Apple iPad has been sharing the operating system with iPhone and iPod: iOS. But in recent years, the iPad has added more features, which means its features are starting to differ from mobile phones. In fact, the iPad has become more like a touch-screen laptop, especially when used with keyboards and/or styluses.
In addition to the iPad mini, all the latest iPads are compatible with the Smart Keyboard, and all models in the iPad series are compatible with the company’s smartpen Apple Pencil.
Since it’s very different from the iPhone, it’s no surprise that you need your own dedicated software: iPadOS is released today.
Here’s all you need to know about iPadOS, including the iPad model it supports and how to get it.
To use iPadOS, you need a 12.9, 11, 10.5, or 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad (fifth/six/seventh generation), iPad mini 4, iPad mini fifth generation, iPad Air third generation or iPad Air 2
Its name is iPadOS 13.1
This is the first release of iPadOS, but its naming is consistent with today’s iOS 13.1. Whether future updates will maintain strict synchronization, we will wait and see.
How to get
If you have updated your iPhone or iPad before, you know what to do.
Open the app settings on the iPad, select General, then select Software Update. Click Download and Install, then you can do your own thing. The download is very large and has a few gigabytes, so please be patient.
First, there is a new layout that allows the iPad’s large display to be fully utilized with more application icons on each page. On the left side of the landscape screen, you can view the widgets from the Today view, which is a bit cool.
By the way, many of the new features of iOS 13.1 are also available in iPadOS 13.1, such as dark mode, improved photos, login with Apple, new text editing, and more. Siri sounds more natural and reminders have been completely rectified.
The ability to open multiple windows at the same time is the ability to truly separate the iPad from the laptop. With the iPadOS, the iPad is one step closer to the laptop.
Side Pull allows you to place multiple windows on the screen at the same time and has been improved so you can split the same application across screens so you can work with multiple documents or emails side by side. Just like on a Mac, there will be App Exposé, you can view all the windows of an application, just click on the icon of the application in the dock.
There is also a lot of space to use, for example, you can use the same application on many different projects that are open. For example, pair Safari with mail or word processing software Pages.
You can also connect your iPad to the Mac with the upcoming macOS Catalina to create more workspaces. I have tried this, it’s cool. This feature is called the accompanying function.
Apple’s so-called “smart text selection” feature makes typing text operations easier, for example, by tapping twice to highlight. Multi-choice means you can quickly select a block of text; using Cursor Navigation makes it easier to work with text. If you use an external keyboard such as the Smart Keyboard, there are now new keyboard shortcuts. If you’re used to the on-screen keyboard, it’s now more functional, and you can move it around and split it into two. The speed skating that the iPhone just introduced also appeared in the iPadOS. By the way, the App Store will have fonts for download and use to increase the diversity of layouts.
Software improvements have made Apple Pencil’s latency shorter, meaning that virtual ink appears on the screen more naturally than ever. Although the past is already quite good. In addition, there is a new tool palette and some new tools have been added. With these, you can do more things. Just use a pencil to slide up from the bottom corner to annotate and mark it; it can be used in both the left and right corners, so the left and right dice can be used freely.
This is another aspect of the difference between a tablet and a PC. iPadOS seeks to solve this problem by supporting external hard drives, local storage, and getting nested folders. There will also be a preview pane, shortcuts to an external keyboard, and more.
There are a lot more……
For example, improved augmented reality and mail features (such as rich text formatting), better maps, scrolling of lyrics in Apple Music, perfect alignment with timeline, easier Wi-Fi network, and how to use Bluetooth accessories. Finally, you can access it directly from the control center.
You can also share audio between two compatible Apple and Beats headsets, and even content in a specific format can play Dolby Atmos.
iPadOS is the biggest development of the iPad so far, so it definitely deserves its own name. This is an exciting, feature-rich update.