When Apple unveiled iOS 8 at WWDC earlier this month it did not reveal all the new features in the OS. One of these “hidden” features was a split screen mode for the iPad, which will enable users to run multiple apps at the same time. Now 9to5 Mac has posted a video made by developer Steven Troughton-Smith which shows the split screen feature in action. He hacked the iOS 8 iPad simulator to somehow operate the feature. He has not yet completely unlocked the simulator to reveal two different apps running on a single window, however his video highlights how Apple s Safari works on half the screen, while the other half remains blank for another app. Also Read - iOS 4 is now available again on modern iPhones, complete with Home button: How to get it
While introducing its latest iOS 8 version at the WWDC, Apple did not showcase the spilt screen feature, however developers had spotted some code references to the feature in the iOS 8 Software Development Kit. The feature is similar to what Microsoft already offers in Windows 8 onwards and Samsung too has offered this feature for a while now on its phablets and tablets.
As a part of this feature, the primary app will be adjusted on 3/4 of the display while secondary app will take up the 1/4 or vice-a-versa. Apple will ship iOS 8 in a few months, however there is no concrete information on whether this split-screen iPad multitasking feature will be introduced as a part of iOS 8 or will be saved for later versions of iOS. There also is a possibility that Apple might just scrap off the feature.
Check out the video below to see it in action.