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Apple today revealed "iPadOS," a new version of iOS that Apple has designed specifically for the larger screens on the iPad family. Apple said that it renamed the OS to recognize the "distinctive experience" of iPad.


To start, the Home screen has been redesigned with a new layout that shows more apps on each page. The widget-based Today view can be added to the Home screen, providing quick access to news headlines, the weather, events, and more.

To enhance iPadOS even more, Apple updated Split View to allow users to work with multiple files and documents from the same app at the same time. For example, users can have two emails opened side by side in Mail, or two notes in Notes. Slide Over allows users to quickly view and switch between multiple apps, and App Exposé provides for a quick view of every open window.

iPadOS also overhauled Apple Pencil integration with the ability to mark up and send entire webpages, documents, or emails on iPad. Users can simply swipe the Apple Pencil from the corner of the display to enter mark up mode, quickly edit the document, and save it. Additionally, iPadOS has reduced Apple Pencil latency to as low as 9 milliseconds.


Another update centers on the Files app, which now has iCloud Drive support for folder sharing. Because iPadOS supports external drives, users can easily plug in a USB drive and transfer data all within the Files app. There's also a new Column View for easier navigation, Quick Actions for creating PDFs, and more.

To ensure all of the new parts of iPadOS could be controlled with ease, Apple is introducing new finger-based gestures for cut, copy, paste, and undo. Other updates include Dark Mode, custom fonts, a new floating keyboard, performance improvements, and updates to Maps and Photos apps.

iPadOS is available to Apple Developer Program members starting today, while the public beta will launch later this month. In the fall, iPadOS will be available as a free software update for the iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro devices, the fifth-generation iPad and later, and the iPad mini 4 and later.

Article Link: Apple Unveils 'iPadOS' Designed Specifically for the iPad's Larger Display
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Laird Knox

macrumors 68000
Jun 18, 2010
This looks to be a welcome change. I look forward to seeing how well it is implemented. It is certainly looking more Mac like.

Why in the world would they separate the naming from regular iOS. Like iPhone hardware, so fragmented.

Perhaps they are prepping for a desktop OS in the line with the iPad version sitting in between the desktop and mobile presentations? Wild speculation but it is an interesting distinction.


macrumors 604
Jan 7, 2014
In between a rock and a hard place
Why in the world would they separate the naming from regular iOS. Like iPhone hardware, so fragmented.

I support the features,

However they need a “Gesture” tab in, to enable/disable, show all the gestures.
I honestly don't think many care what it's called. It's the functionality that matters. On the functionality front, they put one right over the fence in my opinion. This update goes a long way towards realizing the full potential of the iPad without worrying about the affect on the iPhone or iPod. They could literally call it pnutbutternjelly OS and I don't think most would care. It's what it can do that counts.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 6, 2009
That sound? That is all the iPad fans yelling: "FINALLY!"
A million voices crying out in unison!

Now this will get me to go get that Mini 5 I've been waiting to get. I don't know if my 4 will be able to handle all of this functionality. I'm some some of this won't be the best experience with the smaller screen, but still a very nice upgrade.
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