iOS 8 split-screen mode demonstrated on an iPad

Apple has baked in app-resizing capabilities into iOS 8, giving users hope that multitasking will appear in some form on devices such as the iPad.

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith found code hidden in the iOS 8 iPad Simulator and recorded the split-screen function at work.

The feature is similar to the multitasking found in Windows 8.x devices such as the Microsoft Surface. It is unknown whether Apple will allow end-users to manually resize apps or whether they will just be able to run apps side-by-side at a pre-determined size.

The video also shows that apps may be able to be resized to fill a quarter or three quarters of the screen as well as half.

Apple announced iOS 8 at WWDC and the split-screen functionality was tipped to be unveiled at the event. However, the firm made no mention of it, leading to industry watchers conclude it was still being tested.

iOS 8 is due in autumn 2014, so the split-screen functionality for the iPad could still be included or it may be saved for released in future iOS updates.

Caroline Preece

Caroline has been writing about technology for more than a decade, switching between consumer smart home news and reviews and in-depth B2B industry coverage. In addition to her work for IT Pro and Cloud Pro, she has contributed to a number of titles including Expert Reviews, TechRadar, The Week and many more. She is currently the smart home editor across Future Publishing's homes titles.

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