An incomplete version of the split-screen multitasking for the iPad has been demoed on video, confirming that Apple has been working on the feature for some time.
A leaked video has confirmed that split-screen multitasking is certainly going to be a feature in iOS, even though it might not be ready yet for an official reveal.
It had been rumored that Apple would introduce split-screen multitasking as one of the new features for the iPad, but the company didn’t make any announcement while showing off iOS 8 at WDDC. As it turns out, it is simply because the code for the functionality is not yet complete, but it certainly does exist and can actually be accessed in the iOS 8 beta that was made available to developers.
A video put together by developer Steven Troughton-Smith shows that running two apps at the same time is similar to how it is done on Windows 8 and through the Multi-Window feature on Samsung phones and tablets. At this point, there doesn’t seem to be any option to actually run a second app and everything seems rather buggy, but the fact that a running app can be resized freely is a pretty good indication of how the feature will work.
Split-screen multitasking probably won’t be ready in time for the consumer release of iOS 8. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if Apple keeps the feature exclusive for its rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro that is expected to be launched in 2015, as the large display on the Pro model will likely offer the most convenient way of running multiple apps side by side.