Apple’s iPad has traditionally run iOS, the same operating system harnessed by its iPhone line.
But during its WWDC keynote address the American tech giant announced a new operating system dedicated to the iPad, aptly titled iPadOS.
iPadOS still looks very remiscient of iOS; a similar grid of icons still exist on the tablet’s main menu but they are now slightly closer together to make the most of the product’s larger display.
Besides apps, widgets can also be harnessed on the iPad’s home screen.
Some of the biggest changes in iPadOS come from the way it deals with multitasking – Apple demonstrated new methods of running several apps at once that are more intuitive.
Apple also announced iPadOS will allow the tablet to support USB drives, SD cards and more.
Moreover, the American tech giant also announced other nifty features such as the ability to instantly import photos into programmes such as Adobe Lightroom rather than having to open the firm’s Photos app first.
The Files app for the iPad has also been overhauled; Apple is making it easier to navigate the software and manage different items overall.
Additionally, the firm is also bringing a download manager to its Safari browser.
Such an addition will surely make it much easier for users to find items they have obtained online.
One of the handiest improvements to come to iPadOS comes from a new three finger swipe that can act as an undo button.
This means tablet owners no longer need to shake their device furiously in order to activate such functionality.
A deluge of new keyboard shortcuts are also coming to the iPad and will surely make it much easier to get things done.
Safari has also been updated; now the browser should automatically display a tablet version of different websites.
This means Apple fans should no longer see either mobile or desktop variants of different pages.
Overall, iPadOS not only seems determined to make the tablet series more independent from the iPhone, but it also seems set to severely boost productivity for users.
“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 Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
“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.”