The month of May will reveal some new features of the upcoming version of Android at Google’s I/O event. However, Apple will also unveil its next update for iOS at the WWDC in June and, unlike Google, Apple prefers to keep its stuff secret until the official unveiling happens. So far, we have been expecting some basic features such as a Dark mode and slight UI redesign for the iPhones. For iPads, it was known that a PC-like multi-window feature will come. And now, it seems that another feature could push the iPad closer to a computer.
According to a post from Steve Toughton-Smith, the upcoming iOS 13 update could bring a host of improvements to the iPad. The major one will be support for a mouse with USB connection. Users will able to plug in USB mouse and get a desktop-like experience on their iPads. This could be a mighty relief for those who depend on iPads a lot for their work. However, the mouse support could be only available as an Accessibility feature.
Along with the mouse support, iOS 13 will also bring support for app windows. The feature is expected to be similar to Samsung’s app windows on its Galaxy Tab devices. As of now, iOS 12 also allows multitasking but in a restricted way – users can only open up to three applications simultaneously. With the windowing support, iPad Pro users could surely benefit the most, especially with an Apple Pencil.
Apart from the iPad, Steve also had a few other features to share. macOS will also get an update and it will be able to run iOS apps. This means that Mac users will have access to world-class apps from iOS and be able to enhance their productivity on a Mac or MacBook. Another announcement will be related to iTunes where Apple could possibly discontinue it in favour of Apple Music.
With the iPad getting support for external mouse and app windows, Apple will be pushing the iPad closer to a computer. For a few years, Apple has been framing the iPad as a laptop replacement but has restricted it highly with iOS’ limited accessibility. With support for plugging in an external mouse and multiple app windows, iPads could finally stand a chance to replace a proper laptop.