iPhone 14 Pro Max should steal these features from the iPad

With its 6.7-inch screen, the iPhone 13 Pro Max And the 12 Pro Max It is the largest phone that Apple has ever released. rumor iPhone 14 Pro Maxwhich we will probably get to know in Big Apple event today (Verify Apple Event Live Blog For more), you are expected to maintain the same screen size. Although Apple’s “Pro Max” devices are much larger than the standard 6.1-inch devices iPhone 135.4 inches iPhone 13 mini and 4.7 inches iPhone SEthey still run the same software as the smaller Apple phones.

If only there were more ways Take advantage of the giant Pro Max screen. Fortunately, there is. Apple should take inspiration from the iPhone’s older cousin, the IPAD. Apple tablets are loaded with additional features that make apps easier to use on a larger screen. The company even renamed the iPad operating system iPadOS in 2019 to distinguish it from the iPhone’s iOS. The iPad interface has evolved so much at that point that it no longer makes sense to group the two suites of software together.

I’m not suggesting something as drastic as rebranding to “Pro Max OS”. But I think both Apple and its customers can benefit from new features designed specifically for larger iPhones. This may be even more important as Apple is rumored to launch Bigger version of iPhone 14 this year.

It will not be easy to do so. Adjustments must be made to bring iPad-specific features such as multitasking to iPhone Pro Max. But Apple already has a history of customizing apps and software for specific products, as proven with the iPad and Apple Watch. So I trust to do the same in this case.

Here are the iPad features that I think would translate well to the iPhone Pro Max.


Slide Over lets you open another iPad app in a column to the side of the screen.

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The iPhone Pro Max’s large screen is great for focusing on a single app, such as reading or watching TV. But I’d like to see a version of the iPad’s multitasking capabilities on the iPhone Pro Max as well. Being able to view more than one app at a time might prevent me from having to switch between apps often.

Apple offers two main options for running multiple apps on the iPad screen: Split View and Slide Over. The first is self-explanatory. It allows you to split the screen between two applications. Android phones have offered split screen mode for years. Slide Over is a little different. Instead of splitting the screen, you can open an app in a floating panel that can be placed on either side of the screen.

If Apple brings any of these features to the iPhone Pro Max, I think Slide Over will be more useful. Compared to Split View mode, it is a better way to take advantage of a screen the size of a smartphone. You will be able to dedicate most of the screen to one app while you quickly check another. I like to look at my Slack messages in a column along the side of the screen while using most of the iPhone screen to follow up on emails.

This is an example of an iPad feature that Apple will likely have to significantly modify for the iPhone instead of bringing the current version. The iPhone Pro Max is big for a phone, but it’s still small compared to the iPad — even the iPad Mini.

iPhone screen showing widgets

Gadgets on the iPhone can show a lot of information at a glance.

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One way Apple can do this is by formatting Slide Over apps like interactive widgets that you can view while another app is running. Widgets are actually designed to display a lot of information in a space that only takes up a small part of your phone screen. As such, it’s easy to imagine Slide Over widget-like apps that you can pin to any corner of your iPhone Pro Max screen.

However, getting the iPad’s multitasking features on the iPhone Pro Max is still a long way off. Part of the iPhone’s allure is that the software is consistent no matter which model you own, so I doubt Apple would compromise that. In the meantime, we’re stuck with a few specific features of the iPhone Pro Max that were already introduced for them iPhone 6 Plus. For example, default apps like Mail and Messages take advantage of the iPhone Pro Max’s larger screen in landscape mode to show a column of message previews alongside the currently displayed message.

We won’t get any iPhone Pro Max multitasking features In iOS 16Apple’s new iPhone software update arrives any day now. But the update will show revamped lock screen With tools to view more information at a glance. While the new lock screen is available on all supported models, I imagine it will add some extra features to the Pro Max’s larger screen.

Small Apple Pencil

Someone drawing on iPad Pro 2018 with Apple Pencil

The Apple Pencil is not compatible with the iPhone, but it should be.

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Yes, I know Steve Jobs famous irony The idea of ​​using a pen with a mobile device. But hear me out. The Apple Pencil has proven itself to be a valuable companion to the iPad over the past several years. Now it’s time to bring it to your iPhone Pro Max as an optional accessory.

I’m not the only one who wants an Apple Pencil that’s compatible with the iPhone. My colleague Patrick Holland has been begging for an Apple Pencil ever since Browse iPhone 12 Pro Max In 2020, he said the MagSafe Apple Pencil would be a “killer accessory.”

First, consider the iPhone Pro Max audience. It’s for people who want to pay the highest price for the biggest screen and best camera available on the iPhone. The Apple Pencil seems like a natural addition to the Pro Max, for both photographers and those who just want a giant screen.

I imagine those who frequently touch photos on their phones would benefit from editing with a stylus that is more precise than their finger, especially since popular apps like Adobe Lightroom And the Pixelmator Get Apple Pencil support. The Apple Pencil for iPhone can also appeal to those who often take notes or mark documents with their phones. The iPhone 14 Max rumoredwhich will be a 6.7-inch version of the standard iPhone, will also benefit from an optional pencil accessory.

The success of Samsung’s Galaxy Note line (now integrated into Galaxy S Ultra family) also indicates an audience for the pen. I have to admit that I don’t find myself using the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s S Pen very often. But it comes in handy for taking notes during meetings or quickly capturing ideas when I’m writing a review and I happen to be away from my computer.

Again, it just wouldn’t make sense to extend the current Apple Pencil’s compatibility with the iPhone Pro Max. Instead, Apple should design a smaller version of the Pencil with a smaller tip that better fits a phone-sized screen.

A win for Apple and its customers

The iPhone 13 Pro Max, Pro 13, and 13 Mini line up from left to right

The iPhone 13 Pro Max (far left) is Apple’s largest iPhone.

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With or without these features, iPhone Pro Max has already been a huge success. The iPhone 12 Pro Max was the second best-selling phone in the world in 2021, according to data from Counterpoint Research.

There is clearly a demand for larger iPhones, such as Evidenced by rumors That Apple will Replace iPhone Mini With another 6.7 inch iPhone this year.

But why not do more with the Pro Max? It would be a great way for Apple to differentiate the Pro Max from the smaller and less expensive iPhones. Additional software features will give owners more for the price, while the Pencil will give Apple another chance to earn money from existing iPhone Pro Max owners. It seems like a win-win scenario.

The iPhone Pro Max’s lack of multitasking and Apple Pencil support aren’t necessarily shortcomings. But Apple seems to be losing an opportunity.

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