Since Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is merely a fortnight away we’re now hearing a lot of rumors about what the company might announce at the conference. We know that its going to show off new software since that’s what it does each year. Specific features are being rumored though. For example a new rumor suggests that iOS 8 might finally bring split-screen multitasking to the iPad.
Its a feature that iPad fans have been requesting for years and will certainly be well received. Split-screen multitasking will allow users to run two apps simultaneously on the iPad. It would be particularly useful for businesses and in environments where users are tackling multiple tasks at once that need separate applications.
Plus Apple would be able to better compete with rival tablets. Microsoft has long touted the “snap” multitasking feature of its Surface tablet and has even compared multitasking features of the iPad and Surface in an ad.
The rumor claims that this feature will only work when an iPad is in landscape mode. Moreover its possible that it may be limited to the 9.7-inch iPad and not compatible with the iPad mini for obvious reasons. The feature may be designed to let apps interact with each other. For example users will be able to drag and drop content like pictures and videos from one app to the other. Apple may even let developers create apps that interact with each other.
iOS 8 is expected to be unveiled at WWDC 2014 which starts on June 2nd. Even after its announced the software will not make it to the public until September at the very least.