iOS 10 Concept Imagines Helpful Home Screen Shortcuts, New Multitasking UI and More

iOS 10 concept

Apple hasn’t made any really significant changes to iOS since it overhauled its entire look with iOS 7 — but that could change this fall. The concept video below imagines a major iOS 10 upgrade that brings better home screen shortcuts, a new multitasking UI, and lots more.

This concept doesn’t change the fundamentals of iOS, so it doesn’t require you to learn how to do everything all over again. But it does add some nice new features that greatly improve its function — like better home screen shortcuts.

By swiping down on an app icon, you can do things that would normally require you to open an app — like install the latest app updates and read text messages. It’s not quite the same as having Android’s useful widgets, but it’s probably the next best thing.

There are also some nice lock screen shortcuts, which let you check the weather and control alarms without even unlocking your device.

The concept includes a dark mode that makes things easier on your eyes, and would be even more useful for future iPhones with OLED screens, which require significantly less power when displaying dark images.

With the new multitasking UI, it’s easier to see what’s going on inside the apps you have open, and closing them all takes just one swipe. The concept also lets you choose notification colors, so that it’s easy to see which app is trying to get your attention at a glance.

While some of the features in this concept — like customizable notification colors — would probably never make it into iOS, others seems like perfectly feasible upgrades that make a lot of sense. I think dark mode is a terrific idea, and I would love to see Apple do more with shortcuts.

We don’t have too long to wait now to see what’s in store for iOS 10, which should be previewed for the first time at WWDC next month, alongside updates to OS X, tvOS, and watchOS. It will then rollout to all this fall, shortly before Apple launches its next iPhones.

What would you like to see in the iOS 10 upgrade?

[Via YouTube]