Archive for October 6th, 2015

by Tom Nelson

Split View was introduced in the Mac operating system with OS X El Capitan, as part of Apple’s push to bring a bit of parity between iOS features and OS X. Apple first provided for full-screen apps with OS X Lion, although it was a feature that was underused. The purpose was to allow apps to provide a more immersive experience, letting the user concentrate on the task at hand without distractions from other apps or the OS.


Screen shot © Coyote Moon, Inc.

Split View takes this to the next step by allowing two full-screen apps to be displayed at a single time. Now, this may seem counterproductive to the idea of working in a single app to avoid distractions, but in reality, we rarely use just a single app to accomplish a task. For instance, you may be primarily working in your favorite photo editor, but need a web browser to track down details on how to perform a complicated bit of image editing.

Split View lets you have both apps open and operating in full-screen mode, even though they’re really sharing a single display.

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