Apple’s iPad may finally be getting true multitasking with the ability to view two apps at once, side-by-side according to sources briefed on Apple’s plans as reported by 9to5Mac.
The feature will support 1/2, 1/3 and 2/3 views depending on what apps are being used. Users will be able to run either two different apps or multiple views of the same apps, we’re told.
Support for split-screen apps was initially planned to arrive with iOS 8 but as WWDC 2014 quickly approached, Apple determined the feature wasn’t polished enough for public use. It got pushed back to iOS 8.1 but after focusing resources on other projects, it was decided that it’d be best to include it in iOS 9. Even its inclusion now isn’t a certainty, however.
If true, the addition could help boost declining iPad sales. Much like everyone else, Apple’s tablet sales are slowing down as the market reaches saturation and people are opting to use large-screen smartphones as their do-it-all device.
The Cupertino-based company is also said to be adding support for multi-user logins but this feature may not make the WWDC 2015 / iOS 9 deadline.
Apple’s 12-inch iPad Plus is still in the pipeline with two slates planned, codenamed J98 and J99. These larger iPads will run a version of iOS that’s similar to what’s already found on current models. They will, however, be tweaked a bit to take advantage of the extra real estate. No word yet on when they will make their debut.