Apple iOS 14: Picture-In-Picture Mode To Be Added For Multitasking

By Noah Long ● June 22, 2020
  • At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the company announced it would be adding the ability to play videos in a floating window in iOS 14

At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the company announced it would be adding the ability to play videos in a floating window in iOS 14. This feature is already built into the iPad, but it will become available for the iPhone when iOS 14 arrives in the fall.

Apple will start testing the Picture-in-Picture (PiP) feature next month in a public beta. Essentially, the thumbnail-sized video will be played in the corner of your screen while you open other apps around your device.

The PiP feature will work with the following apps upon release: Apple TV, Podcasts, Safari, FaceTime, iTunes, and Home. And it will also work on any third-party app that supports the feature on iPad already. App developers that want to integrate the PiP feature into their software will have to tap into Apple’s Picture in Picture APIs.

You can make the video window larger by pinching to zoom. And you can move it around by dragging it around with your finger. Plus you can hide the PiP window by swiping it off to the side. The audio will continue to play even if you don’t want to watch the video until you turn off the floating window.