09 December 2019
Well, one of the biggest announcements made at WWDC 2019 is the iPad OS. It was known already that Apple will revive all of its OS platforms but this news around iPad came as a big surprise. Apple, however, accidentally leaked the iPadOS glimpse before the show and due to this, every other announcement became a side announcement. iPads have long been growing under the iOS shelter but now they are getting special care and attention as Apple says “time has come to recognize this platform in a special way.”
Apple has long been tweaking iOS so as to include more features optimized for its tablets. But now Apple is splitting up iOS to form a new iPadOS. The separate OS for the iPad models would offer Apple more freedom to develop and tweak things up easily.
The latest Operating System purely for the iPad models contains a new Home screen with widgets that can expand alongside app icons. The Home screen has been redesigned with a new layout to show more apps on each page. The View can be added to the Home screen so as to have quick access to headlines, weather, calendar, events, and more.
With the iPadOS, Apple is also adding in more multitasking gestures to slide between multiple apps, and drag and drop apps side by side. Apple exemplifies that customers can compose an email while viewing apps like Messenger of Calendar with just a swipe.
The iPadOS will also include an improved Files app. The UI demonstrated by Apple on the stage showed a column view just like Finder on macOS. The iPadOS also brings a significant change and this is folder sharing on iCloud Drive. Alongside this, Apple also announced that the Files app will even support SMB files share natively. The Column View with high-resolution will help users navigate directories, while support for Quick Actions such as mark up. iPadOS also introduces local storage, zip and unzip, and new keyboard shortcuts.
With the iPadOS, Apple brings new ways to work with apps in multiple windows and better ways to use Apple Pencil. Apple says iPadOS offers more freedom to integrate the Apple Pencil better into the iPad experience. It now has a redesign tool palette to give quick access to tools, color, shapes, object eraser.
Safari on iPadOS also gets some updates so as to bring a better experience to the web pages. iPadOS scales appropriately for the iPad display and optimizes it for touch. Safari also supports significant new features such as a download manager, 30 new keyboard shortcuts and enhancements to tab management.
Text edition on iPad also gets a major update with iPadOS. Thus making it easier to speed up things. For instance, just a swipe and use new gestures to cut, copy, paste, and undo. Maps also get new capabilities, including 3D photography. Needless to say, the all-new iPadOS also brings the performance improvements, for instance, the FaceID is now more responsive, new Dark Mode, Photo editing is more intuitive, Custom Fonts, a new floating keyboard, and more.
The developer preview of iPadOS is available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today. A public beta program will be available to iPadOS users later this month at beta.apple.com. It will be available as a free software update for iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and later and iPad mini 4 and later.