A video has given us a teasing glimpse of how the much-touted split-screen, multi-tasking feature of the next-gen iPad could work, as we count down to the tablet’s anticipated appearance later this year.
Split-screen multi-tasking, which is already a feature of Android tablets and Microsoft’s Windows slates, was heavily tipped to be among the additions to Apple’s iOS platform that were unveiled at WWDC last week.
That didn’t happen, leaving the iOS army none the wiser about Apple’s plans and more than a little disappointed.
But until split-screen does turn up – and developer tools within iOS 8 suggest it’s a nigh-on dead cert at some stage – we’ve been treated to a video that imagines how Apple could pull it off.
The clip, which was worked up Steve Troughton-Smith using an iOS 8 iPad Simulator, shows an imaginary user resizing the browser with a two-finger slash sideways.
The gesture enables the iPad user to choose between a browser that fills all the screen, or one that takes up 75%, 50% or 25% of the display area available.
What the video doesn’t show is the iPad running with two apps sharing the display. So there’s still much left to the imagination in terms of how the productivity booster might pan out in practice.
Still, with the iPad’s next iterations expected along soon, it might be that we won't have to wait too long to cast our eyes over the real thing.
That said, we’ve got a hunch that it might be something reserved for a future, business-oriented iPad, aka the long-rumoured, never-seen iPad Pro. So we'd recommend you don't hold your breath.