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WWDC22 Highlights: iPadOS 16 brings Stage Manager, iCloud Shared Photo Library, and new multitasking features to Apple iPads

Freeform includes complete support for the Apple Pencil, allowing users to observe, share, and interact in real-time on a flexible canvas.

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The keynote talk for WWDC 2022 also featured the introduction of iPadOS 16. The Stage Manager function, which is also included on macOS 13, improves multitasking on iPadOS. For iPadOS 16, Apple is also releasing a slew of new features like customizable toolbars, the option to change extensions in the Files folder, Navigation buttons in the Files app, and other features are on the way from Apple. There’s also the ability to search for and merge contacts, create lists in contacts, and undo/redo across the system. The Weather app, the option to modify file extensions, and virtual memory swapping are also new features.

In Messages, the new iPadOS introduces new ways to share and connect. Messages now have new features that make it simple to start collaborating and managing shared content across Files, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, Notes, Reminders, and Safari, as well as third-party apps. Everyone on the thread is automatically included to the document, spreadsheet, or project when users send a collaboration invitation through Messages.

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Everyone can see updates to shared files right at the top of the Messages thread when someone makes a change. When a user is working on a collaborative project, they may easily get into the related Messages conversation or make a FaceTime session with their collaborators by simply tapping. Users can now edit or remember recently sent messages, retrieve communications that have been accidentally erased, and mark conversations as unread so that they can return to them later. In addition to this users may now start a SharePlay session via Messages, allowing them to choose a shared activity — such as a movie, TV show, workout, or game — and enjoy it together in real-time while conversing.

Freeform is a new collaboration tool with a customizable canvas that allows users to see, share, and work in one location without having to worry about layouts or page sizes, and it also supports Apple Pencil. Users can see other people’s contributions as they upload information or make changes. Freeform, which will be available in iPadOS 16 later this year, allows collaborators to start a session from FaceTime and see updates from others in the Messages thread.

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Mail has been updated in iPadOS16 to include new features. Users are given the option to stop message delivery before it reaches the inbox of a recipient, schedule emails to be sent at the most convenient time, and move sent emails to the top of their inbox to swiftly send a follow-up. Remind Later allows users to resurface messages at any time and date, and users can be informed if they fail to add a crucial portion of the message, such as an attachment or recipient. Additionally, an all-new search experience corrects typos and uses synonyms for search phrases to provide more full and accurate results, and lets users to get a deeper perspective of contacts, shared material, and more.

Similar to iOS 16, iPadOS 16 is also getting iCloud Shared Photo Library which is a way to share photos in Memories, Featured Photos, and the Photos widget with up to six family members, so everyone can collaborate and enjoy the collection. Users can choose to submit all of their previous images or use setup tools to contribute specific photos based on a start date or individuals in the photos. Manually adding photos to the collection is possible, as well as using Bluetooth proximity or sharing suggestions in For You. The library is updated for everyone when someone in the Shared Library adds, modifies, or deletes photographs.

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Passkeys, a simpler and safer sign-in solution that replaces passwords on the web and in apps, make browsing in Safari even more secure. Passkeys are stored on the iPad and are unique to the websites for which they were created. Hackers can’t leak or deceive users into sharing passkeys because they’re unique digital keys that stay on the device rather than being stored on a web server. By scanning the QR code with an iPad and authenticating with Face ID or Touch ID, users may login to websites or apps on Apple and non-Apple devices using their saved passkey.

The Weather App is also coming to the iPad. Users may access the most significant weather information with only a swipe, or explore maps to check precipitation, air quality, and temperature with just a few taps. Users can also receive notifications when a severe weather alert is issued in their location, as well as monitor the air quality using a colour-coded scale.

iPadOS 16 has Live Text and Visual Look Up, just as iOS 16. The new version also contains a brand-new look for the Home app, as well as Matter support. In addition, the iPadOS update includes the new Messages app, which allows users to edit or recall text messages via the latest iOS release.

Stage Manager
Stage Manager

The Apple iPad will now get a Stage Manager that organises apps and windows for you, making switching between jobs a breeze. Users may now construct overlapping windows of various sizes in a single view, drag and drop windows from the side, or start apps from the Dock to build groups of apps for faster, more flexible multitasking on the iPad for the first time. Other open apps and windows are sorted on the left-hand side in order of recency, with the window of the programme users are working on prominently displayed in the centre.

Stage Manager enables complete external display capability with resolutions up to 6K on iPad Pro and iPad Air with the M1 processor and works with up to four apps on the iPad and four apps on the external display.

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Komila Singh
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Komila is one of the most spirited tech writers at Gadget Bridge. Always up for a new challenge, she is an expert at dissecting technology and getting to its core. She loves to tinker with new mobile phones, tablets and headphones.

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