New home screen, powerful multitasking, and new ways to use Apple Pencil are just some of the new features of the re-invented iPadOS.
Apple has recently previewed the new iPadOS during their keynote at the WWDC or Worldwide Developers Conference.
The Home screen has been redesigned with a new layout to show more apps on each page. Today 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.
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 single app with a simple tap.
With iPadOS, Apple Pencil is even 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. Apple Pencil feels even more natural, using advanced prediction algorithms and optimizations to reduce its industry-leading latency to as low as 9 milliseconds.
The File app now 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.
Other new features of the redefined iPadOS are the desktop-class browsing experience with Safari, improved text editing, dark mode, custom fonts, floating keyboard, faster signing-in with Apple ID, and improvements on the overall performance.
The new iPadOS was built on the same foundation as iOS, adding powerful new capabilities and intuitive features specific to the large display and versatility of iPad.
The developer preview of iPadOS is already available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com, and a public beta program will be available to iPadOS users next month at beta.apple.com.
iPadOS will be officially available this end of 2019 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.
For more information, visit apple.com/ipados/ipados-preview.
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