One of the big “wow” moments when Apple unveiled the new iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard was the way it incorporated a new type of slider. In an interview with Techcrunch, Apple’s senior vice president Craig Federighi explains how the company did it.
In some ways, work on the new iPad OS slider started with the updated Apple TV interface in 2015. If you’ve noticed any similarities between how the slider behaves on iPad OS and how it works on Apple TV, you are not alone. There is the familiar “jump” from one point of interest to another, for example, and the slight shine of a button when you move your finger while “hovering” over it. “There was a process to determine exactly how various elements would work together,” says Federighi. “We knew we wanted a very tactile cursor that did not convey an unnecessary level of precision. We knew that we had a development experience similar to Apple TV that we could enjoy in a delicious way. We knew that when we were processing text, we wanted to provide a better sense of feedback. “” Part of what I love so much about what happened with iPadOS is how we drew inspiration from so many sources. The experience builds on our work on tvOS, years of work on the Mac, and the origins of the iPhone X and early iPads, creating something new that feels really natural for iPad. “