iOS 9 Multitasking Features (vs iPad Sales) – Time to upgrade?


The Apple iPad series has been the best selling tablet for quite some time.  However, sales have shown that demand has decreased year over year for 5 quarters running.


Data courtesy of Bare Figures

With the newest OS, iOS 9, new features are available for the iPad line: Slide Over, Split View and Picture in Picture.  By excluding older generation iPads, upgrading to obtain the newest features will hopefully drive sales.


iOS 9 Compatibility Chart

This is quite interesting as iOS 9 supports iPad 2 and newer, and iPhone 4S and newer – though not all of these devices will have access to the full functionality of iOS 9.

iOS 9 Multi-tasking Compatibility: 

  • Slide Over: iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2.
  • Split View: iPad Air 2.
  • Picture in Picture: iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2.

Now let’s go over the different multi-tasking capabilities:

Slide Over

Slide Over

Slide Over allows you to swipe your finger from the side of the iPad and drag another app over the existing one.

Split View

Split View

For those of your who have owned a Surface tablet or any Windows 8 device, this should be familiar, you run 2 apps concurrently, either at 50/50 view or 70/30 view (from the left or right side).

Picture in Picture

Picture in Picture

For those of you who have used YouTube on your tablet, this should look familiar, iOS 9 allows you to put a video (or FaceTime) in a smaller window, while you do something else, like check your email or browse online.

Are these multitasking capabilities enough for your to upgrade your iPad? Let us know at @asiangeeksquad




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