Apple never fails to excite us. It always gives us something new to look forward to. With their latest iPadOS, we’re, again, tickled with excitement but what is it really about? How different is it from the operating system that we’ve all gotten used to?
So, if you’re confused about Apple changing the iPad’s operating system from iOS to iPadOS, you’re not alone. Announced at WWDC 2019, the change is meant to signify that the iPad’s operating system is different from the iPhone’s — even though iPadOS is fundamentally similar to what this operating system used to be when it was called iOS 12.
We’ll go through each feature of the iPadOS but before we get right into it, here’s something to take note of.
First of all, let’s clear up a likely misconception about iPadOS: the iPad’s newly found support for the mouse isn’t an exclusive feature in iPadOS. The iOS 13 beta has also brought this feature to the iPhone. This definitely proves the feature is more about accessibility for those with different needs than for users who want to make the iPad more like a laptop.
With the misconception cleared up, let’s now look at the features of the iPadOS. Let’s start with their multitasking feature.
Available on iOS on iPads since iOS 9, the split-view and slide-over modes are still not on iPhones and will get much better in iPadOS 13. First of all, you get the ability to split your screen between the same app, by holding down on a link and dragging it to the other side of the display.
That may not sound huge, but now you can view two tabs from the same web browser at once and not have to use Safari and Chrome to do it. There’s also slide-over apps, which have a new, card-like interface.
The Apple stylus just got a lot smarter. Take a look at how the iPadOS has transformed it.
The iPad’s also the only Apple device that supports Apple’s stylus, which is getting smarter. For starters, drawing from a corner of the screen opens markup mode in iPadOS 13, which is a much easier way to take a screenshot than using the iPad’s buttons.
The cooler trick of markup mode is the Full Page option in the top of the screen, which lets you capture a screenshot of an entire web page, not just the section you’re looking at. iPhone users wish they had this functionality, as screenshot stitcher apps rarely (if ever) work properly.
When you connect your iPad to a MacBook, the Pencil even works in Sidecar mode if you’re running macOS Catalina (coming soon). This gives some an alternative to a Wacom or Cintiq tablet.
Give your fingers a break. The iPadOS includes all the gestures that can help you edit messages or documents easily.
If you don’t have an iPad keyboard cover case, you’re probably a bit tired of the tapping and shaking it takes to perform simple text-editing commands that are supereasy in macOS. For example, a three-finger pinch copies selected text, and repeating that gesture cuts out the text.
The inverse of that gesture, spreading three fingers, is how you almost magically paste in iPadOS. Made a mistake? Drag three fingers to the left to undo (moving three fingers to the right to redo works as well).
Selecting items in a list is also easier in iPadOS: You just drag two fingers down a stack of items in list view, such as emails or notes. This will be a great way to batch-archive and flag messages.
Introducing the latest innovative feature called Sidecar.
So, you say you want a touch-screen MacBook? Apple is willing to meet you halfway with a new feature called Sidecar, which turns your iPad into an extension of your MacBook, so long as you’re running macOS Catalina. The only other thing you need is a cable to tether them together (such as a USB Type-C-to-Type-C cable for the 2018 iPad Pros or the Lightning-to-USB Type-C cable for the 2017 iPad Pro).
Then, you just click the Displays menu bar icon on your Mac and select the connected iPad. Now, you’ve got a second screen for your Mac and the ability to use your Apple Pencil to draw in macOS apps such as Photoshop and Pixelmator.
The Dock is a lot bigger and smarter.
The iPad’s so much wider than the iPhone that it makes sense for the tablet to have more apps in its dock. But wait, there’s more. On the right corner of the Dock you get three suggested apps from iPadOS, which is trying to figure out what you want before you do.
Oh, and this Dock also plays nice with iPadOS’ multitasking tricks. If you’ve got an app spread across different split views and slide overs, you can view all of its current open instances by tapping on its icon in the Dock.
Another exciting feature of the iPadOS is that you can finally use an external storage with your iPad. Yes, finally you can plug one into your iPad.
Provided your storage accessories feature Lightning or USB Type-C connectors (or you have an adapter), you can finally plug external storage (including external hard drives, SD card readers or USB drives) into your iPad. You’ll bring those files into your iPad via the Files app.
These are just a handful of features that you can expect from iPadOS. One thing is for sure, you’ll be able to store more data with it. While that could be exciting, it could also be a downside especially if the hard drive fails. Suffice to say, even the external storage could fail as well.
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