It’s not the first time this rumors surface but it appears that the Cupertino based company can finally bring support for a dual-screen mode on the next iPad device.
Sources familiar with the matter revealed to reporters that Apple is currently working on a significant number of various updates to give a new lease of life to its tablet, which is witnessing a major dip in sales.
Thus, 9to5Mac claims that the tech giant is working a dual-app viewing mode, and also has plans to introduce support for multi-user logins.Which is more, the publications says that Apple is working on 12-inch iPads codenamed ‘J98’ and ‘J99.’ The report cites anonymous people briefed on the plans as the source for this information.
The magazine insists that the novelties will be unveiled to public as early as in June during the highly expected Apple’s WWDC conference where it will preview iOS 9, on existing iPad hardware.
“The latest plans suggest that the split-screen mode will support 1/2, 1/3, and 2/3 views depending on the apps. When split, the screen can either display two different apps side-by-side, or multiple views of the same app. This would enable iPad users to see two separate Safari tabs, or compare a pair of Pages documents at the same time,” it adds.
“While current “iPad Pro” prototypes are said to run a version of iOS that looks like a larger variant of the iPad mini and iPad Air version, Apple’s goal is to further tweak iOS for the bigger iPad so users can better leverage the additional screen real estate. Besides split-screen apps, Apple is considering redesigning core apps and features, including Siri and Notification Center, to be better presented on the larger display. This new iPad is also rumored to have additional keyboard and USB support, and basic manufacturing schematics for the device leaked late last year.”
The rumors came soon after the Apple confirmed its acquisition of Coherent Navigation, a Bay Area global positioning firm, boosting the company’s mapping capabilities.
As for Coherent Navigation, first it was a small firm working on commercial navigation services based on partnerships with companies like Boeing and Iridium, according to the company’s former chief executive Paul Lego’s LinkedIn page.
Since then, Coherent Navigation has been developing its technology. So, the New York Times reads that Coherent Navigation worked either on autonomous navigation and robotics projects or projects for the Defense Department.
According to recent ComScore data, almost twice as many iPhone owners prefer to look up addresses on the Google version, compared to Apple’s native Maps app. It’s obvious that Apple’s Maps navigation technology needs to catch up with Google Maps.
In general, competition for location-based services is becoming more intense, as some of Silicon Valley’s largest tech firms try to obtain more control over such technologies.
So, in February, Uber announced that it opened an institute for autonomous car research in Pittsburgh. The company would collaborate with the National Robotics Engineering Center and start a series of robotics fellowships and professorships teaming up with Carnegie Mellon University.