iOS 13 concept shows how iPad file management ought to work


iOS 13 files app iPad mount an external drive
Having an iPad mount an external drive isn’t asking for too much, is it?
Photo: Daniel Korpai

A new concept video imagines Apple’s tablet without the limitations on file management that frustrate so many iPad users. In it, the designer combines his re-imagined iOS Files app with earlier work improving multitasking.

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The video was created by Daniel Korpai, a professional product designer. He said “Over the last couple of months, I felt really frustrated by the current limitations of iOS on the iPad, so instead of complaining, I decided to look at it as a design challenge and try to come up with better alternative solutions.”

Korpai isn’t asking for iOS to be remade into macOS. Instead, he’s proposing some reasonable changes to iOS 13 to add additional features.

Finder for iPad

The designer joins the chorus of voices who’d like Apple’s tablet to be able to mount external drives. The addition of a USB-C port to the 2018 iPad Pro provided the necessary hardware, but the Files application in iOS 12 still can’t connect to them.

Korpai‘s concept goes on to request that Apple transfer many of the basic file management capabilities from macOS to iOS 13. That includes the ability to view files as a list and in columns, not just a grid. And the designer asks for files previews with Quick Look, too.

Enhanced iPad split-screen multitasking

More robust file management isn’t the only enhancement this designer recommends. He’d like to see improvements to on-screen multitasking in iOS 13 as well.

iPad users have been able to easily work with two applications on screen for several years. But Split View is currently limited to a pair, with a third that can slide in over on top of one of them.

Korpai‘ s concept video brings that number up to three on the screen at the same time. And he’d keep the slide-over option, allowing a fourth app to appear temporarily. He also suggests having even more open applications available off the left-and-right edges of the display.

iOS 13 split-view multitasking proposal
Larger iPads should be able to display three applications at once.
Photo: Daniel Korpai



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