Do­ing the splits: iPad mul­ti­task­ing

Mac Format - - WWDC 2015 -

We’ve long wanted to see two apps next to each other on the iPad. With iOS 9, Ap­ple gives us that. For a quick glance at an app with­out leav­ing the one you’re in, there’s Slide Over. Re­spond to a mes­sage or jot down a note, and then slide the pane away. Al­ter­na­tively, tap the divider to en­ter Split View, with each app fully ac­tive and work­ing in­de­pen­dently .

Although Ap­ple de­moed its own apps, de­vel­op­ers can add this to their own apps, and those that al­ready use auto-lay­out and size classes have done most of the work al­ready; Ap­ple said Twit­ter was up­dated for iPad mul­ti­task­ing “in min­utes”. Else­where, Ap­ple de­moed a new task switcher with full-screen app pre­views, and a pic­ture-in-pic­ture mode for watch­ing video while us­ing another app.

Split View is for iPad Air 2 only. Slide Over and pic­ture-in-pic­ture work on iPad Air, Air 2, mini 2 and mini 3.

For power-users, the two-up app view is one of the most ex­cit­ing changes to come to iOS 9 – but you’ll need an iPad Air 2 to use it.

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