The incredible idea of being able to have a main menu in iPadOS
Some details of iOS 14 begin to leak a few months after the WWDC 2020 telematics. Big changes are expected to come to iPadOS while iOS will continue to advance, leaving behind great lines that defined it for years. However, nothing is certain concepts begin to appear on the networks. Some advocate capturing leaks and others innovating. In this case that we are going to show you, they include a main menu on iPad OS. An accessible and common menu for all applications, fully customizable that would give life to an operating system that wants to increasingly turn the iPad into a real alternative to the computer.
A main menu in iPadOS? It’s not a bad idea
This concept brings the main menu we know and love from the Mac to the iPad. It maintains the many advantages of a written menu, redesigned with touch devices in mind.
The main menu of all programs in macOS is located at the top, just like in Windows, and the main settings are modified taking into account the structure and control of this menu. Nevertheless, in iPadOS all the settings and options hover around the screen being able to access them through different elements in a tactile way. The integration of a Magic Keyboard, trackpads and external mice take it one step further: welcome a menu in iPadOS.
This concept by Alexander Kaessner shows a main menu in iPadOS located on the dock. Therefore, the screen would be divided into three layers: the menu, the dock and the application. The existence of this tool can be powerful for three reasons, as its designer comments:
- All functions can be in one place.
- Consistency and structure are given to many hitherto imprecise configurations.
- More complex tools can be developed without hesitating where to insert them: empower applications.
This menu could be accessed, as we have already said, through the dock or through a gesture pressing with three fingers at the same time on the screen. Once deployed, we would see that it is structured in two columns. A first column with the main options (copy, paste, cut, etc.) and access to the application’s own settings. These would appear in the second column and would be fully configurable thanks to a kit that Apple would make available to users. The using a trackpad or mouse It would make this menu more fluid, although it is also designed to be used using the touch screen.
Another problem that we could have is the Split-View mode. This mode allows you to have two applications at once on the screen. What would the menu do then? It would be divided into two different spaces and we could access the settings of each custom app by sliding to one side and the other interacting with both apps at the same time.
We can also see other functions of this main menu such as unbind certain configurations. For example, imagine that we are in Pages formatting a document (bold, italic, underlined). Instead of selecting a sentence and opening the menu to apply formatting, we can unbox the formatting options from the menu and leave them floating above the document itself, allowing greater agility in the task.