Like the infamous Mac Pro that has yet to see the light of day 18-months after it was announced, Microsoft’s Surface Duo is a split-screen Android-based smartphone; promised for the end of 2020. That gives Apple some time to show us how it’s done. Samsung did not.
Most of us Windows sufferers or Mac users have an understanding of split screens. The Mac can split the screen and with the right utility move apps to stick wherever we choose. It took Apple years to bring something similar to iPad, but the latest– iPadOS 13.x– does a decent job of giving users a way to manage multiple apps and multiple windows.
How long did it take for concepts and renders to hit the streets after news spilled that Samsung was working on a folding Galaxy? About 15.37 seconds. Now that Microsoft has a split-screen smartphone in the works, other renders of how Apple could do the same thing but in software.
Check out this YouTube video concept of iOS 14 with a split view.
Now, understand that’s just a software split-view built into iOS 14, not a dual-screen iPhone to match Samsung Galaxy Fold or Microsoft Surface Duo, but with iPhone displays getting larger every few years, it is easy to see an advantage in having such a setup.
Three words: drag and drop.
Just in case you have an overabundance of saliva today, here’s a look at what Microsoft proposes— this is Microsoft, right?– for Duo’s split displays.
Sweet ride, right? I want one. With iOS 14, of course. And AppleCare.
Joss Wheaton has a laundry list of what we don’t know about Surface Duo in his missive What We Don’t Know About Surface Duo.