The new release of Apples iOS for the iPhone and iPad includes functionality that turns it into a serious computer. It will make it far easier to be more product with your iPad as you will be able to have more than one App on screen at a time – and switch between them.
Yes, iOS has proper multitasking!
MacRumors went hands-on with iOS to check out the multitasking feature on an iPad Air 2, and made a quick video to show what the new features look and feel like.
There are actually 3 types of multitasking found in iOS9.
- Slide over
- Split view
- Picture in picture
They only work on the iPad, not on the iPhone or iPod Touch.
They also don’t work with every App so you may be disappointed to find that your favorites don’t have this feature. Third-party apps will also be compatible with multitasking with developer support.
Which iPad’s Can Do What?
The type of multitasking available depends on the model of iPad that you own.
- iPad Air 2 and all future models : All 3 types of multitasking
- iPad’s and iPad mini’s introduced in 2013 or 2014 : Slide Over and Picture in Picture
Slide Over and Picture in Picture work on the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3.
Split View is limited to the iPad Air 2, which has a more powerful A8X processor and 2GB RAM.
Slide Over Multitasking
To activate slide over swipe from the right edge of the screen to open up a second window that is a third of the size of the screen.
This pauses the main window so it isn’t ‘real’ multitasking. It is simply a quick way to flick to another app to check an email or whatever without stopping what you are doing in the main window.
You can change the App shown in slide over by swiping downwards. This will display all of the compatible Apps and allow you to choose the one you want to use.
Split View Multitasking
Like Slide Over, Split View is activated by swiping from the right edge of the screen to open up a second window that is a third of the size of the screen. You can change from Slide Over into Split View by pulling the dividing bar to the middle of the screen. This allows you to use 2 Apps at the same time, on the same screen.
This is true multitasking as each App runs independently in their own window.
Picture In Picture Multitasking
Picture in Picture works in the same way as the picture-in-picture feature on TV’s. When watching a video or participating in a FaceTime call, the video window can be minimized to one corner of the iPad so you can continue to use other apps while you watch (or chat).
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