Monday, November 30, 2015

iOS 9 on the iPad

According to Apple:

iOS 9 is full of enhancements you’ll appreciate every day. Your apps become more essential. New multitasking features on iPad make you even more productive. Siri can do more than ever, and new proactive suggestions help you get things done before you ask. And improvements at the foundation of the operating system enhance performance, battery life, and security. The more you do with iOS 9, the more you’ll wonder how you ever did without it.

Every iPad built by Apple will support an upgrade to iOS 9 with the exception of the original iPad created many, many years ago. Some features are not included on all the different iPad versions, below is a summary of the different models which are supported for the various options.

Slide Over
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini 3

Picture in Picture
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini 3

Split View
  • iPad Air 2 only

Slide Over on iPad [iOS 9]

Slide Over allows you open a different app without exiting the app that you are currently using. This means that you can quickly send a tweet or respond to a text in the Slide Over window, and then slide it away again to go back to what you were doing.

To use the Slide Over feature, swipe from right to left on the righthand side of your iPad to see another app. It'll take up about a third of the screen. If you want to switch the app that appears during the Slide Over, swipe down from the top of the screen.

Split View on the iPad [iOS 9]

Split View is exclusive to the iPad Air 2 and offers a more powerful version of Slide Over, and is essentially split-screen multitasking allowing you run two apps side by side. This feature on the iPad Air 2 allows for both of those apps shown to interact with at the same time. You can research something on the web using the Safari and take down notes about the subject in the Pages app at the same time.

To access the Split View feature, first swipe from the right of the screen to bring up Slide Over, then drag the divider inbetween the two apps toward the middle of the screen.

Picture in Picture on the iPad [iOS 9]

The last multitasking feature now offered on the iPad with iOS 9 is called Picture in Picture, it allows you watch a video or use FaceTime while accessing another app. Simply press the Home button, the video or FaceTime app will shrink down and stay near the bottom corner of your display while you work on something more important. You can move the floating video screen around or move it slightly offscreen if you only want to listen to the audio.

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