Comment: the Multitasking on the iPad should borrow from Mac, don’t re-invent the wheel

There is an interesting concept, the last week, exploring possible improvements to the multitasking on the iPad.

The argument advanced by Ryan Christoffel was that the multitasking features of the iPad, the lack of detection, and are unnecessarily difficult to use, even once you know how they work.

I think he was quite right, and I like the context menu idea. However, I also think that we should not necessarily reinvent the wheel when it comes to a multitasking user interface…

Christophe said:

I think it is quite correct. I doubt that the average non-geek iPad owner even knows that the Split View and Drag it to exist. Or, if they do, they have probably discovered by accident, and has struggled to take out the modes.

I love the functionality enabled by the iPad’s multitasking, but the current system is unnecessarily complex […]

The current multitasking system is to drag the application icons, far away from their location in the dock, on the Home screen or in the Search, and dropping them to different locations on the screen to enter Split mode or Drag On the modes. This system can be effective once you’ve mastered it, but the vast majority of users of the iPad will never do.

I think he was quite right, and I like the context menu idea. However, I also think that we should not necessarily reinvent the wheel when it comes to a multitasking user interface…

The gestures are faster, and while completely non-intuitive, they are easy to remember once you’re used to them, I would not like to take away. They can effectively be the power user of the option: the iPad equivalent of keyboard shortcuts.

I love the functionality enabled by the iPad’s multitasking, but the current system is unnecessarily complex […]

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