Apple patent application reveals new ‘Pop-Up View’ multitasking methodology

“During Apple’s WWDC 2015 Keynote Craig Federighi showed us that in iOS 9 we’ll be able to finally use real multitasking on our iPad. Federighi presented us with Picture-in-Picture, Split View and Slide Over multitasking features,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals yet another multitasking methodology called the ‘Pop-Up View.’ Whether this latest multitasking feature will make it in time for iOS 9 is unknown at this time.”

“Apple’s patent FIG. 5J noted [below] illustrates a response to detecting a touch gesture of the first type on the calculator application icon (#506-4), a calculator application view is displayed in pop up view 510 on touch screen (#112-1) of first electronic device #100-1,” Purcher reports. “The popup view partially covers the portion of web browser application view #502-7.”

Apple patent application illustration: Pop-up View

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MacDailyNews Take: Could be something we’ll never see as the iOS 9 Slide Over and Split View multitasking features for iPad seem to negate the need for this method. Would you find this useful over Slide Over and Split View?


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  1. MDN: Absolutely yes, this would be useful for something like Calculator and Notes. There’s no reason small apps like that would need to take up half or 1/3 of the screen…forcing you to go through a window resizing/snapping procedure for something you’re going to use for a few seconds and then dismiss.

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