New Home Screen, Powerful Multitasking, New Ways to Use Apple Pencil
SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple® today previewed iPadOS™, the powerful operating system with a new
name to recognize the distinctive experience of iPad®. iPadOS builds on
the same foundation as iOS, adding powerful new capabilities and
intuitive features specific to the large display and versatility of
iPad. Introducing new ways to work with apps in multiple windows, more
information at a glance on a redesigned Home screen and more natural
ways to use Apple Pencil®, iPadOS also benefits from the great new
updates in iOS 13, making it the perfect device for consumers and
creative pros alike.
“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,” said Craig
Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
“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.”
New Home Screen
The Home screen has been redesigned with a new layout to show more apps
on each page. Today View can now be added to the Home screen, allowing
quick access to widgets for at-a-glance information, including
headlines, weather, calendar, events, tips and more.
Do More with Split View and Slide Over
iPad users can now work with multiple files and documents from the same
app simultaneously with updates to Split View, or can quickly view and
switch between multiple apps in Slide Over. For example, customers can
compose an email while viewing another email side by side or access
multiple apps like Messages or Calendar with just a swipe. App Exposé®
provides a quick view of just the open windows for any one app with a
More Ways to Use Apple Pencil
With iPadOS, Apple Pencil is even more integrated into the iPad
experience. Customers can now mark up and send entire webpages,
documents or emails on iPad by swiping Apple Pencil from the corner of
the screen. A redesigned tool palette gives quick access to tools, color
palettes, shapes, object eraser, a new pixel eraser for removing any
part of a stroke and a ruler for drawing perfectly straight lines. Apple
Pencil feels even more natural, using advanced prediction algorithms
and optimizations to reduce its industry-leading latency to as low as 9
More Powerful Files App
The Files app is a central place to quickly access and manage documents,
and with iPadOS, it gets even better with iCloud Drive® support for
folder sharing. Anyone with access to a shared folder will see it in
iCloud Drive and will always have the ability to access the latest
version. iPadOS also supports external drives, allowing users to easily
plug in USB drives, SD cards or log into an SMB file server, all from
within the Files app. A new Column View with high-resolution
previews helps users navigate directories, while support for Quick
Actions such as mark up, rotate and create PDF make it easy to be more
productive on iPad. iPadOS also introduces local storage, zip and unzip,
and new keyboard shortcuts.
Desktop-Class Browsing with Safari
Safari® is more powerful than ever on iPad. iPadOS automatically
presents the desktop version of the website, scaled appropriately for
the iPad display, and optimizes it for touch, so web apps like Google
Docs, Squarespace and WordPress work great in Safari on iPad. Safari
also supports significant new features such as a download manager, 30
new keyboard shortcuts and enhancements to tab management.
Improved Text Editing
Text editing on iPad receives a major update with iPadOS, making it
easier and faster to point with even more precision and speed, select
text with just a swipe and use new gestures to cut, copy, paste and undo.
Additional iPadOS Features
Dark Mode delivers a dramatic dark color scheme that looks great
across the system and is easier on the eyes in low-light environments.
Custom Fonts can be installed for use across the system, perfect for
creating beautiful documents on iPad. Fonts from boutique and major
vendors such as Adobe, DynaComware, Monotype, Morisawa and Founder
will be available on the App Store®.
A new floating keyboard saves space and includes support for QuickPath
— making one-handed typing easy and leaving more room to display
apps. Customers can pinch in to enable the floating keyboard and drag
it anywhere on the screen.
Photos curates the library to highlight the best images, automatically
hiding clutter and similar photos to showcase significant events from
the past day, month or year. Photo editing is more intuitive with new
tools that are easier to apply, adjust and review, and almost all
photo editing capabilities are available for video editing.
Sign In with Apple is a fast, easy and private way to sign in to apps
and websites using Apple ID.
Maps features a new basemap, built from the ground up: Look Around
with beautiful street-level imagery of cities using high-resolution 3D
photography; Collections for a new way to share restaurants, shops or
destinations; and Favorites for quick navigation to frequent locations.1
Performance improvements make the entire system more responsive with
faster Face ID® unlock, and a new way to package iPad apps on the App
Store that reduces download sizes by up to 50 percent, makes app
updates up to 60 percent smaller, and results in apps launching up to
twice as fast.
The developer preview of iPadOS is available to Apple Developer Program
members at developer.apple.com starting
today, and a public beta program will be available to iPadOS users later
this month at beta.apple.com.
iPadOS will be available this fall as a free software update for iPad
Air® 2 and later, all iPad Pro® models, iPad 5th generation and later
and iPad mini® 4 and later. For more information, visit apple.com/ipados/ipados-preview.
Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in
all regions or all languages.
1 The new map is available now in select cities and states
and will roll out across the US by the end of 2019 and to more countries
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the
Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with
iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software
platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences
across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services
including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more
than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on
earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.
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