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WWDC 2019: Apple iPads get new iPadOS, Brings new Home Screen, Improved Files App & More



Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference WWDC has kicked off at San Jose where the tech giant has unveiled new operating systems across all its Apple products. Amongst the lot, the significant iOS update is split into two, meaning the regular iOS 13 for iPhones and the iPads get new iPadOS, starting this year. The new iPadOS is said to be built on the same foundation as of iOS 13 but comes with iPad oriented tasks support and other intuitive features. With the first version of iPadOS, we get to see a redesigned Home Screen, new Apple Pencil features and also iPadOS would be sharing identical features of iOS 13 as they are built on the same platform.

Redesigned Home Screen

With iPadOS, the Home screen on the iPad has been redesigned that gets a new layout for apps and users can now able to pin widgets tab on the home screen directly. The today view that can now be pinned will showcase headlines, weather, calendar, and other customizable widgets to have a quick glance right on the home screen of your iPad.

Advanced Split View

The first-gen iPadOS brings more split view options to the iPad screens, meaning along with the Split View options, which is present for multitasking, users can further switch between apps in the split view pane as well. For instance, Apple has showcased at WWDC wherein the Mail app and Messages have been split into half for multitasking on the iPad screen. After that, users could add apps like Calculator, Notes app, and switch between them in each split view pane accordingly. Changing apps in each pane is now possible with App Expose that gives you an overview pane of apps where you can select the preferred app right away.

Improved Files App

Apple introduced Files app with iOS 12, where users could share files within their devices and organize them through iCloud and other third-party mediums. With iOS 13, the Files managing app is significantly improved for iPads since many of the iPad users, especially Pro users, consider iPads to be computing devices. With the new Files app iPad users get better file sharing options with iCloud Drive support.

Unlike the earlier files app, the new one now supports external drives, which means users can plug-in and access files of their USB drives or microSD cards as well. As for the design changes for Files app is concerned, the app gets a new Column View with preview columns wherein users can navigate directories just like in PC and also has Quick actions support as well. With the new iPadOS, the iPads get local storage support, zip file compressor, and plenty of new keyboard shortcuts to make the iPad experience more seamless and convenient.

Apple Pencil New features

Apple Pencil has been the go-to tool for iPad owners, especially professionals, and content creators. With the new iPadOS, users will now be able to mark and share entire webpages or document or emails as well by swiping the Apple Pencil diagonally across the screen. There are improvements to tool palette as well, which gives quicker options like color palettes and shapes, erasers that include a new pixel eraser for perfect straight lines and more. Apple Pencil with iPadOS gets advanced prediction algorithms and optimizations to reduce latency as well.

Safari Improvements

Safari on iPads is said to offer a desktop browsing experience with the new iPadOS update. The pages in Safari on the iPad are scaled appropriately to give users a desktop version of the site. Alongside these improvements, the Safari for iPad additionally gets download manager and 30 new keyboard shortcuts to achieve the desktop experience and also better tab management as well.

Apart from these notable features, the iPadOS also gets significant other improvements as well. The text editing on the iPad is much simpler and faster with new gestures for essential tasks such as cut, copy, and undo (no need for shaking your iPad anymore). The Dark mode from iOS 13 continues to iPadOS for iPads too. iPadOS now allows users to install custom fonts for creating documents on iPad and these new fonts would be available across the App Store. As stated earlier, iPadOS borrows features from iOS 13, which include Dark Mode, New Photos App, Sign In with Apple privacy feature, new Maps and also the significant performance improvements in FaceID unlock as well.

The new iPadOS can now be downloaded for registered developers starting today, and the free Public beta is said to be coming this month, further, the full release of the new iPadOS is likely to be coming this fall. The new iPadOS supported devices include – all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 and later, and iPad fifth-get and later and lastly, the iPad mini 4 and later. Stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more such interesting updates.


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