Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has found code inside the first beta version of iOS 8 that allows users to run two apps side-by-side on the same screen. AppleInsider first reported on the information.
Troughton-Smith detailed some of his findings on Twitter. In the iOS 8 SpringBoard, there is code to run two apps side-by-side:
So… just in case there was any doubt left… iOS 8’s SpringBoard has code to run two apps side-by-side. 1/4 size, 1/2 size, or 3/4 size
— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) June 9, 2014
Also, he said that side-by-side apps appear as a single “screen” in the App Switcher.
A number of iPad competitors, including the Microsoft Surface line and tablets from Samsung, allow multitasking.
While the code is currently contained in iOS 8, that doesn’t mean the feature will ever see the light of day. The code could simply be removed by Apple in a later beta version. But I know a number of iOS device users have their fingers crossed.
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