Late night yesterday Apple gave us an insight into the upcoming iPadOS 15. The conference was held online only where the company showed us what improvements and support the upcoming operating system will bring to the iPads. For those who have missed the event, here is a quick recap of the new software updates.
iPadOS 15 has got new improvements over the previous generation of iPadOS 14. The new OS will bring a new multitasking experience along with features like Split View and Slide Over that are easier to discover, easier to use, and more powerful. Now you will get to see a new multitasking menu at the top of apps. Also, the user will have quick access to the Home Screen when using Split View whereas the new shelf will allow multitasking with apps that have multiple windows like Safari and Pages, as well as quickly preview emails.
New keyboard shortcuts
iPad OS 15 will also introduce all-new keyboard shortcuts and a redesign of the menu bar with which you can quickly set up and switch between Split View and Slide Over. One can see new shortcuts for multitasking right from the keyboard.
Widgets can also be placed among apps on Home Screen pages offering a more personalised experience on the larger display of iPad. The bigger widget will show videos, music, games, photos, and more. iPadOS 15 also brings all-new widgets for App Store, Find My, Game Center, Mail, and Contacts.
App library upgrade
On the other hand, the App Library will help in organising apps into helpful categories like Productivity, Games, and Recently Added, and allowing users to access all their apps right from the Dock. For note-taking, new features will make the user experience easier by letting fast and easy ways to take notes anywhere across the system. Users can easily bring up Quick Note anywhere while browsing Safari or finding a restaurant on Yelp to write down or add links.
Notes can now also be organised, collaborate and capture information in new ways. Tags make it easy to categorise notes and find them quickly with an all-new Tag Browser and tag-based Smart Folders. While in shared notes, mentions create a way to notify collaborators and link them back to the note, and a new Activity view shows recent updates in the note.
iPadOS 15 will bring a similar experience to FaceTime like iOS15. You will be able to SharePlay while connecting with friends on FaceTime, including listening to songs together with Apple Music, watching a TV show or movie in sync, or sharing their screen to view apps together.
With the new tab design, Safari will offer a new browsing experience. A new tab bar takes on the colour of the webpage and combines tabs, the toolbar, and the search field into a single, compact design. Whereas Tab Groups will be providing a new way to easily save and manage tabs. These can also be synced across Mac and iPhone, so users can continue their project from anywhere or easily share them with friends and family. In addition to this Safari on iPad will also support web extensions, available from the App Store.
The new iPadOS 15 will also see a new Find Focus feature that filters notifications based on what a user is doing. This functionality has been brought to iPhone with iOS 15. Moreover, Live Text will use on-device intelligence to recognize text in a photo and allow users to take action. Other features like Spotlight will add the ability to search the Photos app and web images and has all-new rich results for contacts with context like recent conversations, shared photos, and their location if shared through Find My.
Translate gets a facelift
The Translate app also introduces new features that make conversations easier and more natural. The Auto Translate can detect when someone is speaking, and in which language, so users can converse naturally without having to tap a microphone button. Whereas face-to-face view allows two people to sit across from each other with an iPad between them and see translations of the conversation from their own side.
With Swift Playgrounds, users can learn how to code and can build iPhone and iPad apps right on their iPad and submit them directly to the App Store. A new open project format based on Swift packages can open and be edited in Swift Playgrounds for iPad as well as within Xcode on Mac, offering users even more versatility to develop apps across iPad and Mac.
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