPad? Here is what is stupdid for both Apple and Google equally. iOS is based off Mac OS X, while Android is a Linux based variant. Both operating system support windowing apps in their code. Why was this deactivated? Why didnt both Apple and Google make devices from the beginning that supported such? I mean, couldn't they have made the devices with better chips sooner than this? I mean dualcore chips have been available since 2008. So certainly the first iPad should have had this ability. Now Androdi beign NIX'd based has this too, again why did Google deactivate this feature? Samsung added this to Galaxy devices via TouchWiz because Samsung pretty much doesn't touch the Android code much. All of the features on Galaxy devices including the launcher is part of the TouchWiz layer/Skin. Such features work better from the OS layer. TW is laggy as it was back then, not so much now all because of these features that on the OS level simply wasn't available. Why did both company's take us back to the stone ages with their ARM devices when their Intel devices all have such features? Was it to milk us again to get the same stuff so they can make money? THINK ABOUT IT!

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22435; Member since: May 28, 2014

A welcome feature to iOS users. Definitely something that I welcome on my new 6 plus, although the feature that's only capable on the iPad Air 2 (watching pop up videos on top of other apps), is much like the way BB10 multitasks. Very welcome, indeed.

20. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I don't think someone who just uses their phone for social media and texting while driving is exactly a 'power user'. They keep copying Android products. I just don't see why Google don't yank all google products from them especially YouTube and maps. F them.

21. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Split screen along with multi screen!!! Wow! That's what I call revolutionary. Take that Samsung. Hope you can copy it in Note 5.

37. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why do I need multi-screen? On Samsung devices I can have plit windows and I can open other apps on top of those. Samsung doesn't need to copy. Samsung is the real innovator. Taking someone elses' idea and simply adding something they didn't do, isn't an innovation, its just an evolution.

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