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Apple is developing not one, but two new twelve-inch iPad models, codenamed “J98” and “J99”. Also, the firm’s doubled down on advancing productivity aspects of iOS with a much-needed dual-app multitasking mode and support for multiple users in iOS 9, a report Thursday by 9to5Mac alleged.

The same publication originally claimed side-by-side multitasking would debut in iOS 8 with the iPad Air back in 2014 so take today’s story with a grain of salt.

“Sources now say that Apple plans to show off the side-by-side feature for iOS 9 using currently available iPad models,” the article states.

Split-screen multitasking should be formally announced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference next month, with multi-user support reportedly slated to arrive later this year alongside new iPads.

The split-screen multitasking mode is said to support 1/2, 1/3 and 2/3 views, depending on the apps. It’ll display either two different apps side-by-side, or multiple views of the same app.

“This would enable iPad users to see two separate Safari tabs, or compare a pair of Pages documents at the same time,” author Mark Gurman speculates.

Even though it allegedly works with current iPads, the feature was apparently conceived with a rumored 12-inch iPad in mind. Here’s one artist’s concept of split-screen multitasking.

Dual-app support is amongst key productivity features of the Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro devices that help set apart Microsoft’s tablet lineup from iPads.

Speaking of which, Gurman has learned from unnamed sources that 12-inch iPads are basically larger versions of the existing iPad Air 2, “save for additional speaker holes.”

Other features exclusive to larger iPads are being considered, too, including a revamped Siri and Notification Center.

As for the “J98″ and “J99” code names, one likely denotes a Wi-Fi-only model and the other a Wi-Fi + Cellular one. The report stops short of providing an exact timeframe for the device’s release.

In detailing multi-user support, Gurman writes that the feature should expectedly let multiple users maintain individual settings and user profiles on a single device, so that each has access solely to their own apps, documents and media.

The report cautions this capability has been pushed back from its planned WWDC debut and is unlikely to be ready for iOS 9 this fall. Reportedly, multi-user support could make a debut “later this year” or “next year”.

Split-screen multitasking and multi-user logins are two distinct capabilities iPad users have been craving for since the tablet’s inception five years ago. If both features make their way into iOS 9, the software will be a worthwhile upgrade from a productivity standpoint, don’t you think?

Source: 9to5Mac

  • SMH

    12′ iPad + iOS 9 = Fail

    • Jason Baroni

      Stop it, please. You haven’t even seen the products you are talking about, bro

      • SMH

        It doesn’t matter, I don’t need to set myself on fire to know that it hurts like hell either. If it ain’t OS X (desktop capabilities) then it’s fail.

      • iPhoneWINS

        yeah we don’t need another boring iPad with the same IOS

      • Jason Baroni

        Yes, yes. Just like the iPod, iPhone, iPad and the Apple Watch were about to be failures from Apple.

      • SMH

        FACEDESK. ^ Is this guy for real?

      • Rowan09

        When it’s selling for the same price as a MacBook Pro will you buy one?

      • Blip dude

        Not trying to sound like a troll/smart ass, but while I personally wouldn’t buy it at that price, there are people out there who will.

      • Rowan09

        Yes Pro users who have a need for a touchscreen laptop with limited space. The issue I have with the Surface Pro is how much it costs for the amount of space given. While I understand SSD drives are not cheap a Pro user needs a big hard drive.

      • Ben A

        DEPENDS OF WHAT TYPE OF SKU you got. nothing else. period.

  • Noohar

    Tired of these “reports”. Apple If it is exists please announce it…

    • iPhoneWINS

      eh am bored

  • raulortiz318

    Depending on the price, I might be into having a 12″ iPad to compliment my Macbook Pro. I have a 2012 Retina and don’t see me upgrading it any time soon, but could use something smaller for travel or working on email/documents when out of the house.

    Will have to see how it compares to the Macbook.

  • Haha, starting to sound like the iPad Pro will just be Apple matching a Surface RT (first gen) capability with Surface Pro price tag…oh well, the same people that paid for the new MacBook would proudly still buy this for the same price…a fool and their money will always depart.

    • Rowan09

      If someone see the need doesn’t make them a fool. Not everyone needs a full laptop if this is true and it’s proven with the amazing sales figures of the Surface Pro.

      • Haha, I like how you’re now sympathising with the idea of hybrid PCs now that Apple is copying. How predictable…

      • Rowan09

        Good try but you’re wrong. I’m not sympathizing with hybrid’s at all because you’re calling someone a fool due to their own choice. I’ve said to you more than once that the Surface Pro needs more hard drive space to be considered a real laptop in my opinion, especially for the price. If Apple does the same with a hybrid, I’ll say the same thing.

