Master split view on iPad
Nick Peers shows how you can view two web pages side by side in Safari on iOS 10.
In iOS 10, Apple extended the Split View feature for working in two apps side by side, so that you can view two web pages next to each other in Safari. You can quickly split the screen in two from scratch or open a link or move an existing tab to the right half of the screen. If you’ve connected your iPad to a Bluetooth keyboard, you can quickly create a new Split View pane using ‘Command-N’.
Split View only works with your device in landscape mode, however, and you can’t resize the panes. With a second pane open, you can tap Private to set it to private browsing mode without affecting the other one. Once in Split View, each pane behaves largely as normal — you can open multiple tabs in each one, though you may need to use the forward/ back buttons to navigate your browsing history.
You can easily move tabs between panes — just drag one across to the other side of the screen. (Note: if one pane is in private browsing mode and the other isn’t, this won’t work.) To open a link in the opposite pane, hold a finger on a link and choose ‘Open on Other Side’ from the pop-up menu.
Finally, should you want to revert to a single pane, you have two choices: the first is to combine all the tabs from both panes in one. To do this, hold the ‘Show All Tabs’ button — there’s one at the end of the toolbar in each pane — and choose ‘Merge All Tabs’ from the pop-up menu that appears. Every tab you had open will remain, and a single page will again fill the screen’s width.
If you want to close Split View without retaining the tabs from one of its panes, you can close all the tabs in the unwanted pane at once. Again, hold a finger on the ‘Show All Tabs’ icon and choose ‘Close <number> Tabs.’
Having two websites open at once is great for comparing products, prices, opinions and much more.