iPadOS exclusive for iPad presented with enhanced features

iPadOS exclusive for iPad

In 2017, Apple began to pose a future for the iPad different from the iPhone. The arrival of the Dock and the file explorer brought it closer to a desktop computer, but in iOS 12, released last year, there were no notable developments in this regard.

Things have changed today. Apple has announced iPadOS, an operating system dedicated exclusively to the iPad to differentiate them from the iPhone. This platform has a clear objective: to turn them into a much more complete alternative for the entire segment of laptops and convertibles, and to propose a much more ambitious future for Cupertino tablets.

Desktop ambition

The iPadOS user experience begins to differentiate itself from the home screen, which shows more applications per page. If we want, we can slide it to show additional information in the form of widgets, such as appointments or pending messages at the same time we show the available applications in that initial screen.

Multitasking is also an integral part of that experience, similar to the gestures of the iPhone, but improved with some new elements called Split View and Sliding. Users can now drag an application from the bottom to quickly reuse it. Moving quickly through these open applications can also be done by sliding your finger across the bottom of the iPad.

The split view is another key element of this new platform. It is possible to have two instances of the same application open at the same time in two windows, such as two note documents. It is also possible to combine windows of different applications, of course.

To navigate between these open applications and exchange the windows that are shown in the split screen, we have access to the famous "Exposé" feature of macOS that also comes to iPadOS and that will allow a quick view of the applications open to access. Some. Others as we need it.

Connect USB keys or SD cards

The file explorer, Files, also gets many new features in this version. To start, a new display mode in the form of columns that are added to the icons or the list of details. This new visualization is perfect according to Apple to navigate in hierarchies of very deep files.

This file explorer will also allow access to quick actions in the files we manage. For example, rotate documents and images or create PDF files.

In Files, now we can also navigate through our local area network thanks to SMB support. Sharing folders on iCloud Drive is also possible, something very interesting for collaborative work.

However, the most surprising thing in this section is, without a doubt, the ability to connect USB drives such as pen drives, but also SD cards through readers that also connect with a Lightning adapter. In fact, we can even connect cameras through that port to transfer photos directly to the iPad.

Safari no longer behaves as if the iPad were a smartphone.

Another tool that obtains new functions for the iPad is its browser, Safari, which will now have the same behavior as the desktop version.

It will no longer be identified as a mobile device, something that will allow access to a much more powerful user experience that will take advantage of that great diagonal of these tablets.

That support is especially surprising on platforms like Google Docs, Squarespace or WordPress, Apple said. The browser also has a download manager and 30 keyboard shortcuts if we use our iPad with this peripheral.

Working with texts

Text editing is another of the features that have improved in iPadOS with a new gesture to copy and paste content: making the clip with three fingers we can perform this operation easily in any area of the screen.

Moving with the cursor, moving through the documents or selecting text is also easier and faster and you do not have to touch these operations twice. If we want to undo some action, there is also a simple gesture to achieve it: slide three fingers on the screen to the side.

Apple has also managed to reduce the Apple Pencil latency, which has gone from being 20 ms to 9 ms, which will allow a drawing and writing experience with this peripheral even more satisfactory.

Other improvements

In addition to the most notable developments that are shown during the presentation, there are other surprising elements of this new operating system that are also part of iOS 13.

They are, for example, Siri's new voice, which makes advanced text-to-speech technology, which in the WWDC 2019 demo sounded, of course, much more natural and less robotic. The presence of ARKit 3 goes a step further in the field of augmented reality and allows virtual objects to be placed naturally in front of or behind people, as well as capturing the human movement for immersive experiences.

There are also more powerful options to share content, a new "Look Around" view in Apple Maps similar to the "Street View" of Google Maps, new options to control the HomePod from the iPad or a function to pair two pairs of AirPods for the same iPad.

Added to all this are the internal improvements that iOS developers have made in the code of this platform that is a pillar for iPhones and iPads with iPadOS. FaceID will work 30% faster in recognition, and we can also enjoy the start time of an application that is twice as fast as in iOS 12. And, of course, users will also enjoy the dark mode.

As in iOS 13, users will also have new tools to edit our photos and also allow you to work with videos, for example, rotate them easily, crop them or improve brightness, contrast, and color automatically.

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