Are you a Mac power user? How about iPhone and iPad? I started using the Mac back in the last century, back before the public internet became public, and started writing for Mac360 in mid-2004– more than 15 years ago– and I won’t put myself in the power user category.
Yeah, sure; I’m probably somewhere in between– better than the average bear, but not the park ranger. I subscribe to the power user’s mantra of hands on the keyboard– but not always.
What about keyboard shortcuts? I can remember about a dozen; otherwise I have to start searching. What about all those iPhone and iPad gestures? I may not even know a dozen. Power users know more.
Jason Cipriani came up with a list of 16 crucial gestures to navigate iPad (especially the new iPadOS) and if they’re crucial, then they’re the basics all of us should know, right?
This is power user territory and I have only one issue with power user keyboard shortcuts and power user touchscreen gestures.
It’s difficult to remember them all. Seriously. Power users must have some awesome memory capabilities. Apple’s official Mac Keyboard Shortcuts list must have five or six dozen. I found nine that I remember.
Apple keeps it simple with iPad and has four Basic Gestures. My kids can remember these.
- Tap – touch one finger lightly on the screen
- Swipe – move one finger across the screen quickly
- Scroll – move one finger across the screen without lifting
- Zoom – put two fingers on the screen near each other, spread apart to zoom in, pinch to zoom out
Others are related to the basics, including double-tap, tap and hold, and so on.
So, how is that Cipriani came up with 16 different iPad gestures so you can better navigate?
He cheated on the count.
There’s a lot of feature overlap and parity between, but by giving the iPad its own OS Apple can begin to separate how the two devices work.
So it can keep iPhone friendliness and ease-of-use, but become more powerful like the Mac. As in keyboard shortcuts, split screen, and so on.
Some of these will not put you into power user mode.
- Tap to wake – as in just like iPhone X and newer
- Wake then unlock – again, like iPhone X and newer
- View app dock – swipe up to see it (I prefer always visible)
- Swipe to home screen – iPad Pro; swipe up to see icons
- Notification center – swipe down from the top
- Control Center – swipe down from upper right corner
- Today view – this is widget-land; swipe from left
- App switcher – swipe up in one quick motion
- Force close apps – push off the screen
- Fast app switching – swipe the bar on the bottom
- Open app in Slide Over – pull from Dock to the screen
- Move Slide Over – tap and move it left or right
- Kill Slide Over – tap and move offscreen
- Fast Switch – only in iPadOS 13, but sweet
- Split View – pull from Dock, drop onto right side of display
- Resize Split View – touch bar between apps, move left or right
As it turns out, I am more of an iPad power user than I thought because many of these already work in iOS 12.x, but iPadOS adds more, iPad Pro adds a few more, and on top of the basics, I’m probably looking at an even two dozen iPad gestures.
How is that not power user status? The problem with being a power user is remembering all the keyboard shortcuts (the Mac has a gazillion, iPadOS gets 30 more) and gestures. So, like it or don’t, I’m still stuck in the middle between average bear and power user.