Split-screen multitasking was an unsung hero at Apple’s WWDC 2014 announcement – but it’s still coming.
Apple just announced iOS 8 a little over a week ago, and we all know what happens after the big announcement: Apple developers get their hands on the latest and greatest (in early testing modes).
Apple didn’t announce that iOS 8 would feature split-screen multitasking, but it’s still there.
The announcement comes by way of Apple developer Steve Troughton, who made the statement on his Twitter wall yesterday: “So…just in case there was any doubt left…iOS 8’s SpringBoard has code to run two apps side by side. 1/4 size, 1/2 size, or 3/4 size.”
This confirms the rumor that surfaced weeks ago, but there’s more: while Apple intends to implement split-screen multitasking in iOS 8, the company intends to have two apps interact with each other by providing drag-and-drop capabilities for apps into both sides of the screen when the function is activated. In this regard, Apple’s split-screen experience for the iPad will match the same feature found in Windows OS as well as on Samsung’s Galaxy tablets (known as “multi-window mode”).
iOS 8 looks to provide some new features to iOS, such as the addition of third-party keyboard choices, Health and HealthKit apps for medical information, a predictive keyboard, improved iMessages for group messages, family sharing that allows family apps to appear on all devices, iCloud Drive, and a Handoff feature that allows interchangeability between all Apple devices (whether you switch work from a Mac to an iPad, iPhone, or vice versa). iOS 8 will be free and available this Fall for download for iPhones 4S, 5 and 5s, iPad 3, 4, Air, and iPad Mini 1 and 2.