iOS 9: Split-screen Multitasking & Picture in Picture

ios_9_iconApple has recently released a major update for the iPad called iOS 9, which includes a number of important productivity improvements. We would like everyone on campus to upgrade to this version by going to Settings: General: Software Update and following the instructions. It will take around 20 minutes for the upgrade to take place. After upgrading you should go to the App Store and make sure all of your apps are updated as well.

The two big features of iOS 9 are:

1. Split-screen multitasking, which lets you swipe from the right of the screen to open up and use a second app:


When this second app is open you can also swipe down from the top of the screen to choose another app to have open.

2. Picture in Picture, which lets you watch a video and use other apps at the same time. In this mode the movie is resized down into a small movable window:


When watching a video you just need to tap this icon to enter this mode:


This is great for watching videos and taking notes at the same time. At the moment this feature only works with videos played in Safari but other apps should be updated to support it soon.

To get an overview of both these features take a look at this screencast (you can ignore everything after 2mins 30seconds as our iPads don’t support this feature):

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