We are less than a week from the (supposed) presentation of the new iPads Pro, but a question still hangs in the air: will Apple keep the iOS untouched on these devices or will it introduce even more changes so that the new tablets take a step further in the quest to become increasingly capable substitutes for a laptop?
The definitive answers will not be known until 10/30, but, until he arrives, we can delight in this beautiful concept created by the designer Kévin Eugène – the same one highlighted by us a few months ago with a special concept for Siri.
The first of the novelties imagined by Eugène is precisely a reinvention of the assistant on the iPad. It would get its own icon in the Dock and have an interface more like macOS, with a small window in the upper right corner showing the results of its commands. Just as in the concept that we announced earlier, it would also be more proactive: it would be possible, for example, to drag elements (such as images or links) directly from your interface to a document or email.
The little window Crab it would also have an expansion bar that, when slid, would make the assistant occupy the entire right portion of the screen for enlarged results. If inactive for a few seconds, the window would “hide” in the corner of the screen and it would be possible to dismiss it with a quick swipe of the finger to the right.
The concept also gives extra abilities to the start bar (which should reach iPad Pro due to the supposed extinction of the Start button). Here, it would be a fundamental element of a new feature called Flow, which would come to replace the Slide Over and would allow three apps to be placed side by side – you would simply slide your finger on the bar to go “from corner to corner” on the screen.
To activate full screen mode in the last active app, just double-tap the bar (and another two to return to the previous view). Finally, multitasking would work in the same way as on the iPhones X / XS / XS Max, by dragging the bar slightly upwards and holding it.
In the designer’s imagination, the Dock could also have some additional uses in the iPad Pro: it would be possible, for example, to drag some elements (such as a location, a link or an image) to save them there temporarily. The area would also gain a new icon with a Transfer area special: when opening it, a small window popup would show all recently copied items for quick access.
They are indeed very good ideas – and they only make me more excited to see what Apple has up its sleeves for next week. Will we see something like that in the keynote? Hope so.