- Split screen feature allows you to run two apps at the same time
- Developer Hazma Sood found split-view support for new iPad Mini
- He spotted it in a file from Apple’s OS X El Capitan’s Safari 9 browser
- Rumours suggest it will also be thinner and have a 8-megapixel camera
Ellie Zolfagharifard For Dailymail.com
Apple’s next iPad Mini could come with a split screen feature that allows you to run two apps at the same time side-by-side.
The company first revealed the feature at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
At the time it said split-screen would only be available on the current iPad Air 2 because of its large A8X processor and extra memory.
Apple’s next iPad Mini could come with a split screen feature that allows you to run two apps at the same time side-by-side, according to details in a resource file from Apple’s OS X El Capitan’s Safari 9 browser
But developer Hazma Sood recently found split-view support for the iPad Mini 4 when looking through a resource file from Apple’s OS X El Capitan’s Safari 9 browser.
Alongside this, a website testing tool in El Capitan lets developers simulate an iPad Mini 3 using Safari in split-view mode, according to 9to5Mac.
‘With both the testing capabilities and settings image present in the upcoming version of Safari, we believe that the functionality is coming in a future iPad mini update,’ the site said.
Last year’s iPad mini upgrade included the gold colour option, Touch ID sensor, and in-app Apple Pay for the larger iPad Air 2.
Apple needs to make a significant upgrade to its iPads as figures suggest they are falling out of favour
9to5Mac said it believes that this the new tablet upgrades will be more substantial.
As well as the split screen feature, sources told the site that the new iPad Mini will have a thinner frame than the iPad Air 2, and an 8-megapixel camera.
Apple is expected to hold a launch event on Wednesday, September 9, in which it could reveal its latest iPhone.
It may also revealed its new iPads, according to a report from Buzzfeed.
Apple needs to make a significant upgrade to its iPads as figures suggest they are falling out of favour.
During the first fiscal quarter of 2015 that ended on 27 December 2014, the firm sold 21.4 million iPads and iPad minis. This equated to $8.9 billion in revenue.
Alongside the split screen feature, the new iPad Mini could have a thinner frame than the iPad Air 2, and an 8-megapixel camera. Pictured is what is claimed to be a leaked 3D render by @OnLeaks
Although this is still a large amount of money from a single product in the line – and represents 12 per cent of the company’s overall revenue – it signals the first year-on-year drop.
Overall, sales of iPads dropped by 18 per cent, which knocked Apple’s revenue in that sector by 22 per cent.
The decline has been blamed on a dip in tablet popularity in general, as well as the rising popularity of phablets.
A spokesperson for Apple declined to comment when contacted by DailyMail.com.
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|Memory||16- 64 GB||16-64 GB||16-64 GB||16-128 GB||16-64 GB||16-64 GB||16-128 GB||16-128 GB||16-128 GB|
|Rear Camera||None||720p||5 MP||5 MP||5 MP||5 MP||5 MP||5 MP||8 MP|
|Announced||Jan 2010||March 2011||March 2012||Oct 2012||Oct 2012||Oct 2013||Oct 2014||Oct 2013||Oct 2014|
|Released||April 2010||March 2011||March 2012||Nov 2012||Nov 2012||Nov 2013||Oct 2014||Nov 2013||Oct 2014|
|Discontinued||March 2011||March 2012||Oct 2012||Oct 2013||Oct 2013||Oct 2014||N/A||N/A||N/A|