One of the things many Apple fans and tech blogs alike were predicting would come out of WWDC this year was iOS multitasking and split-screen capability. But that didn’t happen; Tim Cook and the boys from Apple made no such announcement much to the dismay of many. It seems the predictions are at least true that Apple is working on split-screen multitasking.
TechnoBuffalo is reporting that developer Steven Troughton-Smith observed some code within iOS8 that led him to believe that split-screen multitasking was possible on an iDevice. He dove into the code and hacked the iPad Simulator to actually get split-screen multitasking to work. Take a look at the video below and you’ll see exactly why we didn’t see this at WWDC.
Oh, fwiw, the split screen stuff doesn’t appear to work in portait. It locks the device to landscape when active. Could just be buggy Sim…
— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) June 12, 2014
Pretty rough looking demo right there. It’s obvious that Apple’s version of split-screen multitasking is just not ready for prime-time. There is much work to be done but at least we have a clue that they might be working on bringing the feature to iOS. It’s all up in the air at this point. While the code may be in iOS8 we don’t really know what they’re doing with it or even if the plan is to take it live at all.
There are a lot of iPad users hoping this will happen though. And maybe this little bit of information will give them a light at the end of the tunnel. What do you think of the video? Will Apple be bringing multitasking to iDevices any time soon? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. Links to our social media pages are located to the left of your screen. Mouse over and you’ll get what you need. If this is where Apple is with multitasking, I personally think they have a ways to go.