Not only is are the new affordances and keyboard shortcuts for iPad multitasking a huge win for users, but Apple’s gone further and allowed the whole windowing interface on iPadOS to become scriptable via the Split Screen Apps action in Shortcuts.
This action lets users specify two apps to be opened side-by-side in Split Screen, plus adjust the sizing ratio from 1/2 + 1/2 to 1/3 + 2/3 mode with one app taking the primary space and the other as a smaller view on the other side.
Users can create different combinations of apps by changing the order if which app is placed first and which is placed second as well, creating a virtually-limitless combination of app pairings.
Apple’s also updated the Open App action to add a toggle for Slide Over, letting users stick yet another app on top of a full screen, split view, or 1/3rd view setup and keep that Slide Over app in its own multitasking view as well.
With Split Screen Apps and Open App with Slide Over, the entire interface of the iPad is fully scriptable, letting users dedicate specific app pairs in the exact right sizes depending on any context you can think of.
This is a DREAM alongside the new Home Screen widgets on iPad, plus the ability ability to set those screens by changing Focus modes – I’ve already gone way overboard and plan to continue as such until I’ve automated every app setup I can think of 🤓.