A few weeks after presenting its most powerful iPad Pro, Apple today announces iPadOS 15 at WWDC 2021. And, the goal is clearly to make Apple tablets more capable productivity machines if you find yourself using split-screen mode often. Otherwise, there are no drastic changes to the platform.
A more customizable home screen
As rumored, iPadOS 15 will make the Home screen more customizable and allow more flexible placement of widgets. You can now paste them anywhere you want, a feature that arrived in iOS 14 last year. But, iPadOS 14 did not offer the same functionality, and widgets could only be placed in the sidebar of the “Today” view, despite the large screen area of the tablet.
Apple is also introducing the Application Library in iPadOS. Like on the iPhone, it will allow you to keep a home screen less cluttered by organizing apps you rarely use into an automatically organized folder section. On iPads, the app library is in the dock.
Multitasking is also getting a few much-needed improvements. New icons will make it easier to switch to split-view mode, and Apple also mentioned a feature that makes it easier to group different tasks. This is a significant change from the way multitasking currently works on iPadOS, and it looks like a major improvement.
QuickNote is a new feature that will allow you to attach notes to web pages and other parts of the iPadOS, so you can return to them more easily.
Finally, the standalone Translation application is also appearing on iPadOS.
Key features of iOS 15
iPadOS 15 will also share many of the new features and experiences coming to iOS 15. FaceTime calls will now support spatial audio for more realistic and natural sound. A voice isolation feature will allow your voice to cut out background noise, and a “wide spectrum” option will capture more sounds than before. The “portrait” mode is also appearing in FaceTime, which allows you to obtain a blurred background and keep the focus on your face.
Apple is introducing a new SharePlay feature for FaceTime, which allows people to share media (music, movies, etc.) during a group call. SharePlay will leverage iOS features like picture-in-picture, iMessage, and more to deliver a seamless experience across multiple devices at the same time.
The new iPad software update includes new tools to help you focus, such as redesigned notifications that are easier to identify and a “notification summary” section that summarizes less important notifications. You can also customize which notifications you’ll see at different times of the day, allowing you to separate work and personal alerts. Focus preferences are synced between Apple devices.
Swift Playgrounds for easy development
Memories in the Photos app can now sync with music tracks, with automatic filters and effects applied based on the mood of the song, and Spotlight search also benefits from deeper search capabilities. Live Text is a feature that uses the intelligence of the device to allow you to select text from the photos you’ve taken and those in your camera list. It supports seven languages.
Apple also announced Swift Playgrounds, an app that will let developers learn to code and build apps on the iPad. Swift Playgrounds will also appear with Xcode on Mac. This app will allow users to submit apps directly to the App Store!
Although iPadOS 15 is now official, its public release will not take place until later this year. Like other years, a public beta of the software will be released in July. The developer beta is now live.
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