The previous week was filled with much buzz about the announcements of iOS 8 and OSX at Apple’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference which brought us things like HomeKit and HealthKit as well as many interesting features which enhance the Apple experience.
However, not all of the anticipated overhauls and updates made it to WWDC, the most apparent hole left by the lack of updates to Apple Maps. However, another feature that didn’t make the cut, was the much rumoured split screen multitasking feature. The feature is rumoured to bring multitasking features to the iPad akin to what Samsung and Microsoft offer on their tablet operating systems.
However, after missing the recent WWDC, it seems like the is actually making an unofficial debut. According to Steven Troughton-Smith, an iOS aficionado who is well known for poking around and looking for hidden features in the operating system, the SpringBoard application in iOS 8 apparently has code supporting multiwindow application which are able to run at quarter(1/4), half (1/2) and three quarter (3/4) sizes. For all of us not familiar with the iOS platform, the SpringBoard application is more or less the backbone of iOS which is responsible for launching applications and is also the Home Screen – so quite literally the only place the code has to be.
No word yet if the code is developer accessible but it’s great to see that it wasn’t just a rumour and is in development. It shouldn’t be too long for applications to be able to use the feature – maybe after a soft launch from Apple.