iOS 11 Concept for iPad Envisions System-Wide Drag & Drop, Finder, Shelf, and More

Apple is going to preview iOS 11 along with other OS updates at its annual developers conference next month and we fully expect the mobile operating system to include advances that should make the Apple tablet a better laptop replacement than it currently is.

Now, Federico Viticci of MacStories has published his iOS 11 wishlist for the iPad and a concept video to go along with it. His wishlist envisions using iOS 11 on the iPad to achieve a specific task: plan a holiday in Barcelona. The concept video then shows how the new system features in iOS 11 like system-wide drag ‘n’ drop, Shelf, multiple audio streams, Finder, and more help one achieve that task easily on an iPad.
Viticci’s future of the iPad and iOS 11 is one that he envisions and it’s not necessarily the one that he expects Apple to implement. However, the new features shown in the concept video are pretty much a necessity for the iPad now if Apple wants to transform it into a computing device instead of it being the primary content consumption device for many. With Split View, bringing system-wide drag ‘n’ drop functionality is almost a necessity now as it will make sharing content between apps easier. Similarly, while Slide Over and Split View are handy features to have, the poor app picker implementation makes them a chore to use sometimes.
“All the pieces of the current system—iCloud Drive, the document picker and document providers—should be unified into a single Finder app and system-wide layer available everywhere,” said MacStories.

MacStories notes:
With a new set of APIs and user permissions, iOS 11 could allow apps to more easily open each other’s documents in complex (but intuitive) workflows that aren’t possible today.
And, obviously, automation could play a role in this down the road, opening the door to ideas such as folder-monitoring utilities and file automation either via Workflow or Hazel-like apps.
 So what do you think ?



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