This is my iPad. I love my iPad because it means I do not have to sit at a table or desk permanenty when I want to do something quickly on the computer. OK, my Apple computer is also very useful as I do not need permanent electricity. It tanks up enough for 10 hours usage without a cable attached to the mains. The Microsoft only lives for an hour, perhaps 2, when it tells me “hunger, give me electric food”, meaning it stays where it is until I need it. I can sit in chair with my Apple computer, but even better my iPad rests in my hands and is he is not heavy, he is my online brother.
Today I had a problem, a big problem. As said this iPad is my means of communication when I wake up in the morning and remain in bed, also after my golden oldie lunchtime sleep. “Let’s see what has been happening in the online world while I was sleeping” and I also have the oppotunity to acknowledge various likes and comments, what could be better.
Today, in my oblivious waking time of midday golden oldie sleep, I took my iPad in my hands and did something that I should not have done, and I still do not know what I did. Suddenly my screen was divided into two pictures. On the lefthand side my WordPress site an on the righthand side my Blogger site, which I only use for a Photo challenge once a week (a remainder of my Multiply days). I would add this is my new iPad, the one with the highest capacity for uploading apps (256 GB) and it is perfect for my needs.
No problem, I am a geek, a computer person, there must be instructions somewhere to cure this split screen and I found them. There were many instructions, mainly because of others that had been confronted by this new development. You know we are always getting updates to improve everything or not. It seems one of these updates was to allow a split screen, so that you can observe two different web sites at the same time on your iPad. I would add, this is only possible in landscape modus (don’t ask, I had also never heard of it before – it just means for those not knowing, holding the iPad horizontally instead of vertically).
To continue – what do you do. You visit Internet for the solution. Again many roads lead to Cyberland and after a frustrating half an hour I still did not have the answer. Mr. Swiss to the rescue and after a further half an hour we were in the same situation. We discovered that you can switch this new application off in the settings in the mutitasking section, but when you have the split screen it remains until you get rid of it. But where there is a Mr. Swiss there is a way, and after further examination I heard the words “Eureka” – not quite, becaue he cannot speak Greek, but I am sure the various profanities he uttered helped. He found the answer. You have to give your iPad screen a swipe. I also saw this myself in the instructions, but I proably did not swipe in the right way. Him, being a male of the species, swiped in the right way (3 or 4 swipes he said) and the second screen disappeared. My iPad is now working again. To avoid this oblique situation re-occurring (did you see it, I used the word because it is the daily prompt) I have now switched this new update off in the settings of my iPad and it will never, ever, happen again.
Mr. Swiss did ask why I had so many apps open on my iPad – another small difference of opinion? Who needs a split screen in any case. I have only one brain in one piece, it does not split.