Floating app windows could be coming to iPad. Finally.


Floating app windows could be coming to iPad. Finally.
Apple is allegedly working to make this dream into a reality.
Illustration: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

iPad users will soon be able to work with applications in floating windows, if an unconfirmed report is correct. This is a highly requested feature from those who want Apple’s tablet to function more like a Mac.

iPadOS will supposedly offer something like tablet mode and laptop mode depending on how it is being used.

iPad might get floating app windows

“Apple is developing a smart system for iPadOS,” claims tipster Marin Bu in a tweet. “Apps will continue to open full screen but automatically shrink when connected to keyboard and trackpad. Internally it is called Apple Mixer.”

Marin Bu isn’t able to say whether the the feature will launch in 2022 with the next OS version. “We don’t know if it will be included in iPadOS 16 or not,” they state

In addition to a keyboard and trackpad, the feature will require one of Apple’s more powerful processors. “It should be M1 iPad exclusive,” says the tipster. But most Apple tablets meet that qualification, now that iPad Air 5 has the same M1 processor as iPad Pro.

They provide an image showing iPadOS applications in floating windows, similar to macOS.

Marin Bu isn’t a well-known source of insider Apple info, but they are working to build a reputation.


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