One of Windows 8’s key tablet features is the ability to run two apps on the same screen side-by-side. It’s a feature that iOS 5 has yet to adopt, but that hasn’t stopped one jailbreak dev from swiping the idea and creating a hack that can allow two or more iPhone apps to run side-by-side on any iPad. Sick.
Jailbreak dev Aaron Ash says that while the hack is more of a proof-of-concept then anything else right now, and not ready for public release, the tweak has promise if some bugs with the audio and accelerometer can be ironed out.
Even so, though, Aaron’s managed to live the dream and play two games of Angry Birds at the same time. He describes performances as good and usable, but obviously this depends a lot on the apps being run.
Right now, Aaron’s tweak maxes out at three apps, with four crashing the app. It has a lot of work to go yet, with Aaron forecasting a release within months.
Even so, this looks promising, but until Apple bakes side-by-side apps right into iOS’s DNA, I’m afraid hacks like this will be more for show than real productivity.