Monday’s WWDC may be one of the numerous announcements reserved for the keynote address that will turn some heads: Apple is preparing to make “significant changes” to the way we communicate with our iPads, according to a report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
Among the rumored changes are several interface tweaks that have been delayed for a long time. Gurman reports that Apple will restructure the iPad’s multitasking and app interface and add features that make the tablet “less like a laptop and less like a phone.” New features include:
- A redesigned multitasking interface that makes it easy to see which apps are open and switch between tasks
- Resizable app Windows
- New way for users to manage multiple apps at once
Note that Gurman reports that Apple will “expand” the current multitasking interface, which combines different ways to view two or three apps at once. There is also a split screen for viewing apps, a slide over for viewing small app windows, and a picture-in-picture for video. Apple has also introduced Quick Note in iPadOS 15 which adds a floating window for taking notes.
Gurman says the new iPad interface will be “one of the biggest upgrades” at WWDC, which will also include updates to iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. There could also be a lot of other changes to Apple’s tablet, including rumored iOS 16 upgrades such as refreshed apps and new lock screen widgets. Of course, we have our own wishlist for the iPadOS 16.
Apple’s online WWDC Keynote will launch at 10 a.m. Monday, June 6th