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Apple is planning to add a split-screen multitasking mode to its iPads in iOS 8, according to "sources with knowledge of the enhancement in development" speaking to 9to5Mac. The feature will supposedly allow two applications to run side-by-side while the tablet is in landscape mode, not unlike the similar Snap feature in Windows 8.1 or the multi-window mode supported on many of Samsung's phones and tablets. iPad applications have always used the tablet's entire screen, which keeps things simple but can feel restrictive for heavy multitaskers.
Though 9to5Mac's sources have been accurate in the past, as with all rumors, this report should be taken with a continuous stream of salt until you actually see Apple get up on stage and announce it. If it's true, this new display mode implies big changes to the way that iPad apps are designed and the way that they interact with each other, and we wanted to take a look at the hurdles in iOS and the iPad hardware that would have to be dealt with to make this feature a reality. We'll also be making some informed guesses about how Apple might jump over them.