Two significant additions are in the pipeline for Apple’s iPad. According to a new report from 9to5Mac, Apple is planning to add split-screen multitasking and multi-user support to future versions of iOS.
The multitasking support was first rumored for inclusion in iOS 8, but it seems like the feature will finally make its way to iPad users sometime this year. Here’s more from the report:
Sources now say that Apple plans to show off the side-by-side feature for iOS 9 using currently available iPad models. The latest plans suggest that the split-screen mode will support 1/2, 1/3, and 2/3 views depending on the apps. When split, the screen can either display two different apps side-by-side, or multiple views of the same app. This would enable iPad users to see two separate Safari tabs, or compare a pair of Pages documents at the same time.
While multi-user support is definitely coming to the iPad, users will need to be a little patient. Originally planned to arrive with iOS 9, it could appear in a future update to the software. But Apple executives believe the feature is vital for two major sectors – enterprise and education.
Much like on a Mac, the feature would allow a number of users to share a device but still have their own apps, documents, and more.
Finally, the site confirmed that the long-rumored “iPad Pro” is in development, but no definitive release has been decided for the tablet, featuring a larger 12-inch screen. Interestingly, Apple is planning to redesign some key elements of iOS to take advantage of the bigger screen.
Apple is widely expected to officially unveil iOS 9 during its WWDC keynote early next month.
With iPad sales declining, I think the multitasking and multi-user features would definitely help bring a new dimension to the tablet. Back in April, I shared four things Apple should do to help kick start iPad sales.