Apple’s brand new iOS 9 has several great new features that really help with property inspections and scoping for Adjusters and Contractors. As we’ve covered before, the ability to use and reference multiple apps simultaneously is critical to the Modern Inspector Mindset.
Let’s focus on the three most important iPad improvements:
- Slide Over
- Split View (for iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro only)
- Picture in Picture
Before getting started, let’s watch a brief video to give us the lay of the land. Following the video are detailed instructions for each new feature.
Slide Over: Allows you to see two apps simultaneously on your iPad. A good use case would be when you need to refer to something multiple times, like an Aerial Measurement Report.
- Put your finger in the middle of the right side of your screen and tap.
- Swipe to the left on your screen.
- A selection of apps will load in a sidebar above your currently opened app.
- Tap on the app that you want to use while your first app stays in the background.
- To close your second app just tap on your first app or simply slide the Side Over sidebar back to the right side of the screen.
Split View: Split View is a new way of multitasking, you can now run two apps side by side. This makes it very easy to copy and paste text between apps. For example, opening the calculator app in Split View to do surface area or length calculations.
- Open the first app that you want to use in Split View.
- Put your finger on the middle of the right side of your iPad’s screen and then swipe left to open the Slide Over sidebar.
- You’ll see a list of available apps in the sidebar.
- Tap on the app you want to use to open it in the sidebar.
- Your second app will open in the sidebar.
- Put your finger on the vertical line in the middle of the sidebar and pull it to the left.
- Your second app will now share the screen with your first app.
- You can adjust the size by sliding your finger to the left or right to make one app window larger than the other or you can give each of them half of the screen.
Picture in Picture: Let’s you watch a video while working in another app. PIP can be helpful if you want to watch a company training video (or your favorite football team), while also continuing to work within the primary app.
- When running a video in Safari or another app, look for the Picture in Picture icon in the bottom right corner of the video player and tap it to view the video in a window.
- After the video moves to a window, you can pinch inward or outward to make the video window larger or smaller.
- You can also tap and hold to move the video to another place on your iPad’s screen.
- Just tap the Picture on Picture icon in the video window to put it back in its original place.
- You can also tap the pause/play button in the video window, or tap the “X” button to close the video window completely.
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