Apple is expected to unveil iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 during WWDC 2020 in June, 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 Apple is cooking for the next version of iPadOS. 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 for professionals and multitaskers. However, that hasn’t happened yet, even after a decade since the launch of the first iPad. And that’s primarily due to iPadOS’s limitations in terms of multitasking.
Although Apple is evolving iPadOS, it is taking its own sweet time. The company still hasn’t figured out how to offer a side-by-side multitasking UI that could match desktop operating systems. A concept video of iPadOS, which is created by the developer of the LookUp app, was posted on Twitter. It shows how the Cupertino-based company could improve multitasking on iPads by making a few tweaks to the UI on iPadOS.
The concept involves a dedicated multitasking button towards the top right corner of the screen. The button appears when a user opens an app, and clicking it shifts the active app towards the left side of the screen. This makes room on the right side and the home screen shows 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 and the inactive window is darkened a bit. This helps the user in understanding which app they’re interacting with. To further improve the usability of this feature, the names of the currently open apps are displayed on the top left corner of the screen. 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 during multitasking. 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.
My iPad Multitasking Solution:
Solves three major problems:
1. Provides a clear path to launch any app in Split Screen.
2. Clearly shows which app is in focus
3. Simplifies the Multi-tasking screen (Spaces to the left of the app appear to left & not the bottom in a grid) pic.twitter.com/88nLt5eSQR
— Vidit Bhargava (@viditb) February 27, 2020
This iPadOS concept is not perfect as it displays the apps that are currently active (and the content inside them) when the Control Center is accessed, making it a privacy concern. However, it is better in various when compared to 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 menu options to app icons to bring iPadOS multitasking closer to what we get with desktop operating systems. What do you think of this concept? Are you happy with the current productivity-related features on iPadOS? Let us know your wishes in the comments section below.