The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference and, as always in the lead up to the event, the rumor mill is churning away. A report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman that Apple will reveal some big updates for iPadOS 16. Apple has long been trying to position the iPad as , and the software changes will seemingly nudge the device further in that direction.
Gurman's sources say iPadOS 16 will have a revamped multitasking interface, including more resizing options. Currently, users can run apps in full screen or side by side in Split View. The Slide Over function allows you to bring in a narrower version of a third app as well. The next version of iPadOS will seemingly make it easier to move between apps and see which ones you have open too.
To add fuel to the fire, developer Steve Troughton-Smith last week spotted code in WebKit which indicates that Apple may allow for freely resizable windows in iPadOS.
I know better than to get excited about improvements to iPad, because we’ve been burned so many times…— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) May 26, 2022
But WebKit just added infrastructure for a ‘multitasking mode’ on iOS that sure looks like it’s a system toggle that enables freely-resizable windows https://t.co/NBNGhHiaxB
Improved multitasking options and resizable apps will be very welcome for many users. Folks have long been able to use keyboards with the iPad and Apple added full mouse and trackpad support two years ago. Whether the mooted iPadOS updates will actually help the device become a laptop killer remains to be seen, but it's clear Apple hasn't given up on the idea.
Also during Monday's keynote, we'll surely get a look at what's next for the iPhone, Mac and Apple Watch operating systems. Gurman previously reported that iOS 16 will introduce more health-tracking features, and support for (which is expected to only be available on at first). A refreshed lock screen may include widgets, which Messages is believed to be getting more features as well.