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Split View & Picture-in-Picture on the iPhone (Jailbreak)

The new multitasking features introduced in iOS 9 are limited to iPads. If you own an iPhone, you might feel left out and wonder whether Apple will eventually add these features to the iPhone 6s Plus and other devices. Unless you decide to jailbreak your device, as there is a cydia tweak that offers true multitasking and enable features such as Split View, Slide Over and Picture-in-Picture on the iPhone!

Prerequisites: In order to use the new multitasking features on your iPhone, you will have to install a jailbreak onto your device, otherwise you won’t be able to access the cydia store and install the tweak. If you need help with jailbreaking your device, check out our designated jailbreak guide for iOS 9. Read More…

You should also be running iOS 9 or later, as the tweak unlocks the native features that are not present in earlier versions such as iOS 8 and earlier. Although there have been some reports of successes with iOS 8, we cannot confirm them ourselves and recommend upgrading to iOS 9 as soon as possible.

How to enable Split View, Slide Over and Picture-in-Picture on the iPhone

To take advantage of the latest multitasking features on your iPhone, instead of only on the iPad, we will have to install the free “Medusa” cydia tweak which is obtainable in the cydia store for jailbreakers.

If you search for Medusa right now, you will probably only find Medusa for iPad in the default repositories. This is because Medusa for the iPhone is only available in the developer’s personal repo, which you can add to your sources list in cydia:

Then proceed to install the Medusa cydia tweak on your iPhone. You should now be able to e.g. put your iPhone into landscape view mode and pull inwards from the right side of the screen to add another app in tandem with your currently opened app. This will allow you to work with both of them at the same time.

Notes on using Medusa on the iPhone

The tweak is still in a very early stage of development and definitely not stable on all devices, some apps cause trouble and you will experience the occasional crash. Albeit not actually dangerous for your data or device, these crashes can be annoying in the long run. Some users also run into performance issues with their device, as running two apps in parallel is very taxing on the hardware and will require a recent iPhone to work properly. Futhermore, Medusa does not take into account that some apps are not designed to be split up across such a small screen as the iPhone has.

To learn more about iOS 9’s new multitasking features, such as Split View, Slide Over and Picture-in-Picture, check out our designated guide on the matter. Read more…