For a while now rumors have been swirling that Apple is gearing up to introduce multi-tasking on the iPad — the kind where two apps run side-by-side. The thing about it, the solution seems rather unApple to me.
Perhaps you disagree, but how in the world do you run two apps side by side in portrait mode? What, you disable portrait mode? Unlikely.
There’s little elegance about it, and far too much complexity. Perhaps they have something amazing I am not thinking of1 , but I am more inclined to believe that if Apple want’s to improve what ‘business’ users call ‘multi-tasking’ that they would approach it in a different way.
More specifically, I think Apple would approach it in a similar manner with how apps can access the Photo Library, Twitter compose, Facebook compose, or new Email compose screens. I’d imagine something like being able install a blogging app, and having that register with Safari. Then, via the Share sheet, I can call that app from within Safari to create a new blog post as if I was emailing the page to someone.
That seems more elegant, and honestly, more useful than two apps running along side each other. In fact adding such a system seems like it would really work well as it wouldn’t be just an iPad feature — the iPhone could use that system just as elegantly.
Not a big reach there. ↩