multitasking screen

Back in May it was reported that Apple was working on a new split-screen multitasking feature for iOS 8. Designed specifically for the iPad, the feature was said to allow two applications to run side-by-side simultaneously while the tablet was in landscape mode.

But as expected, Apple’s WWDC keynote came and went without mention of the split-screen feature, so we have yet to see it in action. That changes tonight, however, as a new video has been posted that shows the feature running in the iOS 8 iPad Simulator…

The video comes from developer Steven Troughton-Smith, via 9to5Mac, who was able to hack the iOS 8 iPad Simulator to make the split-screen function partially work. The clip doesn’t show all side-by-side functionality, but it gives us a fair idea of how it works.

Note that the feature allows the screen to be adjusted for apps to either take up 1/4 or 3/4 of the display—similar to the way the Microsoft Surface works. It’s unclear if users will be able to size apps with a two finger swipe-gesture, but that’s how it’s being tested.

The code for running side-by-side apps was discovered within the inaugural iOS 8 beta, again by Troughton-Smith, a few days ago. The software update is expected to be released to the public sometime this fall, but there’s no word on if this feature will be ready in time.

  • coLin

    It’s about time, Apple!

  • ClaudieX X

    My god… its about time !!!

  • AMB_07

    I really think they should include this in the iPad Mini as well. This feature works decently on my GS3 so on a iPad Mini it should be excellent.

    • BoardDWorld

      It will work on all iPads that can support it without effecting the overall experience, if they use the feature.

      • AMB_07

        I’m confident that it would, but I’m just saying this because rumours would have it that only the iPad Air and the mystical iPad Pro will support this feature

      • ClaudieX X

        naaaaaaaaaa, don’t kill my expectations

      • Matt Taylor

        If that’s true, when a Jailbreak comes, it will be enabled on the mini as well…

  • ClaudieX X

    I think that if everybody write “IT’S ABOUT TIME” is not enough for all the wait we had…

  • Matt


  • Kurt

    We need it in portrait mode as well. Hope the rumor of being only in landscape is wrong. Portrait mode is so useful on my Note 3, it would be useful on the ipad too (and iphone)

  • @dongiuj

    What the hell was that?

    • Matt Taylor

      I know right… Where was the secondary app lol

  • Matt Taylor

    Well Apple, you’re finally catching up with Microsoft, though you still have some way to go by the looks of it!

    • gfgfsgf

      LOL thats why microsoft still developing phone with windows 8.
      This called a demo. Apple beats most companies with design

  • benjy

    No need for gestures, double click and screen divide in 2, your current app and the multitask layout. Simple as that. Lllet me know what you think in the comment section 😉

    • Ethan Humphrey

      I’m not sure i understand the image or what you’re saying, can you rephrase that?

      • Guest

        Here i eplain myself 🙂

      • benjy

        Here i explain myself 🙂

      • Ethan Humphrey

        i get it now

  • James Gunaca

    I think this looks good (for a demo of a not yet fully-baked feature). It will appease the nay-sayers (and people who actually desire this function) but if you don’t like it you don’t have to use it.

  • gittlopctbi

    The video was disappointing. Didn’t show two actual apps on the screen.