Microsoft won’t be able to boast about its split screen multi-tasking functionality it offers in its Surface tablets as Apple may launch a similar feature in iPad with iOS 8. This feature will enable users to work on two Apps simultaneously on the same screen using the landscape mode. Users can not only use both the Apps individually but can also share data, images etc between both the Apps. The launch of content sharing between two Apps in split screen will open up support for XPC services in iOS.
According to 9to5 Mac:
In addition to allowing for two iPad apps to be used at the same time, the feature is designed to allow for apps to more easily interact, according to the sources. For example, a user may be able to drag content, such as text, video, or images, from one app to another. Apple is said to be developing capabilities for developers to be able to design their apps to interact with each other. This functionality may mean that Apple is finally ready to enable “XPC” support in iOS, which means that developers could design App Store apps that could share content.
The split-screening will currently be launched for full-size iPad with iOS 8, and in landscape mode only, with no clarity on its launch for iPad Mini. Apple is expected to unveil iOS 8 at its developer conference scheduled from June 2 to June 6.