WWDC2019: Apple Launches A New OS Called iPadOS For Its iPad, Bring better Multitasking & Other Features

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Apple has announced a new operating system for its iPad tablets called iPadOS at its WWDC 2019 in Jose, California. The announcement which sees Apple separates it mobile OS for iPhone alone, shows that the company's vision of promoting iPad as a full-blown computer and not some entertainment gadget.

The new iPadOS has all the new features seen on iOS 13, though its features has been built for better multitasking, better use of Apple Pencil and to also take advantage of the big screen.

Apple's latest move shows that the company wants to separate the two devices (iPhone and iPad) so as to make easy for it to be able to develop separate features that will cater for the need of the two separate user bases.

"iPad transforms how people work and express their creativity, and with iPadOS, we're taking it even further by delivering exciting capabilities that take advantage of its large canvas and versatility," Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi said.

Apple had redesigned the iPads home screen in iPadOS, bringing a new layout to show more apps on each page. The Today View can also be added to the home screen for quick access to widgets.

"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."

The new OS will allow iPad users to do more with Split View and Slide Over. Safari browsing on the iPad had improved as the tablet now shows the desktop version of websites rather than the mobile version, though scaled for the iPad screen.
The iPadOS will come with Dark Mode, Sign in with Apple, a redesigned Maps, a new Photo editing tool and other features of iOS 13 which can be found when you click here.

However, there are some additional iPadOS features that includes:

Plug-in USB Drives:
One of the most noticeable features on the iPadOS is the ability to plug in a flash drive, SD card, camera or any other storage drive into the USB-C port on the iPad for file sharing. Users will have to make use of the Files app to access storage devices.

New Files app for files sharing:
The new iPadOS comes with a redesigned Files app that supports iCloud Drive for folder sharing. The Files app also comes with a new column-view that allow users to preview file without opening them

Improved multitasking:
Users can now perform multiple task and better use of the iPads screen. With iPadOS, users will be able to pin widgets on the Home screen and also get more apps on the grid.

The new update will allow users to view two emails or edit two documents from the same or different apps side by side. User can add multiple apps to the Slide Over menu and drag them up to switch between them.

Custom Fonts:
Custom Fonts can be installed for use across the system for creating document or write-up on the iPad. Also, fonts from major vendors such as DynaComware, Monotype, Morisawa, Founder, Adobe will be able for download on the app store.

 New Gestures:
Text editing also has been improved on the iPad with multitouch gestures for cutting, copying and pasting text. Lets say that a user wants to copy a text, all that he has to do is to simply slide the finger diagonally over the text to select it and then use a three finger pinch to copy and paste it.

You can get the developer preview of the iPadOS at developer.apple.com if you are an Apple Developer Program member. A public beta program will also be available to iPadOS users later this month.

Apple will release iPadOs this fall as a free update for iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later.

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