Saturday , April 17 2021

iOS 13 and beyond: the future of the iPhone and iPad

iOS is no longer simple, the main operating system Steve Jobs for the first time in January 2007 with the original iPhone.

But it's still not the sophisticated, centric operating system that appeals to it, as Steve Jobs showed it back in January 2010 on the original iPad.

Some want to keep iOS simple and affordable as a device. Others want to turn it into a Mac.

Both are wrong. And myopic. There is a third time that allows iOS to continue with its core mission but also take it to the next level in a way that will lead everyone forward.


There was a rumor that a faction within Apple thought iOS 6 was all that the iPhone or iPad would need. The stability of the icon objects is the only way to start the screen, and the Home button evacuation cover is the only way to remove anxiety in the application, photorealistic shelves and billiard tables are the only way to provide context and features and features similar to AirDrop … just too complicated and confusing that ever ship.

This thinking is rooted in the true desire to keep iPhone and iPad accessible to everyone, not just to existing computer elites. But you can not fire the tables or give them a barbecue.

It was the fatal flaw that not only supported iOS back but also allowed Android to get faster, earlier than it could have happened.


Now there is a view that the best and easiest way to develop iOS is simply to turn it into a Mac. Transfer the Finder to the surface of the file system, add the menu bar to access more features, activate the pointer so that we can include a mouse or trackpad or just let me in MacOS already.

This thinking is rooted in how many Mac users love the hardware of the iPhone and iPad and want the hardware to allow them not only to do what Mac does but also the way they are used for Mac. And if you nod with your head for all this, I feel you because I too nod. But this is a faster horse in what is to become the era of ships.

The fact that the clutter of the current solutions we think we need, not to point out the problems we have that can and must be resolved in new and new ways, is the fatal flaws that make Windows dominate the modern era of mobile devices.

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Apple has made major fundamental changes to iOS before. Multi-tasking both original and improved, continuity and especially extensibility, Apple's and Swift file system, multi-window and drag-and-drop, Proactivity and Shortcuts. Everything was based on what had come before, but also re-imagined what was to come. This is the third time.

The one that allows iOS to be iOS rather than Mac is certainly not Chrome or Android. But it forces him into the future where he can stand alone and no one thinks he needs a Mac, except for the scale of work or productivity, or Android, except for personal preference.

Here's what I think Apple should do to take iOS to the next level. What, why, and yes, in violation of their own rules, some ideas on how.

Screen Lock

Apple Watch provides rich information, on request, through complications. With them, not only time, day and date, but everything from temperature to your next meeting, stock prices to the current level of activity are instantly available. There are also the apps behind them, like Apple's and many of the App Store.

A variety of Android phones also do so. Some of them are constantly showing up permanently.

Unlike notifications that give you information about events, complications are always available, cool, go out, available whenever you want. And that makes a huge improvement in convenience.

The iPhone now has time, day and date information as well as flashlight and camera for action. But the full sophistication system would allow everything that Apple Watch and Android have. In the era of machine training, perhaps more.

Thanks to technologies like Face ID and Attention, which can drastically limit data that can be noticed until you are recognized as you, it can be activated first.

Privacy of GuestBoard / App

If I hand my iPhone to a stranger who has to make an emergency call or an iPad to a colleague from a trade show who has to look for something on the web, I also give them access to my personal photos, contacts, health data, meetings, search history and location, etc.

macOS has had a guest mode for a while, limiting strangers to the Safari shell. iOS, despite rumors that the idea has been discarded before, it does not.

GuestBoard, who would sit between the outgoing PreBoard and SpringBoard, will do something similar to the iPhone and iPhone – will allow for emergency calls or will look for something in the shell of the browser without giving access to anything else.

App verification or switching of a person's ID, touch ID or password in the settings for each app, how you can switch to notifications at this time, will take longer – allowing you to transmit a device without allowing access to all of your personal , personal data.

I know there is some concern about how the password appears there, which is why Secure Notes is so limited and strange right now, but for a company focused on security and privacy as Apple, considering that the level of security and confidentiality should be a priority,

New home screen

Everyone wants a new home screen, but few seem to have specific ideas about what it should be like. The existing home screen has always been designed to be a portal rather than a destination. Never use the home screen, just click on one of the icons, which is always where you got used to finding it, and then went to the apps.

That's why gadgets are in the Today view, but they do not clog the portal, but they can only ever break into or out of the lock screen, home screen, or while using an application.

Since apps exceeded a screen or average cognitive load, Apple added search with Spotlight and Suggested applications. But they were also hidden, though there were no sabots, and conversely, accelerators.

One day Siri and other assistants will allow us to call up any functionality when and when it is needed even if we do not have any applications installed. This future is clear as Apple launches extensibility and has started destroying binary applications in iOS 8.

For now, something that is different from the applicability of the recommended apps above to the dock's consistency at the bottom, or vice versa, when the ML game becomes really robust, and iPad might emphasize workspaces, the style of mission-over application management would be a good start .

ThemeKit + FontKit

Everyone wants dark mode until they get it. I'm kidding, of course. The dark mode of all things. But really, no. Dark mode is a binary solution to a multimodal problem. Better than being able to switch between day and night that you can already do with smart inversion, you create a stable framework so that third-party systems and applications can either recognize your global preferences or allow you to easily set things up by application base.

