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Apple introduced the iPadOS operating system for its tablet division, i.e. the iPad models, in 2019. This is based on the iPhone operating system iOS, which was previously used for both devices. With iPadOS in 2019, however, new functions and usage options came to the tablets from Cupertino. The division of the screen when working with several apps at the same time has, for example, been significantly improved. In addition, with the first iPad Pro models with a USB-C interface, it was possible to connect hard drives, cameras and other external devices - something that is not possible with iOS on the iPhone.
Apple presented the proprietary tablet operating system iPadOS in June 2019 at WWDC. The previous contribution with the summary of the WWDC19 keynote Is there ... here. Among other things, a new dock on the home screen, widgets on its left side, functions such as slide over and split view with multi-window capability, improved options for text editing, the display of desktop websites in Safari and much more have been introduced.
Of course, the separation of the iPadOS system from iOS also enabled a deeper integration of the Apple Pencil on the iPad's display. With this one can - now in the 2nd generation - be written, drawn, noted and sketched. The iPad has long been more than just a larger iPhone without telephony requirements. iPads are more likely to be used as mobile computers, and thanks to the M1 chip, they now also have outstanding computing power.
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The operating system for the Apple iPad is now around two years old. It was launched in September 2019 with the iPad models of the time. In addition, it was possible to equip some existing models with the new system via a free update. The version numbers run in parallel with iOS, which was not clearly communicated by Apple at the beginning. So in autumn 2021 we expect iPadOS 15 for iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad mini in addition to iOS 15.
But what has happened since then? How will iPadOS develop from 2019 to 2020 to 2021? With iPadOS 14, Apple at WWDC 2020 announced that iPadOS will move closer to macOS on Mac. An example of this would be drop-down menus in menu bars, as you know it from the Mac, iMac and MacBook. In addition, the music app and other app examples have been optimized for the larger screen. Furthermore, the scribble function, Smart Selection, the universal search as with macOS Spotlight and more have been introduced.
Within the WWDC 2021 iPadOS 15 was then presented or announced. This means that new widgets and widgets will appear on the iPad screen from autumn 2021. In addition, multitasking is simplified when working with multiple apps in Split View with new buttons and gestures. Furthermore, the app switcher should benefit the workflow. Quick Note helps you to quickly create notes with a screen gesture. So you don't have to look for the notes app first. There is more information in the linked post.
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After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.