I’m reading many comments these days of people frustrated because Apple hasn’t announced further plans for iOS 4 on the iPad. We know it’s going to ship this fall, but we don’t know anything more than that. So people seem to think that Apple doesn’t care about the iPad, now that the iPhone 4 is available and they’re having some hard times convincing customers that it works just fine and all the issues will be fixed with a software update.
I’ll tell you what, you’re wrong.
Here’s the thing: iOS 4 on the iPad is not what you think. It won’t be a simple porting of the iPhone version. Sure it will look similar and will share the same base structure, but remember - we’re talking about two different platforms. A phone and a tablet, and seriously - you can’t think iOS 4 will just be bigger and scaled for the iPad.
Let’s talk about multitasking: on the iPhone, you double-click the home button and a drawer slides up. It works great on the iPhone screen, but what about the iPad? Are you sure the same experience would work fine on a tablet? Now think about it: MobileMe is getting redesigned, and it’s starting to look very, very similar to the iPad’s counterparts of its apps. Mail and Calendar already got redesigned.
There’s something else about the new MobileMe that intrigues me: the way you switch between applications. You click on the app’s icon, a translucent window pops in and allows you to switch between apps. If you ask me, double-clicking the home button on the iPad and tapping around on the same translucent window would be great. I mean, there’s plenty of space on that screen, so why implementing a simple bigger version of the iPhone drawer?
We could go on listing differences between iPhone and iPad for hours. But truth is, we just don’t know what to expect. I just know Apple will surprise us once again, and I can’t wait.
It’s going to be one hell of an update.