It's early, but it works
A couple of days ago we reported that popular iOS developer Steven Troughton-Smith had uncovered evidence that iOS 8 beta build released at WWDC last week does indeed include the ability to split-screen multitask applications on compatible devices (note: iPads), despite a lack of confirmation from Apple itself nor any obvious way to enable the functionality. But today we’re getting our first look at the functionality as Mr. Troughton-Smith has managed to unlock the hidden capability, posting a video of what it looks like on YouTube.
The video, seen above, was captured from Mr. Troughton-Smith’s Macintosh Mac and enabled on iOS 8 beta 1 running on the iOS Simulator – that means to say, not honest to goodness iPad hardware just yet. What we’re looking at here is an incredibly early look at a clearly unfinished feature.
Apple likely never intended for us to know this was in the works just yet, as it appears that the feature is still fairly early in development. In the video, we see Safari running on a simulated version of the iPad hardware being dynamically resized via a two-finger swipe gesture.
As for how he did it, Steven tweeted the following: “I had to byte-patch UIKit to turn that on. It checks for an Internal install and also the titular plist key in com.apple.UIKit.”
Source: Steven Troughton-Smith (YouTube)