Mon. Dec 16th, 2019

Apple WWDC 2019: iPad gets its own operating system, iPadOS

apple wwdc ipadosApple has finally forked its operating system – the iPadOS – to better cater to the differing requirements of iPad users, as confirmed at the WWDC.

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Apple confirmed at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that we will be getting iPadOS. It will hopefully begin to change the ways that iPad is used for work and play . The larger display and touch input sets the iPad apart.

However, iOS has by in large been adapted to the iPad instead of being a showcase for what’s capable on modern tablets. Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, explained:

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

Visual improvements

The initial changes seemed to be geared toward the visual and try to take advantage of the large amount of screen real estate that’s previously been wasted. The home screen is redesigned in iPadOS, so you can view more apps per page.

In addition, users will be able to add the “Today View” to their home screen. It will give easy access to some of the most commonly used productivity and planning widgets and applications. Federighi adds:

“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.”


Multitasking is another focus in the OS. The iPad has the power and more importantly, the screen area to effectively run apps side by side. iPadOS will finally make it real easy to run your applications side by side. Or with “Slide Over”, make it easy to swap between apps with a single swipe.

Apple Pencil improvements

The Apple Pencil is also getting some love from iPadOS too. Users will be able to mark-up and send web pages, documents, and emails by merely swiping the Apple Pencil from the corner of the screen.

In addition, access to tools via the redesigned tool palette will be more intuitive. Safari has also been updated to deliver the desktop version of websites while optimizing them for the iPad screen and touch inputs.

That ensures that modern websites look and work great on the iPad. Furthermore, iPadOS will make it easier to precisely select and work with text. It is something that can be quite infuriating when trying to quickly copy a quote or link.

Watch: iPadOS first look

Also read – Apple WWDC 2019: Here’s what you need to know about the new Mac Pro update

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