Apple rarely shies away from copying good ideas. One of the most recent examples is iOS's notification center, which behaves an awful lot like Android's notifications panel. Now, according to 9to5Mac, Apple may be about to nab another feature from a competitor: split-screen multitasking.
The site quotes "sources with knowledge of the enhancement in development" as saying that iOS will introduce a split-screen multitasking feature. That feature, the site says, will let users "run and interact with two iPad applications at once."
Here's a mockup of what split-screen multitasking might look like in iOS, courtesy of 9to5Mac:
The benefits of using two applications on the same screen are obvious. In a modal interface like iOS or Windows 8's Modern UI mode, a split-screen mode is probably the best way to offer that kind of functionality. I'm not thrilled with the way it's implemented in Windows 8, though. There seem to be too many opportunities to enable it by accident, and it feels a little awkward. Here's hoping Apple—if it does borrow the feature—will do a cleaner job.
|Qualcomm readies up 48-core Centriq 2400 ARM server chip||14|
|Deals of the week: laptops and spinning storage||1|
|BitFenix Shogun chassis goes for internal and external coolness||1|
|AMD and Intel join forces for a bundle of hardware and games||35|
|Report: Samsung Galaxy S8 may go into full-screen mode||22|
|Gigabyte XK700 keyboard will challenge your limits||20|
|Microsoft and Intel set to bring AR to the people with Project Evo||10|
|Global VR Association hits the road with Sony and Samsung in tow||3|
|Fitbit buys Pebble, leaving watch owners in the lurch||19|