Remember this? Turns out there was more to this rumour than we thought. As Steven Troughton-Smith notes (and yes, you can trust him):
So… just in case there was any doubt left… iOS 8’s SpringBoard has code to run two apps side-by-side. 1/4 size, 1/2 size, or 3/4 size
With Apple pushing developers to use Auto Layout as hard as they can, we can pretty much assume that yes, multiwindow is coming to iOS. Note, though, that this is not a Windows 8 or Samsung or whatever feature – multiwindow is as old as the graphical user interface itself. It will be a great addition to future iOS releases, and I can’t wait until Android implements multiwindow as well.
–when i’m on a phone call i’d use this, sometimes i need access to the keys and the mute when the phone is in the background.
–when i’m browsing i’d occasionally use this to make/read notes.
–when i’m streaming a media app like twonky or youtube i’m often multitasking so i could imagine having email or text going while watching the media.
hopefully apple designs it cleanly and doesn’t break the basic iOS premise of full focus on the apps and not on the OS.
Brace yourselves! Legions of Apple, uh… fans will come out of the woods to say that multiwindow on a mobile OS is the BEST thing since sliced bread – conveniently forgetting how they derided it when it came out on WP and other independent Android implementations, mind you – and that it takes Apple to show the world such innovation and therefore it is easy to conclude that makes perfectly sense for them to patent this feature and then try to sue the competition out of this planet!
I mean, they recently just invented Intents… erm… Extensions and widgets! And those evil copycats were fast on the xerox machines this time beating them to the door by a couple of years…