According to the latest announcement of the most powerful iPad: the M1-powered iPad Pro, Apple has now announced iPadOS 15 along with iOS 15 and macOS Monterey at WWDC21 on June 7, 2021. The company announced many features that focus on multitasking. If you missed any of the announcements, don’t worry, we’re here to help. Let’s understand everything in detail.
iPadOS 15 features
It wouldn’t be fair to say that the features announced for iPadOS 15 are brand new, but rather all of the revamped features that were previously in iPadOS 14. I would call it a rebranding with some big improvements. Below are some key changes that you will see in iPadOS 15.
iPadOS 15 widgets
Formerly in iPadOS 14, the use of widgets was restricted because they were locked in the Today view on the left side of the home screen. We still don’t know why it was held that way. As announced in WWDC21, with iPad OS 15 you can place widgets anywhere you want. Compared to the previous operating system, iPadOS 15 offers sports widgets for many apps.
Multitasking on iPadOS 15
Multitasking is another reworked feature that you would see on the iPadOS 15. With it, you can easily switch to dual screen apps and disable them when you are not using them at all. We’re not yet clear about the difference it makes compared to the split-screening feature on the previous iPadOS. But one thing has certainly changed and that is how to enable split screen. Before, you used to enable it by dragging and dropping apps, but it’s changed now, you get a separate dock that lets you do those functions with just a tap. You can also leave multitasking windows on shelves for quicker access.
Redesigned notes app
It’s fair to say that the Notes app has turned into something like Google Docs. I say this because the updated Notes app has sports tagging, allows you to view revision history, and many more features that we already have in the Google Docs app.
However, you’ll see some new improvements where you can access the Quick Note from any page by simply swiping up from the corner of your iPad with the help of an Apple Pencil. All of this is possible using some random apps on your iPad.
SharePlay function on FaceTime
Do you remember the “View together” function on the Facebook Messenger app? It’s similar stuff. FaceTime’s SharePlay feature enables users to enjoy music, movies, and TV shows, and provides screen sharing options to all users on the call. Plus, you can extend the playback screen to the Apple TV while staying connected during the call. Apple has also announced support for playback in various apps like Twitch, Hulu, and more.
iPadOS 15 app library
The App Library is not a brand new feature available on the iPadOS 15, it is available in iOS 14 even. The app library is a kind of menu that lists all of your apps on a separate screen (similar to the app drawers you find on Android smartphones).
If you’re a disorganized person, the app sorting feature helps organize different apps based on how often you use them. You can access the app library on your iPad from any page.
iPadOS 15 universal control function
Always wanted to drag your work or some elements from the small screen to a larger one, as shown in a science fiction movie? With the new universal control function introduced with iPadOS 15, your wish has just been fulfilled. This feature enables drag-and-drop functionality from one Apple device to another.
Let’s say you are working on content on your iPad, but you need that content on your Mac. All you have to do is drag the document to the side of the screen and drag it onto your Mac’s screen, it’s that simple. We don’t yet know how to set this up, but it definitely sounds magical to me personally. You can also use the iMac or MacBook cursor with the iPad.
Additional iPadOS 15 functions
Aside from the above, other announcements were made. To give an idea of what they are, we’ve grouped all of the other features together in the listing below.
- A new set of keyboard shortcuts announced that will help you operate your iPad without touching the iPad screen.
- The translation app is making its debut on the iPad with iPadOS 15 where you can practice languages with your handwriting using an Apple Pencil. You can also translate the foreign language in the document by opening the app in split view.
- With Swift Playgrounds, you can create iOS apps right from your iPad.
iPadOS 15 compatible devices
Apple has confirmed that iPadOS 15 will be rolled out on the listed iPads over time:
- iPad Pro (2015/2017/2018 /2020/2021)
- iPad Air 2/3/4
- iPad (2017/2018/2019/2020)
- iPad Mini (2015/2019)
iPadOS 15 release date
Apple has confirmed that the stable version of iPadOS 15 for all compatible iPads listed above will be released in “Fall” 2021, around September / October.
When looking at the features of the iPadOS 15, it appears Apple has tried to tweak existing features for a better user experience. It will be interesting to take a look at the stable version. If you have any thoughts on this, feel free to comment below.