Apple iOS 11 wish-list: system wide drag-and-drop, finder and more in this detailed concept

Apple's iOS 9 truly redefined the tablet experience: it was a ground-breaking change that introduced split-screen multitasking and a ton of other functionality that paved the way towards the iPad as a computer that can do everything.

Unfortunately, since then, Apple has not really done much in terms of radical improvements in iOS, at least when it comes to the tablet side of things.

And now, just a few weeks before WWDC 2017, where Apple is expected to lift the cover off its new iOS 11, we are seeing MacStories' Federico Viticci team up with Sam Beckett to produce this incredibly well thought out and detailed iOS 11 concept. The whole idea behind it is not to show what Apple is expected to do, but rather to show directions where the authors would want Apple to go to bring the iPad as a platform to the next level.

This great iOS 11 concept brings the following major suggestions:

  • System-wide drag & drop
  • A 'shelf' to store anything
  • New split-view app picker
  • Finder
  • Refreshed design with a focus on bolder typography
  • A denser home screen
  • Others

The video above really does a great job explaining the ideas, and you can also hit the source link below to see a more detailed description of each area, where the authors want to see improvement. What are the updates you want to see Apple make with iOS 11?

source: MacStories



1. iushnt

Posts: 3174; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Just give the features of Galaxy S8.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol that's pretty much the whole video, they're even wishing that iOS adopts material design apparently with all the shadows and depth changes. Still, the concept is too complicated for most iFans or otherwise with far too many hidden and not indicated features. Although Apple does seem to be going that direction since the addition of force touch, it isn't likely they'll go that far yet.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5804; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I hope Apple borrow more elements from Material Design Even Microsoft's Fluent Design System has (finally, Metro was underwhelming) Also I hope Apple develop their own version of HDR+ (other OEMs too) Manual controls are awesome, but too time consuming for many use cases

16. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

But NO lag, No security vulnerabilities and NO bloatware

22. iushnt

Posts: 3174; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Yaa definitely..

2. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Slide over, split view, bluetooth transfer, dark mode, refreshed design, landscape mode for music app (and unsupported apps like facebook), manual controls in the camera app, to be able to set default apps. Enough of the emoji's pls. While all these and more can be done through jailbreaking but it'll take nothing away from them and their bottom line if they added these features into the iphone natively.

19. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Bluetooth transfer isn't really needed. Literally, no one uses Bluetooth for sharing files nowadays.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31749; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My wish list is clear as day.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that video is totally full of innovations... /s

7. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

All I want is a file manager.

9. Cyberchum

Posts: 1127; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Wait… iOS has no file manager? That's a hellova platform…for kids. Great!

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"That's a hellova platform…for kids. Great!" Of course, anything which iOS lacks is for kids... LMFAO. No file manager... really!!!

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4373; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lose the Tim Cook parental controls over the device. I don't need my hand held as I journey down the internet simple minded people do and that's ok. iPhone is for those people and keeps them well protected but for those that can take care of ourselves in a real grwom up world I want privacy and data sharing as an option out option so that iOS can be a driver of convenience. Not just a Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat medium.

10. monoke

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Gawd I absolutely hated iTunes when I was using iphone! Why must they insist people use that crap?

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

yeah I KR?

23. iushnt

Posts: 3174; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

If you use third party media player, you don't require iTunes.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What I don't understand about Apple or Google is, both are using operating system founded on NIX-based platforms. I understand stripping put useless code, that don;t work well for reason like, device side. But the iPad should have windowing apps, drop-n-drag, a much better copy/paste system, floating windows and more. I don;t understand what Apple is doing with their own UI and the seem to not either. They haven't even brought FT to the iPad yet. What are they waiting for? Too expensive? This is why I criticize them because they already have Mac OS X. How can you not bring the benefits of the desktop to your own mobile device. In fact, just drop IOS for the iPad period. Its big enough to run OS X. OS X doesn't need to be made special for touch. Windows runs perfect on a tablet and even if the UI was not changed for touch, everything works identical to using a mouse. For what the iPad costs, it should be running OS X, at least on the 9.7" model and the Pro model. Keep the Mini and just put iOS on that and replace y=the iPod Touch which hasn't see n a real upgrade in what feels like a century. They make only 2 products basically with iOS, and yet they don't provide any separation of the 2. If this an ARM limitation? Or is Apple being lazy? Because even Windows on ARM was very limited on the early Surface models, but it still did more than IOS does. Though not by much.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes Apple Drive needs an app that lets you move files from any iOS device or Mac. Google Drive, OneDrive, DropBox and others all offer this capability. Come on Apple, there are more than kids that use IOS.

15. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012


17. xperian

Posts: 421; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Everyone wants all the fancy stuff and more functionality. I want: -Fixed text selection in safari. It is hard to select a link when it tries to select the whole paragraph -Native webm video support in safari -Ability to lock apps with touch id, or a guest mode -Unlock immediately after scanning the finger. Sometimes you have to press home again to unlock -Improve swipe from the bottom recognition to open control center -Single screen control center

18. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Mouse support, proper HDMI scaling output and !third party keyboards with number row!.

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3183; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

We have a winner!! A file manager would be most welcome as well.

21. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1600; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Just take more features from Samsung's galaxy tablets, seems to help sell the iPad.

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