iPad is a multi-purpose device, that’s can be used for a myriad of tasks. For some people, that’s just a device to read books or watch movies, while others use it instead of MacBook. However, if you really want to use it as a workstation – you really need Split View. That’s the function that allows you to work with two apps at one time and it really turns the iPad into some machine you can work with.
So, if you want to use your iPad at its maximum – you definitely need a Split View. The sad story is that not all iPads support this function, only new ones. The full list of iPads that support Split Screen is below.
What is Multitasking on iPad?
Apple has introduced a repeating screen feature called “Split View” with iOS 9. The “Split View” option means split window view. In this mode, the iPad screen can be split into multiple windows and allow you to use two different apps at the same time. You can install this split screen option on iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2, and newer models.
This feature is very useful on the iPad because it allows you to share the screen and copy data from one app to another. In addition, you can simultaneously be in the browser and work in any other app.
To be able to work on two screens at once, you must activate this option. It’s not difficult to do this on the iPad. It’s enough to follow a certain sequence of actions. It’s also easy to turn off this function on your iPad.
Anyway, here’s more about the split screen feature and about the models it supports.
Which iPads are compatible with Split View
Split View and Slide Over modes work only on iPads powered by the A8 processor and newer:
- iPad Air 2.
- iPad mini 4.
- 5th generation iPad.
- iPad 6th generation.
- iPad Pro (2016, 2017, 2018).
Of course, the newest versions of the iPad will also support this feature.
Unfortunately, all iPhone models don’t have the ability to run two apps on the screen at once for simultaneous operation. And that’s a pity because 6.5 inches would obviously be quite enough to fit two independent windows on the screen.
How to use Split View in Safari on an iPad
Many people ask how to open two or more windows on the Safari browser. To do this, you need to install the Siderafi app. This app is activated through the mode “Split View” as well as possible because it allows you to set the dividing bar so that conditionally divides the screen into two parts. However, only one window of the split screen will still be active.
However, the developers have found a solution here too, using the “Safari View Controller”, which opens the pages of other apps, so the second browser window can also be active. The Siderafi app can be downloaded from the App Store for a small fee. The app also comes with a “Send to Sidefari” extension, which you can find in the “Share” menu.
Next, try enabling “Split View” to launch a dual app in one window of the Safari search engine, and enable “Send to Sidefari” in the other window. Unfortunately, the “Safari View Controller” option cannot cooperate with the search bar because of precautionary measures. In principle, the developers promise to expand the capabilities of the “Safari View Controller” function, so the keychain and autocomplete options should soon work.
How to change windows on the iPad’s screen
Using the split screen mode “Split View”, you can set the size of the window apps to be the same or different, depending on your needs. To set the window size wider than the other, you can squeeze the first window and expand or de-expand the second window.
To do this, you need to set which app will be your primary and which will be your secondary. If necessary, you can change the purpose of the window programs or their proportions.
What to do when the iPad doesn’t support the Split View function
If you have a tablet with an earlier version of iOS and can’t use “Split View” mode, there’s a “Slide Over” option for that. It works like this: each time a new panel will be superimposed on the right side of the old image in slide mode. When you finish working with the active app, you will close it, and the previous window will open and become active in front of you.
This “Slide Over” mode is useful when working with the message and text apps on iPads. The “Slide Over” option divides the screen in half one of the open windows is active and the other is passive.