How to fix iPad multitasking

How to fix iPad multitasking  - image: iPadOS Split View
iPadOS Split View

Rene Ritchie offers up his solution for how to fix iPad multitasking.

Rene Ritchie via YouTube:

Since this week marked the 10 year anniversary of the iPad, it brought up a lot of praise and a lot of criticism from a lot of people, and the multi-window multitasking interactions were chief among them.

So, what can be done about them?

MacDailyNews Note: Currently, iPad users drag an app out of the Dock to make a Slide Over or drag it to the right or left edge of the screen to make a Split View. To turn Multitasking features on or off, go to Settings > Home Screen & Dock > Multitasking, and turn off “Allow Multiple Apps” if you don’t want to use Slide Over or Split View.


  1. The headline should be “How to make iPadOS multitasking easy for old folks”

    I wonder how people writing these articles deal with their mouths. I mean, “opening your mouth” is used in WAYYYYY too many contexts. When I open my mouth, am I eating? Am I breathing? Am I drinking? Am I talking? The mouth just needs to be simplified so that when I open my mouth it does ONE thing ONLY!

      1. OMG, the guy in the video says “I’m clumsy, but the software should take that into consideration” openly admitting that there’s not a problem with the iPad interface, the problem is HIM yet, he wants Apple to cater to him because he lacks dexterity. Oh, and at around 6:21, he goes “At the risk of making it too complex” Yeah, a this is the same guy that’s too clumsy to deal with ONE finger gestures that’s going to be able to handle three fingers touching the screen simultaneously and performing pretty much the exact same movements!!

        Some folks just need to stick with their Macs. 🙂

        Oh, and “highlight the half of the screen that you’re working with”? You just tapped the half that you’re working with… oh right, we’re talking about old people who will tap it, forget which side they tapped and, instead of tapping again to make sure, just tentatively start typing, realized it went into the side they didn’t intend, curse, stare off into space trying to remember what they were doing in the first place, then look down and go…

        “Whoah, what is this thing in front of me? That’s not a laptop… is it?”

  2. iPad hater trying to ride a motorcycle:

    “I put a steering wheel on it, added 1 front and two rear side cars. It just doesn’t work as well as my car. It’s crap!”

    1. Bad analogy on all levels. No sane person expects a motorcycle to perform well as a people hauler. They simply laugh and Wrong Again when he incessantly claims that nobody needs anything more than a motorcycle.

      A better analogy would be that, once upon a time, only rich companies owned MainframeBuses, on which individuals could only ride for a short time. Then a few smart fellers decided to empower mere humans with a fully capable personal transportation. It was convenient, reliable, and everyone loved them. But after many years of offering fully capable MacMobiles that just worked, the beancounters decided that they had to make more money. So to that end, they massive push to replace MacMobiles with subscription software served on thin mobiles began. The iCar was revealed as the cheaper, easier, better way to drive. Alas, it was disappointing.

      Many things formerly offered in fully functional car models are completely removed for the new iCar model.

      The owner of a MacMobile could upgrade not only software, but also hardware with very little constraints. Anyone who wanted to add a roof rack after the initial purchase could do so. Feel like changing the wheels or exhaust? That was your prerogative. With the iCar, no such freedom is ever allowed. Of course the beancounters have started to ruin MacMobiles now too, but the decline started with the misguided vision for the iCar as being a replacement for a capable automobile.

      Not only is the iCar unrepairable, it’s less durable. Statistics show that iCars last less than half as long as MacMobiles. At least once upon a time, it was reasonably inexpensive to repair MacMobiles for all kinds of predictable in-service damage. iCars are not designed for hardware fixes because the iCar company wants to sell its iCare Insurance (cha ching!).

      The iCar models all have teeny screens that are a small fraction of what the MacTrucks offer.

      In order to make the iCar look more cost effective, the beancounters significantly raised prices on MacMobiles. Nevertheless, by the time you add any factory-offered accessories to the tiny little iCar, you’re well into MacMobile pricing territory.

      Don’t forget to buy the expensive iCar adapters and cables that don’t fit any MacMobile or any other company’s offerings either.

      The iCar removes what they believe are unnecessary controls like power windows or remote boot release altogether.

      The iCar doesn’t offer individual controls for steering, brakes, turn indicators, windscreen wipers, or HVAC, or anything. It puts all remaining controls onto a Jony Ive-designed flat grey-on-white screen that sort of works if you have clean dry hands and exceptional eyesight. Options are buried in menus that are completely inconsistent from one function to the next; there are only a few always-on indicators and no always-visible toolbars.

      You can touch any one control at a time, and with only minor retraining you will be able to navigate the menus which may change whenever the forced update occurs.

      While iHeadlights offer basic functionality, you are encouraged to buy one of a dozen other headlight packages, all of which track you to feed their analytics engines.

      To keep things looking simple, the iCar will have no engine instruments to tell you what is happening in the background, and the iCar company will prevent any 3rd party attempt to sell you a tachometer.

      As for cargo storage in the boot — you have to pay a monthly fee to iCar Company to put anything sizeable in there, or you can rent a DropBox Trailer in an attempt to move any stuff around. Too bad neither of those services promise reliability. They break sometimes when you are least prepared. In fact, most things stop operating if internet access is interrupted.

      No matter how many times iCar fans claim otherwise, people who know performance show that, in most situations, they can do more faster on any MacMobile than any iCar. In fact, it’s not even close on the closed track or on messy open road. The only time the iCar is “preferred” is when iCar owners are maneuvering their little buggies in their garages. So it’s great for home use.

      There is one positive thing, though. When your iCar dies on the road, it’s a MacTruck that comes to the rescue.

      You’re welcome.

      1. Steve Jobs’ car / truck analogy was generally correct but too simplified. I look at it simply as the following;

        smartphone – car
        iPad Air / iPad Pro – SUV
        Macs – trucks

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