Apple is rumored to be introducing side-by-side multitasking in iOS 8 for the iPad. They didn’t discuss it during WWDC, however this wouldn’t be the first time Apple hid some new features of iOS. Hidden in the code for the beta of iOS 8, however, is a new gesture, one for resizing apps and positioning one next to it. One developer found a way to unlock that capability in the iOS simulator used in Mac OS. The video is posted below.
Surely users can think of situations where being able to use two apps next to each other are helpful. Beyond the resizing of the app, this interface doesn’t explain how the second app is opened. This also doesn’t look like a clean interface, it’s a work in progress. However, it does show that the new multitasking interface will allow two apps to run at the same time, taking up either 3/4, 1/2, or 1/4 of the screen. Whether or not this is just an idea Apple is toying with, or one that will eventually make it into iOS 8 is uncertain. However, we can be certain that Apple is testing the feature, enough that t’s in the core OS that they sent out to developers. That’s a good sign.