Doing the splits: iPad multitasking
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.