Apple is bringing multitasking to the iPad with the upcoming release of iOS 9 — giving users the ability to use apps side-by-side on the screen.
The new Slide Over gesture, shown for the first time at Apple’s WWDC conference this morning, allows users to open a second app without leaving an app that’s already running. A “Split View” feature runs two apps side-by-side on the iPad screen.
Apple showed the ability to use picture-in-picture video to continue watching music videos while replying to texts. In addition, you can multitouch across two apps at once, scrolling a note and an email message at the same time. Clicking a link in one app will open it on the other side of the screen if you’re multitasking.
The features are similar to what Microsoft introduced in Windows 8, allowing users to run apps side-by-side. However, Split View will be available only on the iPad Air 2.