This Monday Apple held their annual Worldwide Developer Conference announcing upcoming features and services across their devices.
Arguably the most interesting development was for the iPad, finally allowing true split-screen multitasking to the tablet.
Like many Apple updates the amount of functionality you will get will be depending on which model you own, with only the iPad Air 2 being deemed sufficient to run the full experience called Split View.
The new feature comes as part of iOS 9 and will allow iPad users to launch two Apps at the same time divided by a vertical split in a very similar vein to Windows tablets. iOS 9 also allows apps such as video to be displayed in a floating windows above your current app.
These new multitasking features will help further validate the use of iPads in businesses, being able to both check emails and edit a document at the same time.
Splitting your view does allow you to get more done but it does also make your workspaces smaller.
The announcement of Split View also gives credence to the much rumoured 12” iPad, this will allow the iPad to go toe-to-toe with Windows tablets and potentially squash their momentum with their own market share.
It is likely we will see a 12” iPad Pro launched within the next 12 months and similarities to this and the Surface Pro line will definitely be drawn. With both potentially having similar design and form factor the true battle will be between iOS 9 and Windows 10.
Whilst Microsoft has proven Surface can replace your laptop can Apple do the same for the iPad?