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Will my iPad get multitasking in iOS 9? Everything you need to know about iOS 9 on the iPad

Ashleigh Allsopp | Aug. 7, 2015
Find out what features your iPad will get with iOS 9 and how to use them, including Multitasking and QuickType.

iOS 9 is set to make its way onto iPads and iPhones around the world next month, and with it comes lots of exciting new features for iPad users. Here, we talk you through everything you need to know about iOS 9 on your iPad, including which iPads will get the new features and tips on how to use those new features, including QuickType, Multitasking and more.

Will my iPad get iOS 9?

Most of Apple's iPads will be compatible with iOS 9, but not all of them will get some of the powerful new features that are coming. But first, let's take a look at which iPads will get iOS 9 before we start investigating which features they'll get.

iOS 9 compatible iPads:

iPad Air 2
iPad Air

iPad 4th generation
iPad 3rd generation
iPad 2

iPad mini
iPad mini 2
iPad mini 3

So essentially that's every iPad so far, aside from the original iPad.

Will my iPad get multitasking?

As mentioned, there's a bit of a catch. While all of those iPads are getting iOS 9, some of the best features require more power than the older models can offer.

We are really excited about the Slide Over, Split View and Picture in Picture features coming to the iPad with iOS 9. Not only do they hint at the possibility of an iPad Pro, they also mean that productivity is about to get much easier on Apple's tablet.

Slide Over lets you open another app without leaving the app you're currently in. It'll mean that you can quickly send a tweet, respond to a text message or jot something down in the Slide Over window, and then slide it away again to go back to what you were doing.

To use Slide Over, you can 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 change the app that appears in Slide Over, you can do so by swiping down from the top of the screen.

Split View is an iPad Air 2 exclusive feature that is a more powerful version of Slide Over, and is the fully-fledged split-screen multitasking we've been waiting for. It lets you run two apps side by side, with both of those apps available to interact with at the same time. That means you could be researching on the web using the Safari app and jotting down notes about the subject in the Pages app, for example.

Other examples given by Apple include working on a sketch with the reference photo beside it, writing a paper while copying citations from a book in iBooks, or looking at the Maps app while planning a holiday using TripAdvisor.


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