2018 iPad Pros are the best tablets you can buy right now. They are more powerful than most computers, including some MacBooks and iMacs, according to benchmark tests, and have a fantastic potential. The new iOS tablets can easily replace computers for most needs, but they are still not real portable or desktop options.
I'd love an iPad Pro experience that was more like what MacOS has to offer, but that's not where Apple's IOS is on its way. Apple has always maintained that it does not make touchscreen laptops and that it does not intend to merge iOS and macOS. But a developer has just proved that it is not that difficult to include one of the best things in MacOS ̵
To Live Left, who built the Codea coding app for iPad, came up with the following Mac style menus on iOS while looking to customize the user interface of the iPhone application:
While creating the universal version of the app, the codes a big user problem. The smaller screen on the iPhone does not provide enough space for the various menu items required for encoding:
For simple applications, menus are not necessary and is great.
But Codea is not a simple app, and there is nothing I can do about it.
It can be discovered. Compared to all the options I reviewed, menus are exactly what can be detected. You pull down a list of named features complete with hotkeys (if the keyboard is attached). Then activate it by pressing it, or by dragging your finger and dropping out.
So they encoded a macOS-style menu bar for iOS. The result is a beautiful menu bar on an iPhone app that looks like this:
Yes, it looks like overkill for the iPhone, But two lives again created this menu for the iPhone version of the app, which requires many menu items. But the same menus can work very well in any iOS app, regardless of the screen size. The iOS menu bar also looks amazing and shows that you can easily copy the macOS menu bar to deliver an iPad Pro user interface that would actually allow many people to dive computers for the benefit of iPads.
Conversely, the same type of design would allow Apple to create MacBooks with the touch screen if it ever wanted to go down that route.
Apple is working on ARM-based MacBooks, reports reports, but they will still run versions of macOS. On the other hand, existing and future Macs will run iOS apps, no matter what chips they have. Apple has already confirmed the feature back at WWDC 2018, and the first such apps are already available in Mojave – the new home and Apple News apps are two such examples.
IOS 13, already in testing at Apple, is expected to bring more improvements to the iPad user interface, though it is far too early to wonder what will make it the final iOS 13 release.