Apple took advantage of WWDC 2021 to present the iPadOS 15, the new version of the iPad operating system. New in the update include customizable widgets and home screens, revamped multitasking features, more functions for Notes, arrival of Translate, and an app for developing other apps. The update will be released between September and December 2021 for all iPads compatible with iPadOS 14.
Customizable widgets on iPadOS 15 home screens
The iPadOS 15 will update the widgets feature on the iPad. With the update, users will be able to customize the device’s screens with widgets freely, just like on the iPhone. Until then, the icons were concentrated in a side tab visible only on the home screen.
Due to the iPad’s larger display, widgets will gain a new, larger size. In addition, the device will get its own widget gallery with new tools, like the Files widget, which will show the device folders as on a shelf.
Apple will also bring to the iPad other features that have been on the iPhone since last year. The app library will be included in the iPadOS 15 dock, as will the option to rearrange or hide app pages directly from the home screen.
Multitasking features revamped in iPadOS 15
The iPad’s multitasking tool will be revamped in iPadOS 15 with new icons and functions in split view mode. To manage the open apps, there will be a menu at the top of the screen to make the apps full screen, taking up half of the display or compressed on the side.
The two open apps will be controlled individually, and the system will even have a new feature called “Shelf”, which will store windows with different application options. The user can create two windows — one with the email and notes apps, the other with the web browser and reminders, for example — and switch between them with a tap.
iPadOS 15 will also allow you to expand elements in each of the open apps to improve visualization. For example, in the email app the user will have the option to touch and hold a message to display it in a larger size in the middle of the screen.
Updates in Notes and arrival of Translate to iPadOS 15
At WWDC 21, Apple also introduced new features for the Notes and Translate apps. In the new version of the system, Notes will gain resources to work on shared documents, such as tags and mentions.
In addition, the app will have a brand new “Quick Notes” feature, which can be accessed by swiping up from the lower right corner of the iPad. These notes will be on top of other windows and will be able to include information from the open application. In Safari, for example, the user will be able to paste the address of a recently opened website without having to close the browser.
Another new feature of iPadOS 15 is the official arrival of Translate to iPad. The app will have automatic translation feature, which will identify voices and the language being spoken. Incidentally, the application will also have support for Apple Pencil, allowing training in handwriting.
Swift Playgrounds lets you create iPad and iPhone apps
Closing the new iPadOS15, Apple unveiled a new version of Swift Playgrounds, a programming platform with promise to simplify code learning. With the update, users will be able to create iPhone and iPad apps directly from the tablet and publish them to the App Store.
During application development, there will be an option to view the app working in full screen to test all functions in real time. Also, projects can be shared and opened in Xcode on Mac.
iPads compatible with iPadOS 15
The iPadOS 15 does not have an exact release date confirmed yet, but Apple has already said that the system will be compatible with all iPads that received the iPadOS 14 last year, in addition to newer models. The update will reach the following devices:
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation);
- 11-inch iPad Pro (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation);
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro;
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro;
- iPad (8th generation);
- iPad (7th generation);
- iPad (6th generation);
- iPad (5th generation);
- iPad mini (5th generation);
- iPad mini 4;
- iPad Air (4th generation);
- iPad Air (3rd generation);
- iPad Air 2.