Originally Posted by K2kW
So you are saying that Apple really just steals from their IOS developer/customers after taking their 15% cut.
I don't care where it really came from, I'm just hopefully they implement this. Even if they are in part playing catchup with IOS 8 I was quite pleased with this combination of Imitation and innovation. Along with the larger iPHone its another good sign that Cook is finally ready to leave the Steve Jobs anchor behind. Now we know why he settled with Google - smart move if the iWatch duplicates the android watch.
But here's the thing: Apple isn't really concerned with innovation unless it brings real user benefits. They weren't first with the smartphone; the tablet had been done to death ten years before Apple turned up.
Being first is not really what Apple's about. The secret of Apple's success is that they watch the competition carefully (despite what they say in public) and make sure they don't repeat their mistakes. This is the reason why iOS was locked down until they could figure out how to make applications talk to each other without compromising data security. Google's approach was different; they didn't learn the lessons of the past and is now saddled with an unsafe OS that is a magnet for viruses and malware (a lot of which lives on Google's own app store).
Split-screen is another case in point. They have existed for a long time (which makes your attempt to assert that Apple is stealing it appear a little bit desperate). They could just do split-screen, or they can observe the mistakes made by Google and Microsoft in its implementation, and then try to come up with something that will be genuinely useful to the majority of their customers. Packing in features just to keep your spec-addled fan base happy is not going to work for Apple because they don't have a spec-addled fan base; most of their customers do not hang around on forums obsessing about what the competition is doing. In general, they have more interesting things to do, and what Apple builds or does not build into their products tends to reflect this.
So, what Apple is probably asking itself is why people want two apps on the screen at once, and to understand that, they need to observe. This is why they're always late to the party, and then lay waste to the competition when they arrive.
Why do I need two apps open at the same time? That's the interesting question.
Do I need to read and watch a video at the same time? If I'm doing that then the chances are I'm concentrating on neither.
Do I need information from one document while reading from another? Definitely more plausible, but is a split window the best way to present it?
Do I need to transfer information from one document to another? Most definitely. How is this best done?
Thinking about the way I work with the iPad, I can see why Apple is focussed more on extensions than split windowed multitasking. At the same time, if/when split windows is implemented, developers need to think what information is presented depending on the size of window available to them, and how this information is used.
I split the window between a map and the contacts app. As I scroll through my todos at the top then I'd like the contacts app to scroll to matching addresses at the bottom. If I point to an address that does not exist, then I expect to be able to transfer that address into contacts with a single touch.
App-awareness is the key. How will it be used in different situations.