Apple is doubtless hard at work on iOS 16, and concept artist Kevin Kal has suggestions that many iPhone users will agree with.
He created a video to demonstrate the proposed changes, including Split View, interactive widgets and more.
iOS 16 concept has the features we’re hoping for
Kevin Kal is a French designer with a long history of dreaming up concepts under the name the Hacker 34. “I build concepts for people to be excited about design and also [maybe even] inspire Apple,” Kal told Cult of Mac.
For iOS 16, he suggests taking carrying Split View over from iPadOS to iPhone. The two applications could sit above/below, an arrangement that seems practical on a 6.5-inch iPhone Max display. Or one could float atop another.
Kal also recommends moving the Dock to the right edge of the screen, where it would be available at any time. And used for multitasking.
In addition, the iOS 16 concept includes interactive widgets, a feature once rumored for iOS 15. Currently, widgets give fast access to useful information but can’t be used to control the iPhone. Plus, widgets and application icons can be placed anywhere on the Home screen in the proposal.
A feature Kal might have suggested but did not is better support for landscape mode — the iOS 15 Home screen doesn’t support it at all. The designer does hope for an always-on iPhone display. And icon packs so users can easily replace the default app icons with ones they prefer.
The Hacker 34 sums up his iOS 16 concept by saying, “Say hello to more customization with interactive widgets & icons, simpler multitasking, Crypto Wallet integrated to Apple Pay, Always on display with Smart Context, all new Control Center in addition to better performance, stability and battery life.”
iOS 15 has been out for almost three months and Apple is expected to unveil the replacement in another five months. We’ll likely learn whether the iPhone-maker took any of Kal’s suggestions at WWDC 2022 in early June.