When Apple announced iPadOS 15 as part of WWDC21 last week, many noticed that many of the “professional” features that some users were using and are bringing them to the masses.
Matthew Panzarino by TechCrunch sat down for an interview with Bob Borchers, Apple Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing, and Sebastien (Seb) Marineau-Mes, Vice President of Intelligent Systems Experience, to discuss iPadOS 15 and what it means for users and developers.
Multitasking on the iPad, although a welcome addition when Apple originally released iPadOS, which was a feature that I really had to discover. This made the feature accessible to professional users and left most of the regular users without the feature due to its complexity. Borchers says the goal of iPadOS 15 was to make it easily visible so that all iPad users could enjoy the feature.
“I think you have it, but the way we think about this is that stepping up and multitasking makes it easier to discover, easier to use, and even more powerful. And, even though I think the pros were the ones using multitasking in the past, we really want to take it more broadly because we think there is applicability for many, many people. And that’s why I think discovery and ease of use was critical. “
One of the best demos that Apple showed with iPadOS 15 was Universal Control, which allows the user to drag the cursor between their Mac and their iPad as if by magic. Marineau-Mes says the feature was the natural next step for continuity and the sidecar, two other technologies that took steps to make Mac and iPad use along with a more seamless experience.
“It really builds on the foundation we made with Continuity and Sidecar … We really thought a lot about how to make the experience, the setup experience, as seamless as possible. How do you find out that you have devices next door?
With iPadOS 15, Apple also announced that developers can now create iPhone and iPad apps directly on iPad with Swift Playgrounds. Marineau-Mes says this will open up a whole new workflow for new and existing developers.
“If you’re a developer … it’s actually more productive to be able to run that app on the device you’re working on because you really get great fidelity. And with the project format open, you can go back and forth between Xcode and Playgrounds. Like this which, as Bob said, we can really imagine people using this to do a lot of rapid prototyping on the fly without having to carry the rest of their development environment, so we think it’s a really powerful addition to our tools. development this year. “
You can read the full interview on TechCrunch. If you want to grab an iPad and start coding when iPadOS 15 launches this fall, check out our list of the best 2021 iPads.