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It's early, but it works

Here’s your first look at iOS 8’s hidden split-screen multitasking (Video!)




ipadmini-2-retinaA 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.”

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Source: Steven Troughton-Smith (YouTube)


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)