Slack for iPad gets an overhauled two-column UI and more

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Slack has delivered a brand new version of its iPad app with an overhauled user interface that aims to combine the best of the service’s mobile and desktop designs. The new Slack for iPad features a new two-column layout, an improved sidebar, improved accessibility, and more.

Slack detailed all the new iPad changes in a blog post today:

No matter where productivity strikes, you need reliable, flexible and fully functional tools to keep doing your best. That’s why today we’re releasing a major update to the Slack app for iPad. Among its main improvements: a powerful new interface. It brings together the best of our mobile and desktop designs while delivering a unique and seamless Slack experience for iPad whether work takes you to the office or you’re on the go.

Probably the most noticeable change will be the updated two-column UI on iPad. It now has a more similar design to Slack on the desktop (shown above). In use, the channels or direct messages selected in the left sidebar will display in the right pane and make multitasking easier.

The left sidebar has also received a number of upgrades for better navigation and organization.

  • Sections are now collapsible, so you can hide groups of channels and focus only on the most relevant conversations
  • Section preferences will now sync with the desktop version, keeping your sidebar consistent when switching between devices
  • Usernames in direct messages now feature avatars, making them easier to analyze
  • Channel activity can now be sorted by recency, allowing you to see the latest updates from your team more quickly
  • By long-pressing a channel name, you can now access a context menu from which you can easily mute or leave the channel, copy a link to it, or mark it as read.

And accessibility is better on iPad with the new Slack. Improved labels for Apple’s VoiceOver mean users can get more information about conversations and can now also use VoiceOver to sort recent activity.

Two more accessibility improvements turn the workspace switcher into a modal that makes it easier to switch between different Slack workspaces with VoiceOver, and Slack for iPad now has better dynamic type support.

Slack says the new changes are now available in the latest version for iPad and also teases that these improvements are “just the beginning” with even more upgrades like a better keyboard shortcut and accessibility support for coming “later this year”.

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