While Apple was widely expected to introduce split-screen multitasking for iPads on iOS 8, it did not announce the feature at WWDC earlier this month. That however doesn t mean this feature is dead, and developer Steven Troughton-Smith tweeted about a hidden code in iOS 8 that will let you run two apps side-by-side. Also Read - iOS 15.1 update now available: How to download on your iPhone, new features and upgrades
According to the developer, the code is hidden in Springboard, an application that manages the iOS home screen. The multitasking feature will let apps run side-by-side in three different sizes a fourth of full size, half of full size and three-fourths of full size.
We first heard about the possibility of split-screen multitasking on iPads last month and Apple was expected to show it at WWDC. But even if the company didn t talk about the feature, doesn t mean it won t arrive on the iPads. Chances are when iOS 8 releases for everyone in September, this feature will already be included in the final release.
Microsoft has long touted the multitasking feature on Windows 8 as a major advantage for tablets running on its OS. The company s ad campaigns have also hit out at iPads lack of real multitasking abilities, and this looks like Apple s answer to those jibes. Samsung too has had split screen experience in its Android tablets and phablets for quite a while now.
It will be interesting to see how Apple implements this functionality. It will surely be welcomed by iPad users and would be a useful feature on Apple s rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro. According to a recent market research, while iPads continued to dominate the tablet market, Samsung is catching up fast. This feature would go a long way in improving the functionality of iPads and thereby make iOS 8 a bigger threat for Android and Windows.
In addition to the split-screen multitasking, there were quite a few interesting features Apple showcased on stage at WWDC 2014, and many other features like lock screen contextual app notifications and credit card scanning on Safari, which developers have found in the beta version of iOS 8.