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Rumor: Split-screen multitasking on iPad not on tap for WWDC

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A new feature that would allow iPad users to display and interact with two applications simultaneously is said to still be headed for iOS 8, but Apple may not be ready to reveal it at next week's Worldwide Developers Conference, according to a new report.




"I've been told that the split-screen feature for iOS 8 isn't ready yet and won't be shown at WWDC," Brian X. Chen of The New York Times said in a tweet. Chen went on to call the feature "a work in progress."

Word that Apple was contemplating the split-screen capability, which is though to be similar to a feature which has garnered applause on Microsoft's Surface tablets, first appeared earlier this month. At the time, it was said that it would likely debut on the 9.7-inch iPad Air while potentially skipping the smaller iPad mini.

Apple has steadily added multitasking features to its mobile operating system over the years, but has largely restricted support to background processes. The one app, one screen paradigm has not changed since the iPhone's debut in 2007.

With or without the split-screen functions, Apple is expected to officially unveil the next-generation mobile operating system during a keynote address on Monday at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern. AppleInsider will bring live updates from the keynote and will continue to report on developments at the conference throughout the week.
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Another AppleInsider rumour squashed by the intrepid AppleInsider rumour killers at AppleInsider.
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post #3 of 31
Not a big deal for most consumers
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I wonder what Apple will be ready to announce on Monday. So far the only thing that's a good bet is redesigned OSX. Mark Gurman claims the reason Craig Federighi wasn't at the Code conference is because Apple is behind on 10.10 and iOS 8.
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Not a big deal for most consumers

I agree. I can think of a few cases where it would've been nice if I had a split screen to speed up some editing tasks, but I think the screen would have to be a bit larger for it to be more functional.

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Not a big deal for most consumers

According to who? You?

 

That'd be a huge improvement for things I do on it- and I don't even use it for "real" work.

 

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I agree. I can think of a few cases where it would've been nice if I had a split screen to speed up some editing tasks, but I think the screen would have to be a bit larger for it to be more functional.
 

I would use it when copying and pasting things all the time. Additionally, I'd love to be reading in safari about something I'm texting my brother about- or facetiming while I'm looking up something instead of giving them a black "hold" screen, etc

 

Its one of those features you wouldn't think you'd use and think you wouldn't really need it until you realize you use it all the time (like gestures).

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They could improve copy and paste too.

Try this.

Touch once for a word.twice for a sentence. There times for a paragraph. Four times for the crazy selection thing they show now.
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According to who? You?

That'd be a huge improvement for things I do on it- and I don't even use it for "real" work.

I would use it when copying and pasting things all the time. Additionally, I'd love to be reading in safari about something I'm texting my brother about- or facetiming while I'm looking up something instead of giving them a black "hold" screen, etc

I would find this feature useful as well when creating some documents, but not to watch a movie as I created a complex spreadsheet... like Microsoft's Surface example. That's just stupid.
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post #9 of 31

I'd like to have it.

 

Most users wouldn't care.

 

It will happen eventually in some form, at least on the full-size iPad.

 

But it needs to be intuitive (not the hidden gestures of Windows 8), it needs good developer support, and it needs to be done right. Wait as long as it takes to get it right!

 

Many pitfalls:

http://roopc.net/posts/2014/imagining-split-screen-ipad/

post #10 of 31
Multiple screens displayed as tabs would be a reasonable compromise.

As would a whole slough of iBook improvements. Apple has really let iBooks lie fallow. The kindle app beats iBooks handily now.
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Didn't Brian X workforce Gizmodo? If he did, he probably stole a Beta copy than being told about it.
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Easy on the caffeine...I would probably use it too.  But I can almost guarantee that most consumers would not use this feature as it is geared towards users that multi task.  Again understand the uses as I am a power user but what you are not understanding is the true audience that will actually use it.  Apple clearly understands this and that is why it has not been released yet.  You also have screen size issues tied to this as well.

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Great reporting AppleInsider, not only did you find out they were working on split screen apps, but you also uncovered when they didn't manage their time well enough to finish the project.. we would have never known it was missing! Thank you guys, I wish other news sites could learn the meaning of true journalism.
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Easy on the caffeine...I would probably use it too.  But I can almost guarantee that most consumers would not use this feature as it is geared towards users that multi task.  Again understand the uses as I am a power user but what you are not understanding is the true audience that will actually use it.  Apple clearly understands this and that is why it has not been released yet.  You also have screen size issues tied to this as well.

