After watching this iOS split-screen multi-tasking concept by Sam Beckett, it is easy to see why Apple would be interested in adding it to the iPad in iOS 8. Unfortunately, we didn’t see this newly anticipated feature at WWDC last week. Does this mean the rumors were unfounded–or perhaps it’s a feature that Apple is still working on to be announced later this summer when iOS 8 is released to the public?
The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle as hinted by developer Steven Troughton-Smith this afternoon. He was digging through the newly released beta code, and found references in iOS 8’s internal SpringBoard that allude to apps running side by side in varying sizes.
Would you welcome this change in philosophy to the iPad use case? I am sure the way Apple would implement such a feature would play a big part in how well it would be received by the public. I’m confident that is probably one of the main reasons we didn’t get a sneak peak at WWDC–that, and the fact that Apple always has one or two iOS surprises when the next iPhone is announced later this summer/fall.
Microsoft and Samsung have been pushing hard when it comes to pointing out restrictions that some feel reduce the iPad’s effectiveness as a content-creation device. If what we saw from Apple last week is any indication of their new and improved attitude of a more flexible and open ecosystem, I am very excited about what’s still to come.