I take for ThemeKit, where instead of UIKit going from blue-gray to charcoal to bright white, from pin strips to lingerie to flat, it can support a number of choices, somewhat like CSS allows websites.

This way you can have bright modes and dark modes, but also color modes, cold modes and hot modes. And they can be applied to any application that uses the default controllers, but it also allows each application to perform and offer its own themes in a standardized, consistent, elegant way.

The same applies to fonts. Adobe Photoshop is about to deliver on iOS without system support for fonts. They will not doubt that they will download their own TypeKit stuff from the cloud, but that will only begin to solve the problem for them, not for us.

FontKit. System level and system. From the company that boasted Maca's beautiful faces and start-up driving, what could be more natural?


I have said many times that I think that siriOS is the future and will ultimately solve many of the other problems I outline here. But not all. We will need visual, even tactile, interfaces as part of and with our helpers.

And yes, Siri still has a lot of problems that Apple needs to solve, but I've already covered them so much, I'll just keep going …

Default Apps

If you use anything other than iOS apps, you will effectively become a second level iOS citizen. Install Outlook or Chrome or Fantastical or Google Maps, and touching external links will take you to embedded applications.

Apple allows you to set default ways for messaging or contact calls, and internet giants like Google hacked ways to move between their own apps, but none of this is as simple or smooth as the right application by default.

Now we have a lot to consider here, including how embedded mail and web views work in other applications, and how Siri sends emails or searches on the web. Apple has decided on some of these applications in some applications, such as Calendar and Contacts, by creating universal databases from which all other applications can write and read. But it will not work for any application.

I know some people think that Apple will never allow default apps to be changed on iOS because they do not think they can compete with Google apps. But Google is doing great services, not big apps.

Some people will have to use things like Outlook to work, others will prefer Fantastical for functionality or taste, but if you have to compete for a default status, it will make Apple make your apps better and faster. And use everything from machine training to take away all the work and hard work to the privacy that prevents the abuse of your Big Internet data so that after every lock it becomes a real victory. For everyone.

Multi-Window for iPhone

Apple has introduced a multi-window for iPad in iOS 9. But while the iPhone gets the basics of dragging and dropping into iOS 11 – seriously, try it with the icons on the home screen – still does not offer you the ability to interact with more than one application at a time.

It is not shoulder-to-shoulder or many layers as the large iPad screen allows, but at least a picture in the media picture and two applications arranged top and bottom when they are useful.

I have said it before, but the human brain is not great when switching the context. It is too easy to lose our thought. The availability of two applications simultaneously, and the ability to drag and drop and copy or simply forward between them not only doubles productivity. He multiplies it.

Especially if application navigation has been redesigned so as not to bring the main controls closer to the bottom, where they are more easily accessible to ever-growing phones, but where they are more easily hidden or collapsed when you're on split screen experience.

External navigation

Everyone wants a touch screen Mac, but they also want a mouse or a trackpad on the iPad, so they do not have to touch the screen. Whether you decide to see that people are capricious and controversial, or as options that are important and the context is a king, they probably reveal a lot about how you see the future of these products.

Apple, known for this, does not include the arrow keys on the original Mac. But they did it on the extra keyboard accessory. And they certainly did later keyboards. Still, the story is that when you do not have arrows, it forces people to try and then to master something new – the mouse. Instead of sticking to something old.

People have already had many years of experience with multitouch, we have tried it. We have learned it. So adding support to pointers and arrows does not take away anything. It just adds something: efficiency.

Again, people are not great at switching the context. So, if you use an external keyboard, it's simply more effective to keep your hands there and use the arrow keys and the trackpad to navigate. In other words, if you use the iPad as a MacBook, it is most effective to use it as a MacBook.

The pointer concept will have to be added to iOS, beyond the cursor, except for AppleTV's FocusUI, but if Apple intends to deliver an ARM based iB, it will probably need it.

Support an external device

Switching iPad Pro to USB-C opens it for any external accessories, from displays to keyboards, and more. But not all. External storage, for example, "does not work". You can not turn it on and recognize it from the Files app. You need to find a specific app that supports it.

Adding external storage support to Files is an obvious solution, but not complete. The finding of the Finder is equally incomplete and worse, regressive.

There will always be more and more accessories and waiting for iOS updates to add support for them, it does not scale. Unless and while iOS does not turn into a service that simply streams updates bits all the time, like Chrome. But if this is even on the horizon, it is not on the horizon of this planet. At least not yet.

Instead, something like driver extensions, where vendors can unify drivers into a safe, secure, privacy-aware application that can continue and work at a system level can increase infinitely.

And not only in a way that serves the technology media and echo camera for complaints but in a way that serves artists and craftsmen, scientists and technicians. And, ultimately, it serves the iPhone and iPad, allowing it to grow even outside Apple.


Now I have focused on large, architectural, potentially transforming new features here. A few weeks ago I mentioned other things like night vision and pencil support for the iPhone. Over the years, I've also mentioned AR Maps, Contact-level VIP, Xcode for iPad, making iCloud Photos the first replacement for Instagram, and the list goes on and on.

We can see some of these things in iOS 13, but it started to get right again when the iOS 12 was delivered and it was long tightened for WWDC beta in June.

So now it is not about this. This is next. The near future, but also the future. And prepare iOS for it.


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