Apple’s iOS 8 update rumoured to bring true split-screen multitasking to the iPad

Daniel Bader

May 13, 2014 3:59pm

The staggering rise, and relative easing, of the iPad has been extraordinary. Apple has sold hundreds of millions of tablets since it the original debuted in early 2010, but one of the criticisms continually lobbed against the sandboxed iOS platform is that it does not support true multitasking.

According to a credible source at 9to5Mac, that is about to change. iOS 8, destined to be announced in the coming weeks at WWDC, will reportedly debut two-pane multitasking on modern iPads, likely the iPad 4, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina. Apple is likely to release an accompanying API for developers to add cross-app functionality, something that has proven to be tricky in its current form.ipad7

Though marketed as a post-PC product, the iPad has not quite dislodged the PC from its place as a productivity powerhouse. Apple’s own MacBook line continues to be the preferred way to accomplish highly complex tasks, as the operating system was designed to allow apps to freely share data. Even with the App Store’s own sandboxing limitations implemented to prevent security breaches, OS X continues to be far more capable for content creation than its single-screen iOS counterpart.

Samsung has implemented a similar system across Android, subbed Multi Windows, growing it into a mini ecosystem of cooperative apps. For example, it’s possible to drag a photo from the Android gallery into a chat app to quickly share it with a contact. While Android wasn’t explicitly designed for such interactions, either, its open nature makes it far easier to develop such capabilities.

iOS, on the other hand, is steadfastly controlled and maintained by Apple itself, so any multitasking changes would have to come from changes made to the framework of the operating system. Implementing a two-pane multitasking system, which would allow two apps to run simultaneously side by side and share some data, would go a long way to appeasing the naysayers accusing iOS of being a more limited operating system than Android, OS X and Windows.

Source9to5Mac

  • icyhotonmynuts

    Apple, late to the multitasking party again.

    • icyhotonmynuts

      I remember when Apple’s copy paste came out. All the rage. Except I had it on my Sony Ericsson s710 3 years before Apple “invented” it.

      I also had multi tasking on it. But whatever, already came here to say what I had to say. I’ll check out that YouTube later though, thanks for the suggestion.

    • MikeOxlong

      And I had copy/paste on my treo and iPAQ before android/iOS were even around. Big f’n deal. Get over it. Brad is right though, copy/pasting sucked hard until apple showed the way on capacitive screens.

    • Detroit Velvet Smooth

      Ok but how will Apple make split-screen multitasking better then Samsung has? Frankly the only big issue with Samsungs version is the lack of support for different/more Apps. The function itself is fine and i don’t see Apple making it any better.

    • MikeOxlong

      We won’t know until they release it, will we?

    • Joseph

      I will have to agree with you on that but wait do I hear another lawsuit brewing between Samsung and Apple…..dun dun dun

    • WatDah

      You’re reacting too hard to rumors. Just like 99% of all other people here.

    • icyhotonmynuts

      There are apps in the Android play store that allows multiple on screen apps. Also, if you root your Samsung device that already supports split screen multitasking you can add whatever app to the list you want to split screen.

    • simpleton

      fandroid android fan bois are worried

    • icyhotonmynuts

      About what?

  • cynical1nsk

    They’re copying Samsung! Quick…somebody call a lawyer. No doubt they will make a big deal out of it and call it an Apple innovation and act like they thought of it first like they always do.

    • icyhotonmynuts

      Jobs is dead. He was the front runner on “thermonuclear” financial revenge. So don’t expect such ballsy economical tactics from the new guy.

  • Jesus McDongswoggle

    Why can’t we all just get along? Somebody please think of the children!

  • Jiro G.

    I see what you did there

  • Christopher Robert

    Apple always coming up with new software solution first. Good thing they patented this idea because, now they can sue Samsung for having this technology for years. Lets see the first device to do this in the same fashion was the Note 2 (i Believe) so that means Apple can sue Samsung for 2 years worth of revenue, probably worth like 200 billion dollars right?

    At least that’s how apple lawyers do math.

    This is a win, WIN, for Samsung. If they choose they could take Apple to court over this and probably win big. If they choose not to take Apple to court over this they make Apple look even worse for being a patent troll. And no matter what happens they can come out with adds that bash Apple for being 2 years behind technologically. (Which most people realize already unless they don’t know anything about tech).

    That doesn’t even count the fact that there is no way their version of multitasking will even begin to compete with what you can do on the new 12.1 in. Note PRO.

    For those of you who still don’t believe that Apple lost their ability to innovate, “I got a feeling Apple is going to prove it to you this year”. First they will copy multitasking, then they will copy 5in+ screens. Copying is not innovating.

  • Mo Dabbas

    Wouldn’t this need more ram space requirements??
    While the next ipad air and mini can possibly be equipped with 2Gb of ram, how would the older models (with 1Gb and 512mb of ram) work this out without sacrificing performance?

    • Victor_Creed

      Like every other release with Apple, it Will be a feature only available on the iPad air S or whatever they call their newest overpriced PoS.

  • MXH070

    Seriously ” True multi tasking” cannot be added to a sentence with Apple/iOS.

    • MikeOxlong

      Yawn. Derpa derp.

  • PT

    ” iOS platform is that it does not support true multitasking.”

    Welcome to 2010 crapple!

  • Detroit Velvet Smooth

    kinda ironic don’t you think though? Apple will intro this right alongside its lawsuit against Samsung for copying ideas.

  • TP

    You guys talking about split-screen multitasking without Windows 8 tablets? They are the best in terms of split-screen. Go experience one, then Samsung’s is a joke.

  • aguy

    Fake. Can you imagine sheep trying to figure out how to navigate through the multi-window UI? A single home button is difficult enough for most of them.