According to Mark Gurman, Bloomberg, the next iPad operating system will make a significant change in how the Apple tablet is used. It’s only days away as it will be showcased at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference next Monday, June 6.
One of the most desired changes is one that has been on many people’s wish lists for a while: improved multitasking. An iPad is a powerful computer, especially when it has a keyboard attached to it. Apple’s latest ad stated that “Your next computer will not be a computer”. The iPad Pro is indeed more powerful than many regular laptops.
Multitasking is a problem with iPadOS 16. According to Gurman’s sources, iPadOS 16 will feature a “redesigned multitasking interface” that makes it easier for users to switch between tasks and see which apps are open.
Gurman’s main sentence is: “It also allows users to resize app window and offer new ways for users of multiple apps to be handled at once.” This is a great idea and it overcomes many of the iPad’s limitations for productivity.
It has been common to believe that the iPad’s hardware is so powerful that the software can’t keep up. This perception has changed with the introduction of the Apple M1 processor, which is also found in the iPad Pro and Apple’s desktop and laptop computers.
Gurman claims that this announcement will be the largest at the conference. No kidding. You are currently limited to only two windows that run side-by-side, plus one that pops up over them to sit at their edges. A move to windows that you can resize will change seismic proportions.
An announcement will be followed shortly by a beta release for developers and then a public beta. The final general release software will be available in the fall.
We will keep you updated with more details.