How to Integrate Multiple Windows Feature (Introduced in iOS13) in iPadOS
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From this iOS tutorial, you will learn about:
- Different features integrated into iPadOS.
- What multiple windows on the iPad is.
- The types of windows.
- The benefits of using this feature.
- What types of apps can benefit from this feature.
- Steps to integrate multiple windows feature in iPadOS.
iOS 13 was launched with a lot of new features and functionalities. These advancements were not only for iPhoneOS but also for iPadOS. In this blog, we will talk about one of the most important features that recently launched — multiple windows. Herein, we will talk about how to integrate multiple windows feature in iPadOS.
With the release of iOS13, iPad has come nearer to functioning as the main computer. A lot of new features released in iOS13 have made iPad Pro a great MacBook replacement. Let us take a look at the new features that have accomplished this feat.
- Desktop Class Safari.
- Multiple App Instances (Windows) At The Same Time.
- Safari Download Manager.
- External Devices Support in Files.
- Local Storage Management in Files.
- Better Text Manipulation.
- Automation with Shortcuts.
- Mouse Support.
- Better Home Screen.
- Dark Mode.
The main feature that has led to this advancement is using multiple instances (or windows) for single or multiple apps at the same time.
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What Are Multiple Windows on the iPad?
Previously, there was a feature that let users have multiple tabs of different apps on their iPad, but multiple windows for the same or different applications were introduced in iOS 13.
This feature enables your app to run two instances of your interface side-by-side. In simple words, if it is a document-based app, people could have multiple document windows open at the same time. In simpler words, your users will love it.
Bonus: Multiple windows are created easily by using simple features of drag and drop.
Types of Windows
- Primary window: It contains multiple app objects and the actions associated with them. People tend to interact with a primary window over time.
- Auxiliary window: It contains a single object and the actions associated with it. People tend to interact with an auxiliary window only once before closing it.
Benefits of Multiple Windows
- Multiple windows show different areas of content. For instance, people might have one primary mail window to display their inbox and another to show their drafts mailbox.
- Auxiliary windows also give users additional views into the app’s content and functionality.
- Users are enabled to act in one window and refer to something in the other window.
Which Types of Apps Utilize This Feature?
Most apps can utilize this feature in some way or another. Yet, it should be made sure that this feature is not mandatory for the functioning of your app. This feature is only to improve the multitasking feature of iPadOS and enhance user-experience.
Some examples of apps that utilize this feature in an appropriate manner:
- Document-based apps.
- Navigation based apps (Maps).
- Web browsing apps (Safari).
- Dates/ Event management apps (Calendar).
Steps to Integrate Multiple Windows Feature in iPadOS
Step 1: Create a new project in Xcode
Step 2: Create a Single View Application
Step 3: Enter the project name (For instance, SOChatDemo)
Step 4: Create a “MainSplitViewController” class of UISplitViewController
Step 5: Add a SplitViewController in Main.storyboard and assign MainSplitViewController class to it.
Step 6: Drag and drop “Common,” “Model,” and “View” folder in the app (from demo app) because it is required for chat data (here, we are showing offline chat data)
Step 7: Add ChatListViewController class to show the Chat User list. Get a UIViewController in main.storyboard and assign ChatListViewController class to it.
Step 9: In order to split the iPad screen for viewing two apps side by side, follow this code.
Step 10: Add ChatViewController class to show Chat Detail.
Get a UIViewController in main.storyboard and assign ChatViewController class to it.
To show the detail of chat we will fetch dummy messages from MessageModel and display in the list.
Step 11: This method is responsible for creating window scenes and creating multiple window.
Apple might have introduced this feature quite late, but you should not wait for anything now. If your app is the type that requires integrating multiple windows feature, then go for it. I hope that you found this iPhone tutorial useful to further your understanding of this concept about this new feature.
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