  • Benedict

    With the multiscreen and -user, iOS will come another step closer to Android functionality just like multitasking, notification center, sharing options etc. Missing features like this show again the massive inferiority of iOS as a useful and productive operating system. So next time someone complains about competing OSs or copycats, please reconsider your point…

    • Rowan09

      So adding features means it’s inferior? You mention Android as if Google makes all the skins for HTC, Samsung, etc. Android is the base and all the other manufacturers add additional features.

      • Benedict

        Of course “Google’s” Android must provide the requirements to implement features like multiscreen etc. for OEMs. That’s a core feature of Android to be customizable (icons, menues, etc.) But still it’s Google’s Android 4.x or 5.x or whatever…

      • Rowan09

        Google just does the groundwork they don’t get credit for what Samsung does, etc. Google makes money from advertising so its business model is not the same as Apple, Apple sells products

      • Benedict

        I still don’t get the point. Android is capable of multiuser, multitasking, multiwindow, the notification center and the sharing options. They are provided by the OS. Samsung etc. are using these features and implement their own additional system apps and customizations (compare e.g. settings menu of AOSP and Touchwiz).

      • Rowan09

        The Nexus does multi-window? Samsung was the one to make this popular on a smartphone.

      • Benedict

        You didn’t get the point: Samsung only provides this feature because Android is used and capable of multitasking. On a Nexus, apps in the background are just not visible. You can use an xposed module for mutliview on it. But this is just an example of many other differences. Again, the OS must provide the base for features like this.

      • Rowan09

        The OS allows certain things, but you should not give Google credit for something they didn’t do themselves. It’s like saying if a developer makes a great app it’s the OS ability to allow them certain APIs to make such a great app. Let’s take an example with Google’s failure of an attempt at the living room. I bought the Nexgear Google TV streaming box hoping it would be open, but it was locked down and just a waste of money, so I returned it. I was looking into the Nexus player, but reviews on the item is bad and my local best buy store can’t move them at all. The prices have now dropped to $79 from $99 just to try and sell them. I purchased the Fire TV before the Nexus player was released (which is based on Android), but apparently the Fire TV is way better than the Nexus Player. Google should not get credit for just allowing certain APIs when it’s others doing the work. If that’s the case it’s Google that allows the Fire TV streaming devices to be so great and not Amazon.

      • Benedict

        With those players, it’s mainly a software thing. Like you said they are both based on Android due to the fact that it is providing the functionality needed for both devices. (I personally don’t see any need for a device like this because almost every newer TV has SmartTV capability.) But let’s say, if Android would not support 1080p video playback, the FireTV also would lack this feature. I get your point, but there is alot more under the hood to make these things possible.

      • Rowan09

        Not true because Fire OS would make sure they can support 1080. Smart TV to my understanding can’t be hacked so the Fire TV and Stick are better than any smart tv.

      • Benedict

        FireOS is no OS itself. It is a forked Android 4.4.x version! They just put their launcher and apps on it and called it “FireOS”. Since this Android version supports 1080p playback I still don’t get your point. Furthermore this discussion has nothing to do anymore with my initial statement.

      • Rowan09

        Fire OS is a formed version, but it’s also an OS like Cynagenmod. Fire OS would have support for 1080 if Android didn’t. Nevertheless there’s features like Touch ID implementation in Android, a digital assistant, etc that were on IOS first. It goes both ways and there’s still no spotlight search on Android.

      • Benedict

        No you are mistaken. Cyanomodgen is also a ROM which is based on a Android AOSP version like FireOS. It is not a seperate operating system. Amazon just run their selfmade apps and launcher on it too let it look different. But they have only the capability of the ANdroid version they are based on. Since Android supports almost every hardware it is easy to implement on devices like Kindle or FireTV. The Motorola Atrix had a fingerprint sensor first in 2011 which was supported by Android. The Google search on the phone does the same thing like sportlight. It searches through apps, contacts, movies, books and websites.

      • Rowan09

        I said both were Forked versions. You are making it seem as if Android didn’t allow 1080 Fire OS would be unable to do it themselves by modifying the OS which they already do. Google search doesn’t come close to spotlight search and it’s more of an Internet search than search the entire device. The article was written on here last week about Android now implementing fingerprint features in Android M, I’m not speaking of only having a fingerprint scanner on a phone. OSX is based on UNIX but that doesn’t mean it’s not an OS as well. Fire OS is Android based, but Android is not necessarily Fire OS is my point.