Currently unannounced feature could join iPad Air hardware refresh

iOS 8 split-screen shown; iPad Air 2 could feature 8MP camera

A developer has demonstrated an unannounced feature in Apple’s iOS 8 software: split-screen multitasking.

Steve Troughton Smith published a video (see below) showing the mode in a developer iOS 8 simulator, with the iOS Safari app resized to fill different areas of the screen.

The feature isn’t currently announced for iOS 8, which is set for public release in autumn.

If included with iOS 8, the multitasking could combat one of the features of Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablet operating system, which allows users to multitask on their tablet by snapping different applications to the edge of the screen.

The discovery joins rumours that Apple will launch a next-generation iPad Air model later this year.

Korean news site ETNews reported that iPad Air 2 components are to enter production this month, according to supply chain sources.

Among the rumoured upgrades to the tablet is the next iteration of Apple’s A-series processors – the A8 – and an eight-megapixel camera.

The Air 2’s 9.7-inch Retina display is expected to retain the original Air’s form factor and 2048×1536 resolution.

A fingerprint sensor, similar to that found in the iPhone 5S, is also expected to be included in the Air 2.

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