Goodbye IOS, IPads Are Getting Their Own Operating System

Posted: Jun 5 2019, 4:46am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 5 2019, 4:49am CDT, in Technology News

 

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Goodbye iOS, iPads are getting their own operating system
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Apple’s iPads will no longer have to rely on the iOS after the company unveiled a new operating system specifically for the tablets at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

The tech giant officially launched the iPadOS, exclusively designed for the iPad. Unlike the previous iOS that was integrated into the old iPad versions, the iPadOS will have new capabilities that are designed and optimized for wider screens.

“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,” Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, said in a statement.

The iPadOS will have a new Home screen with widgets, a feature that is reminiscent of the Android OS. Users will be able to add a “Today View” to their iPad home screens and widgets such as headlines, weather, calendar, events and tips, among others.

With a Split View and Slide Over feature, iPad users can now open multiple files and documents from the same app or view and switch between multiple apps, such that users can write an email while viewing another email side by side. In addition, Apple is also integrating iCloud Drive support for the iPad’s Files app, giving users shared access to a folder, allowing them to collaborate on a certain project — similar to the Google Drive.

Much like the new iOS 13, the iPadOS will also offer a dark mode feature to make it easier for users to use the device in low-light environments and will also integrate the iOS 13’s new “Sign in with Apple” feature, allowing for a faster and more secure login option for users.

Additionally, the update will also offer custom fonts for iPad users, as well as a floating keyboard for one-handed typing. The redesigned Photos app on the iOS 13 is also coming to the iPadOS, which automatically hides clutter and similar photos, as well as the updated Maps app that shows more detailed and high-resolution satellite views.

The first version of the iPadOS will be available to the later iPad models, leaving the original iPad Air and the iPad mini 2 operating on iOS 12.

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