24 August 2022
Apple has always tried to project the iPad as an effective replacement for laptops. It has made various hardware-related improvements over the years and for the past few years, it is also focusing on software. This is the reason it released iPadOS in 2019 as an operating system dedicated to iPads. It is now time for iPadOS 16 with more features and changes to improve productivity and multitasking capabilities.
iPadOS 16 users will be able to invite contacts to collaborate on any document or project. It will work with Files, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, Notes, Reminders, and Safari along with third-party apps. Every member of the project will be able to see who is working on what and what changes have been made by whom. It will be a lot more convenient to start conversations with other collaborators via Messages or even get on a FaceTime call.
Freeform is a new app coming to iPads that will facilitate real-time collaboration. It will have complete compatibility with Apple Pencil. Safari has been updated with Shared Tab Groups where users can collaborate on a set of tabs in real-time. And yes, the iPad has finally received its own Weather app along with beautiful animations.
Stage Manager is coming to iPad but it will be limited to models powered by the M1 chip. It automatically organizes apps and windows so that users can quickly switch across apps and windows. You can easily overlap windows of different sizes and easily drag and drop files between windows. It even brings support for a full external display with a resolution up to 6K.
iPadOS 16 further includes all those features that are coming to iOS 16. The developer preview is available for download for iPad (5th generation and later), iPad mini (5th generation and later), iPad Air (3rd generation and later), and all iPad Pro models.