Apple unveiled updates to watchOS, iOS, macOS, and iPadOS at the recently concluded Worldwide Developers Conference 2021. iPadOS 15, the latest update for the iPad, carries over similar features from iOS 15 and macOS Monterey. In addition, the new iPadOS also brings a redesigned home screen and improves multitasking.
Among the features that iPadOS 15 shares with the new updates of iOS 15 and macOS include the improved FaceTime, SharePlay, Quick Note, Focus Mode, and redesigned Safari, to name a few.
It also shares the Universal Control coming to the macOS Monterey which allows you to seamlessly work on the Mac and iPad with a single mouse and keyboard.
Widgets and App Library
The new update to iPadOS now allows you to place widget among apps on Home Screen pages. These are redesigned specifically for the larger display of iPads. It includes widgets for App Store, Find My, Game Center, Mail and Contacts.
Along with the widgets, comes the App Library that automatically organizes apps into categories like Productivity, Games, and Recently Added.
Multitasking and Keyboard shortcuts
The new update also has a new multitasking menu that appears at the top of apps that lets you either Split View or Slide Over with just a tap. You’ll also have a quick access to the Home Screen when using Split View, making it easier to get to the right app. The new shelf also allows you to multitask with apps that have multiple windows like Safari and Pages and quickly view emails.
The external keyboard also has new shortcuts and a redesign of the menu bar. The update now lets you quickly set up and switch between Split View and Slide Over with the new shortcuts.
iPadOS 15 update schedule
iPad OS 15 is currently available in developer preview and will enter public beta next month. The update will be available in Fall for iPad mini 4 and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and all iPad Pro models.
For a full rundown on iPadOS 15, click here.