Please add a feature for illustrator that is a pattern preview, such as in photoshop or affinity designer. Since illustrator is literally for patterns and illustrations, this feature should be in AI
Same request, but for the iPad version:
Britta, have you tried to use the Pattern Editing mode in Illustrator for desktop?
You can initiate it with double-clicking the existing pattern swatch or via Object > Patter > Make command, for a new art.
The Pattern Options panel will get displayed, with a lot of useful tiling options.
The workflow which is demonstrated for Affinity Designer in the video here (https://affinityspotlight.com/article/create-repeat-patterns-with-a-live-pattern-preview-in-affinity-designer-for-ipad/), using symbols as a workaround, can also be used, since Illustrator has symbols as well. Alas, the symbols won’t update automatically on canvas, while you edit a symbol in Illustrator, like they do in Affinity. But this can be fixed, if you don’t create symbols at all and use Global Edit to edit your tiled copies instead — Global Edit updates all the similar art as you make changes into one copy.
Have you tried all of these?
I won't comment on the similar request for the iPad though — it lacks all of this, sadly.