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iPadOS 14 Wishlist: This Concept Shows How Multitasking Should Work On the iPad

iPadOS 14 Wishlist: This Concept Shows How Multitasking Should Work On the iPad

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Apple is expected to unveil iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 during WWDC 2020, which will be an online-only event this year. While a lot of iOS 14 features have been leaked over the past couple of weeks, we still don’t know much about what iPadOS could bring forth for Apple’s tablets. A concept video, however, throws some light on how Apple could improve multitasking in iPadOS.

When Apple unveiled the first iPad, many enthusiasts thought that tablets would eventually replace PCs and laptops. However, that hasn’t happened yet, even after a decade. And that’s primarily due to the limitations in terms of multitasking.

Apple is evolving iPadOS, but it is taking its own sweet time. The company still hasn’t been able to figure out how to offer a side-by-side multitasking UI that could rival desktop operating systems. A concept video of iPadOS created by the developer of the LookUp app was posted on Twitter, and it shows how the Cupertino-based company could improve multitasking by making a few tweaks to the UI.

The concept involves a dedicated multitasking button towards the top right corner of the screen. It appears when a user opens an app, and clicking it shifts the active app towards the left side of the screen, making room for another app. The empty screen now shows the home screen with all the app icons that support multitasking.

When two apps are open side by side, only the active window appears to be in the focus as the inactive window is darkened a bit. This clearly shows the user which app they’re interacting with. To further improve usability, app names are displayed on the top left corner of the screen, and the active app’s name is presented in a bolder font.

As usual, the handlebar between the two apps can be used to increase or decrease the split-screen ratio. Swiping up from the bottom reveals the Control Center as well as the Dock. This makes sure that a user doesn’t have to swipe unnecessarily from all the directions to access the main aspects of the multitasking UI.

Our Take

This iPadOS concept is not perfect as it displays the open apps (and the content inside them) if you want to access the Control Center, making it a privacy concern. However, it is much better than the current multitasking UI design that Apple gave us as a part of iOS 13.

Perhaps, Apple can take some cues from this concept video and add some context menus to app icons to bring iPadOS multitasking closer to what we get with desktop operating systems like macOS and Windows. What do you think of this concept? Are you happy with productivity-related features on iPadOS? Let us know your wishes in the comments section below.

via iPhone Hacks http://www.iphonehacks.com/2020/03/ipados-14-wishlist-multitasking-concept.html
link : http://www.iphonehacks.com/2020/03/ipados-14-wishlist-multitasking-concept.html
March 16, 2020 at 06:26PM

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