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

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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27 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5592; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Cool, good job Apple Hopefully Google put this in stock Android This is better than their current 'draw on top' in some cases

19. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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!!!

2. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

3. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

This is a completely innovative and revolutionary feature :D

16. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

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

4. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

6. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5592; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

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

10. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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...

11. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

5. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

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

7. FingerMyApple unregistered

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

14. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

In short, BUGS!

9. imej88 unregistered

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

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30722; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

20. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30722; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

15. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 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!

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30722; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

18. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

22. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30722; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Talk tech sometimes, that's gotten old man.

24. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 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?

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 30722; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

27. rangoj

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Now IOS will start to lag :P

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