Daring Fireball discusses an article imagining how complicated iOS will get if it gets the split-screen, multi-app view that Windows 8 has.
But I think they’re completely missing the point of iOS 7’s apps owning the whole screen and living “behind” the status bar.
Apple is very slow and methodical. What I think this means is that
Apple is trying to rid the screen of the status bar completely. Making apps (technically, views) full screen behind the status bar was just the first step to get apps used to this new future. The next step, probably iOS 8, is to just remove the status bar completely. If you want a pure, immersive experience on your mobile device, the status bar just gets in the way.
Look at the Apple Store app (not the App Store app) on the iPad. It doesn’t even show the status bar (and this isn’t some private API, all apps can do this if they choose). But pull down the Notification Center and–voila!–the status bar is there if you want to see the time or battery level or network/wifi status.
Come to think of it, regardless of whether iOS 8 gets split-screen apps, the status bar is probably going away, anyway.
Here’s the Apple Store app, without any hint of a status bar:
And here’s Notification Center, after you drag down from the top of the screen; there’s your status bar info: