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New iPadOS powers unique experiences designed for iPad

Tue 4 Jun 2019
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Apple previewed iPadOS, an operating system with a new name to recognise the distinctive experience of iPad.

iPadOS builds on the same foundation as iOS, adding new capabilities and features specific to the large display and versatility of the iPad.

Introducing new ways to work with apps in multiple windows, more information at a glance on a redesigned Home screen and more natural ways to use Apple Pencil, iPadOS also benefits from the great new updates in iOS 13, making it the perfect device for consumers and creative pros alike.

“iPad transforms how people work and express their creativity, and with iPadOS, we’re taking it even further by delivering exciting capabilities that take advantage of its large canvas and versatility,” said Apple SVP Craig Federighi.

“iPadOS delivers exciting features, including a new Home screen with widgets, more powerful multitasking and new tools that make using Apple Pencil even more natural.”

New home screen

The Home screen has been redesigned with a new layout to show more apps on each page. View can now be added to the Home screen, allowing quick access to widgets for at-a-glance information, including headlines, weather, calendar, events, tips and more.

Do more with split view and slide over

iPad users can now work with multiple files and documents from the same app simultaneously with updates to Split View, or can quickly view and switch between multiple apps in Slide Over.

For example, customers can compose an email while viewing another email side by side or access multiple apps like Messages or Calendar with just a swipe. App Exposé provides a quick view of just the open windows for any one app with a simple tap.

More ways to use apple pencil

With iPadOS, Apple Pencil is more integrated into the iPad experience. Customers can now mark up and send entire webpages, documents or emails on iPad by swiping Apple Pencil from the corner of the screen.

A redesigned tool palette gives quick access to tools, colour palettes, shapes, object eraser, a new pixel eraser for removing any part of a stroke and a ruler for drawing straight lines.

 More powerful files app

The Files app is a central place to quickly access and manage documents, and with iPadOS, it gets better with iCloud Drive support for folder sharing.

Anyone with access to a shared folder will see it in iCloud Drive and will always have the ability to access the latest version.

iPadOS also supports external drives, allowing users to easily plug in USB drives, SD cards or log into an SMB file server, all from within the Files app. A new Column View with high-resolution previews helps users navigate directories, while support for Quick Actions such as mark up, rotate and create PDF makes it easy to be more productive on iPad. iPadOS also introduces local storage, zip and unzip, and new keyboard shortcuts.

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