iPad users who want be able to run two apps side-by side have reason for optimism.
A rumor surfaced last month that this feature will be a hallmark of iOS 8, but when Apple’s preview of this upcoming operating system version came and went at its developers’s conference a few weeks ago without any mention of split-screen multitasking, many judged that the rumor must have been either mistaken or a hoax.
Troughton-Smith said via Twitter:
“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.”
If true, this change would give iPads multitasking functionality similar to Microsoft Windows 8 and Samsung’s Android tablets, allowing users to have a web browser and an email open simultaneously, or modify a Word document while taking parking part in a video chat session.
There are several possible reasons why Apple might have this feature in development but not show it during the iOS 8 preview. It simply might not have been ready to demonstrate. Or Apple could be holding its announcment back until this fall, when it is expected to unveil the iPad Air 2.
A recent TabletPCReview editorial discussed this topic: Split-Screen Multitasking for the iPad in iOS 8 Would Be a Gamechanger