Apple's iPad is reported to be getting amped-up multi-tasking through a split-screen mechanism in iOS 8. The feature would be a stark departure for iOS, which though supporting multitasking apps, has only ever allowed a device to display one running app at a time. Taking advantage of the larger screen real estate of the iPad makes sense, with a line drawn down the middle of the screen with one app on each side. The multitasking component has been a selling point pushed hard by Microsoft, though sales of Microsoft-based tablets haven't put even a slight dent in the iPad's marketshare. Samsung, however, has been beating that drum more effectively with their Multi-window feature.
As reported by 9to5Mac, there's more than just having two apps side-by-side bound to happen here:
The feature is designed to allow for apps to more easily interact, according to the sources. For example, a user may be able to drag content, such as text, video, or images, from one app to another. Apple is said to be developing capabilities for developers to be able to design their apps to interact with each other. This functionality may mean that Apple is finally ready to enable "XPC" support in iOS, which means that developers could design App Store apps that could share content.
It's an interesting feature for sure, one that many have wished for, secretly, if not publicly. Enhanced multitasking support like this would both take a an arrow out of the quivers of Samsung and Microsoft, while simultaneously making it easier to do more with the iPad.
What do you think: is multitasking support something you want on your iPad?