I get it- but I think most people would use it in some fashion- particularly if it was intuitive. It's like saying most users wouldn't use multiple tabs in safari.

As far as screen size, it's not an issue. Currently- gestures are iPad only , this can be the same.

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Great reporting AppleInsider, not only did you find out they were working on split screen apps, but you also uncovered when they didn't manage their time well enough to finish the project.. we would have never known it was missing! Thank you guys, I wish other news sites could learn the meaning of true journalism.

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post #16 of 31

Split screen will be tough to make work reliably in only 1GB.

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Split screen will be tough to make work reliably in only 1GB.

Why? All iOS 7 applications currently work on devices with only 512MB of RAM. When running two apps side by side, the maximum RAM allocation for those two apps would be limited in a way that one app cannot take over all RAM and force quit the other.

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And in other news...  Apple stock plummets 10 points when the street hears that the rumored feature is being rumored to not make it in by WWDC .

post #19 of 31
My thought is that this was never real. It's very typical for reforms to hit whore by pulling rumors out of their butts and then when it gets close to time to find out it was a lie, they fake a claim of 'delays'.

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post #20 of 31

Watch the side-by-side video here for the Surface version.

 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/getting-around-tutorial

 

Very unintuitive.

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If it is not ready, I hope it is not something they add in Beta 2 or 3.  Last year was rough with the APIs for the IOS 7 Betas changing up through the first couple of Betas (Which by definition makes them really Alphas). 

 

With as big of a change as IOS7 was, not having a stable API until August made life interesting for a September release.  :\

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I agree. I can think of a few cases where it would've been nice if I had a split screen to speed up some editing tasks, but I think the screen would have to be a bit larger for it to be more functional.

If you want to be productive on an iPad I think a keyboard is essential. If so even a split screen would not be as good as the ability to flip apps with CMND-Tab. That would make a huge difference. I never use a keyboard with my iPad but I have long wanted one of those nifty logitech or similar keyboard cases.

post #23 of 31
If they have split screen in IOS 8, wouldn't it need to be mentioned at WWDC, it's something that might affect an apps interface for the developers.
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Great reporting AppleInsider, not only did you find out they were working on split screen apps, but you also uncovered when they didn't manage their time well enough to finish the project.. we would have never known it was missing! Thank you guys, I wish other news sites could learn the meaning of true journalism.

Heh. It's not journalism. They publish whatever "reports" analysts send to their inbox, and whatever hot pics the other rumor websites are screaming about.

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Watch the side-by-side video here for the Surface version.

 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/getting-around-tutorial

 

Very unintuitive.

 

What is so unintuitive about it?  Discovery?  That's why there is a video.  Once you watch the video and know how to use it, I don't see it being difficult to remember or grasp.

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What is so unintuitive about it?  Discovery?  That's why there is a video.  Once you watch the video and know how to use it, I don't see it being difficult to remember or grasp.

You have to watch a video first. How many of us can program a VCR without reading the instructions. If it's overly complicated, people won't bother with it. I should be able to pick it up and use it.
post #27 of 31
A rumor that a rumored feature that did not have a shred of evidence that existed in the first place, is rumored not to be shown. What a turn of events! My head is going to explode.
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If you want to be productive on an iPad I think a keyboard is essential. If so even a split screen would not be as good as the ability to flip apps with CMND-Tab. That would make a huge difference. I never use a keyboard with my iPad but I have long wanted one of those nifty logitech or similar keyboard cases.

I think the gesture of 4 fingers up and swiping is faster than CMND-Tab.  Typing is def. a pain in the nuts on the iPad if you're typing something huge though, but not much they can do about that, unfortunately

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post #29 of 31
I don't personally see myself using the feature much, but I hope Apple implements it just to shut people up & take more ammo from MS & Samsung's marketing.
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It's a feature I use often of my S5. Having it in iOS would be appreciated.

 

You'd end up using it more often than you think.

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What is so unintuitive about it?  Discovery?  That's why there is a video.  Once you watch the video and know how to use it, I don't see it being difficult to remember or grasp.

Shh, if Apple hasn't added it, he's not allowed to like it. 

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