Apple with its iPadOS 15 software has addressed complaints about the low discoverability of the iPad multitasking gestures by adding a new multitasking menu to the top of apps.
- iPadOS 15 adds a brand new multitasking menu to the top of all apps.
- Use this menu to instantly jump into Split View or Slide Over mode.
- Manage multi-windowed apps better with a new shelf feature.
- You can also create a Split View from the app switcher.
Video: Fixing the iPad’s broken multitasking
iPadOS 15 overhauls Split View mode, which lets you use two apps side-by-side to jump back and forth quickly between the two. But first, do you have seven minutes to spare?
If so, then give the below hands-on video walkthrough from our videographer Harris Craycraft a watch if you’re interested in seeing all the new iPadOS 15 multitasking features in action.
What’s new for iPad multitasking in iPadOS 15?
The new multitasking menu at the top of apps means you can now create a Split View or Slide Over arrangement with a tap, without having to hunt for the other app in the Dock. Hopefully, this will make people who wouldn’t or couldn’t memorize the multi-fingered multitasking gestures (still present in iPadOS 15) reconsider multitasking on their Apple tablet.
The new Split View also makes it easier to see the Home screen so launching a different app into the specific mode is now easier. And when you are already using Split View, simply sliding a new app into one of the left/right panels will open that app in the same mode.
Another nice touch: you can drop one app thumbnail over another in the app switcher to instantly create a Split View multitasking arrangement from them.