With iOS 9 you can now use two apps at the same time on the iPad Air 2 with the new Split View multitasking feature. This is very easy to use, and we will show you how it works on the iPad Air 2 so that you can upgrade your productivity or just watch a video while you browse the web.
Apple calls this Split-View, but many users are simply calling it multitasking, multi-window mode or some other variation on the ability to use two apps at the same time on the iPad.
You will need iOS 9 and you will need an iPad Air 2, or the upcoming iPad Pro. You can do some of the new iOS 9 iPad multitasking features on older iPads, but the side-by-side multitasking only works on these two newest iPads.
Learn how to use two apps at the same time on the iPad with iOS 9.
After you update to iOS 9 you will be able to use this feature, but you will also need to update your apps to get new iOS 9 compatible versions that also support this new mode. We are already seeing Twitter and Microsoft Word updated to support the new iOS 9 iPad multitasking options.
How to Use iOS 9 Split View on iPad
The new iOS 9 Split View feature is accessible when you are in an app. So the first thing you need to do is pick the main app that you want to use. Both apps need to support the new Split View multitasking or you will not be able to swipe over to run two apps side by side on the iPad.
For this demonstration we will use mainly Apple apps as well as Twitter, which is compatible with the new mode already. The video above walks through how Split View works on the iPad Air 2 with iOS 9.
Open Safari or another compatible app. Now swipe in from the right side of the screen.
This will place you in a mode that covers roughly a third of your screen and it may already show one item. If it shows an app that you don’t want, pull down form the top of the third screen to reveal more apps. Scroll through and pick the app you want to use side-by-side on the iPad with iOS 9.
This is what the iOS 9 multitasking looks like.
After you choose an app it will only fill up a small part of the screen to start. Now, tap and drag on the small bar to make it bigger, taking up half the screen or more. If there is no bar to drag then the app on your main window is not compatible yet.
For instance I cannot currently use Facebook and Twitter side-by-side on the iPad Air 2 with iOS 9 Split View because Facebook is not updated to work with this feature.
When in the multitasking mode you can work in both windows and you can still use the on-screen keyboard. I prefer to use a Bluetooth keyboard so that I have more room to use the two screens and can get much more done while I use Split View with a full screen at my disposal.
When you are done, swipe the right window all the way to the right or press your home button to exit Split View.
iOS 9 vs iOS 8: What’s New in iOS 9
iOS 9 vs iOS 8 Walkthrough - Home Screen
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The image above shows that the iOS 9 home screen looks very much like the one on iOS 8. This is not surprising, but you will notice one major change to this screen.
The new iOS 9 font on the home page carries over through settings and apps. It's surprising how much the look of the system can change with a small tweak to a new font.
From the home screen you can now swipe left to a new search screen, and you can still swipe down to Spotlight from any of the home screen pages.
When you upgrade you will also see options to add iCloud Drive to your home screen.
Apple adds two new default iOS 9 apps that you cannot delete. Find iPhone and Find Friends apps now come with the iPhone by default. You can hide them in a folder, but you cannot delete the apps. The Find My iPhone app is a very good addition, while Find My Friends is still not as widely used.