Ever since Microsoft announced the Surface line of tablets, one of the features that grabbed the eye balls more than any other was the ability of the tablet to run more than one application simultaneously in a split app mode. We recently reviewed the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, and that had a similar feature. The feature actually makes sense on any tablet that is more than 7 inches tall as plenty of screen estate is anyway wasted away by large blank spaces in most apps. There are very few apps out there that actually use all the pixels on a display as big as that available in most tablets.
So… just in case there was any doubt left… iOS 8’s SpringBoard has code to run two apps side-by-side. 1/4 size, 1/2 size, or 3/4 size
— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) June 9, 2014
There were suggestions that Apple could bring a Split Screen Mode for the iPad when it introduced the iOS 8, but that did not happen and left us a bit disappointed. However, Steve Troughton Smith, an iOS developer has discovered a code that is present inside the Springboard, which basically controls the homescreen of your iOS device, that indicates support for running two applications side by side.
It has been suggested that Apple is working on bringing this feature on board and it would include apps being able to run in three modes: taking up 1/4th of the screen space, taking up 1/2 the screen estate or using 3/4th of the space on springboard. This means, that you could perhaps even run more than two apps at one time on your iPad, with the likes of Twitter taking a smaller 1/4th portion with maybe a productivity app like Calendar in the other 1/4th and the rest half of the screen been utilised for watching YouTube videos.
According to a report in The Verge, it may well be possible that Apple is just waiting to show off the new feature with one of the new iPads that Apple would be unveiling towards the last quarter of this year and then bring it subsequently on all other iPads that are running iOS 8. It could well be a big selling feature and one that grabs the big headlines, or as an alternate, Apple may include the feature in one of the incremental updates such as iOS 8.1.