Apple at its WWDC 2019 developer conference announced new software for iPad, called iPadOS, while the new iOS 13 will now be available expressly for the iPhone line of devices. The new iPadOS comes feature-packed with such capabilities like enhanced multitasking to take full advantage of the large screen of the iPad.
The move seems to have drawn a parallel line between the iPhone line of devices and iPads, with separate features for the two hardware platforms to cater for the needs of the different userbases.
As already mentioned, the biggest difference is in the new homescreen with improved multitasking abilities – which includes gestures and ability to drag and drop apps side-by-side so that you can be able to work with multiple apps from the same homescreen at a time.
Some of the best iPadOS Features are as follows:
Files app & Keyboard Shortcuts
The new iPadOS comes with a redesigned Files app system, with new column-view that allow users to preview files without actually opening them. And the iCloud drive now offers additional folder sharing capabilities.
Full Desktop-like browsing experience
With enhanced Safari browser on the new iPadOS, users can now enjoy full desktop-class browsing experience, coupled with a new Download Manager.
Plug-in USB Drives
This is perhaps the most prominent of all the new features on iPad, allowing users to simply plug in any storage drive, such as a flash drive, SD card, or even a camera into the USB-C port. You can also access the storage devices via the Files app.
Other new features include the gesture control, which allows the use of the new multitouch gestures for text editing by simply sliding the finger diagonally over text to select it and then use a pinch to copy&paste it.
Beyond doubts, Apple is sure blurring the lines between the iPad and laptops, with the new iPadOS, as it reflects the company’s goal of promoting the iPad as more of a full-blown computer, instead of just an entertainment device.