The rumors were true... kind of

iOS 8 includes hidden support for Split-Screen Multitasking on iPad




Going into WWDC last week, one of the biggest rumors regarding what to expect in iOS 8 included Split-Screen Multitasking support on the iPad, a la how Microsoft multitasks applications on Windows 8.1 and Windows RT. Though we didn’t expect to see such a feature going into WWDC – and indeed, Apple hasn’t mentioned the inclusion of such functionality nor does it seem to be present on iOS 8 Beta 1, enterprising developer Steven Troughton-Smith has discovered that iOS 8 beta 1’s application launcher actually does include hidden support for split-screen multitasking, specifically allowing users to run two applications on the screen at once in multiple sizes – 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4.

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Though the functionality appears to be disabled at the moment, that means that Apple actually is considering launching support for the feature at some point in the future, likely sooner rather than later. It isn’t at the moment directly obvious if such functionality will make it into the final iOS 8 release, or if Apple is saving it for a future release, such as iOS 8.1 – and that’s if it’ll make it at all.

Split-Screen Multitasking would likely be limited to the iPad Air initially, however Apple is rumored to be launching a so called iPad Pro option which would be the perfect fit for such a feature. Due to the  smaller screen size, it seems somewhat less like that Apple would be bringing the functionality to the company’s iPad mini line of devices.

No word yet on if there’s any way to unlock this hidden nugget of functionality, but if there is we’ll let you know.

Via: MacRumors
Source: Steven Troughton-Smith (Twitter)


  • Michael Kaefer

    iOS 8.1…number 8…8.1…split screen apps…lots of copying…

    • Thom

      You’re crazy if you think the version numbers being alike is any more than coincidence.

      • Michael Kaefer

        It is a coincidence. I didn’t say they’re copying the numbers. They are just taking all of Microsoft’s main UI points. It’s just funny how it’s 8/8.1