iPadOS 15 wishlist - Top features we want to see on iPad
I've always been a huge iPad fan as I'm sure many of you reading are. With that in mind, I want to see the iPad evolve beyond being just an oversized phone, instead becoming a true PC replacement for its users, as intended.
In late 2019 iPadOS 13 was split from iOS 13, which was a good step forward and brought us the Files app and desktop-class browsing, among other well-needed features. However, in 2020 iPadOS 14 didn't really bring much to the table, so here's hoping iPadOS 15 is the big one.
And while we wait for its official announcement and release later this year, we present to you our feature wishlist for iPadOS 15.
Do you also have ideas and wishes for iPadOS 15?
Feel free to share them in the comments below!
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Instagram and other iPhone apps to open in Slide Over
Certain apps, most notably Instagram, never got full iPad support, thus when you launch them they jarringly flip the screen to portrait orientation, even if it's locked in landscape. It seems like a no-brainer to instead just have Instagram and apps like it open in Slide Over view, which is essentially a phone screen-size popup.
This way such apps will look just as intended and won't disrupt your workflow by changing the screen orientation. As of right now, Apple doesn't allow non-optimized apps to open this way or in Split View, but here's hoping we'll be able to in iPadOS 15.
An improved Files app
The iPad Files app is great, very handy, but still missing a few basic features. Its image browser doesn't offer the option to delete a file yet, while the music preview in Files doesn't even show how long a song is.
Also we should be able to access Photos and Music files via the Files app, instead of having to switch between it and those two apps. If the iPad is really meant to replace a computer, Apple needs to stop having this phone operating system mentality, where everything needs an app and can't be accessed otherwise.
Letting us access more files via the Files app will add to a better, and more importantly PC-like file management.
Support for multiple users
It's baffling that this is still not a feature on the iPad. Is it because Apple expects us to buy iPads for each individual person in the family, instead of sharing one or two?
Currently, if you're sharing your iPad with your parents, kids or friends, you just have to hope that they'd be cool with respecting your privacy, won't read your messages, spend your money on apps and subscriptions or accidentally delete anything valuable. Your home screen and logins essentially become public.
At the very least, there should be the option for a separate iPad kids account with its own home screen and apps.
Multiple windowed apps and always visible dock
Right now on iPadOS 14 you can only run two apps in Split View, although there's a clunky solution to getting one more in Slide Over and perhaps even a video in a popup window. However, this is rather cumbersome and far from an optimal multitasking experience.
Instead, let us use at least four apps in windowed mode with support for intelligent window snapping to screen corners and sides, for true desktop-like multitasking.
And with that, I'd like to have the option for the iPad app dock to always be visible, saving us one extra gesture when switching between apps. In addition, make the dock smaller so it takes less vertical screen space, or let us resize it freely.
MacOS on iPad
In its current state, iPadOS will not replace most users' Windows PC or Mac, because iPadOS is arguably just a glorified phone operating system, only running phone apps. I've attempted to use the iPad as my main computer many times over the years and it never worked long-term, for that reason alone – it's lacking the desktop apps that I need.
Nowadays the new M1 MacBooks are running full MacOS on an ARM-based chip, so in theory MacOS can also be modified to run on the iPad. And with that, the iPad will truly replace our computers, there'd be no argument against it. Just get a keyboard case and a mouse and you'll be ready to go.
But does Apple really want your iPad to replace your MacBook? Of course not. Apple wants to sell you both products. And I'm guessing that would be a main reason why MacOS on iPad might never happen, despite it making perfect sense for the creative consumer.
In any case, we can't lose hope just yet. It's the 2020s and anything is possible. Imagine being able to switch between iPadOS and MacOS on the fly.
Xcode for iPad
This one is for the developers. In order for them to create apps for MacOS, iOS and iPadOS, they use Apple's Xcode software. Unfortunately, Xcode is still only available on macOS.
I've seen this request shared again and again and totally understand why. As an aspiring developer, I've also mentioned in prior iPad articles that I'd love to be able to develop on my iPad.
Of course, I'd rather just have MacOS and all of its apps run on iPad, as mentioned earlier. But even just getting Xcode would be a good sign from Apple that more desktop apps might make it to the tablet.
Many iPad power users have likely experienced the occasional bug here and there. Most often (albeit definitely not on a daily basis) I experience the screen orientation refusing to change, despite being unlocked.
An additional bug I've noticed is that when attempting to drag and drop images from my cloud app to the Files app, sometimes it simply won't work and nothing will happen. So I have to select the images again, drag and drop them a second time.
Of course, minor bugs are barely worth mentioning, but I thought I'd share the two I face most often.
What about you? Do you have wishes and expectations for iPadOS 15? Share them with us in the comments below!