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All eyes on iPadOS 16 as Apple seeks to make it better for multitasking

By Kenny Yeo - on 3 Jun 2022, 10:24am

All eyes on iPadOS 16 as Apple seeks to make it better for multitasking

WWDC 2022 is happening next week and it's the place where Apple will unveil the latest features coming to all of its operating systems.

One of the more interesting developments could be coming to iPadOS. There's no secret that Apple has struggled somewhat to give it a strong identity. 

On the one hand, it needs to give it features to make iPads as powerful as they can be. Yet, on the other, it also needs to keep it different enough so that it doesn't overlap with macOS.

According to a report from Bloomberg, the latest iPadOS will have features that will enable to iPad to "behave more like a laptop."

Specifically, that means a redesigned multitasking interface that will make it easier for users to switch between apps, see which apps are open, and even allow it to resize windows. That sounds very much like how Macs and macOS handle multitasking.

Apple has implemented numerous multitasking features to iPadOS over the past couple of years, but none has seemed to stick. 

In the early days of the iPad, it could be argued that they don't have the necessary computing power to have multitasking capabilities like the Macs.

But now that several iPads have the same chip as the MacBooks – the newest iPad Air and iPad Pro are both powered by the same M1 chip that appears in the 13-inch MacBook Pro – it seems like the only logical explanation why iPads can't multitask asMacs do is simply because Apple doesn't want them to.

Fortunately, it looks like things are about to change as Apple has come to the realisation that a system of flexible windows is still the most efficient and intuitive way of multitasking.

Perhaps another reason for this change is because Apple has finally conceded that there's no sense in holding iPads back any longer and preventing them from reaching their full potential.

Maybe they are also feeling the heat now because it seems that Google is getting serious about tablets again.

Source: Bloomberg via MacRumors

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