As expected from the WWDC keynote, Apple has outlined upcoming changes to the iPadOS operating system.
Although it includes many changes in iOS features, it also contains some changes aimed only at tablet users.
After debuting on the iPhone with iOS 14, Apple now allows widgets to be freely placed anywhere on the iPad’s home screen.
This includes a large widget size that takes advantage of the iPad’s larger screen. Apple is also bringing many new widgets. Including some tools for Find My, Contacts and GameCenter.
Multitasking has also been fixed. Many of the previous gestures have been replaced by a less difficult multitasking menu that allows users to choose between full-screen or split-screen interfaces.
There is what Apple calls the “shelf” in multitasking. The shelf displays all open windows of any application.
Other changes include the ability to create split-screen views directly from the multitasking interface and all-new keyboard shortcuts.
Apple announces iPadOS 15:
Apple also noted the changes to the Notes in its main presentation. Shared notes support tagging to tag other users as well as an activity feed to track changes between uses.
Tags can be used to sort and find notes more easily.
Quick Note is available system-wide by swiping up from the lower right corner. And you can write with the Apple Pencil.
Also, Quick Note is contextually aware. For example, while you’re in Safari, if you want to create a quick note, it includes a link to the website you’re currently visiting.
And with iPadOS 15, Apple brings a translation app to the iPad. It supports split screen and a new feature called machine translation that detects speaking time and languages.
It is then translated instantly in real time to help facilitate multicultural communication. Users can also translate anything in the operating system by highlighting it and clicking Translate.
And with a major update to Swift Playgrounds, users can build apps entirely across their iPad.
While it’s not as fully-featured as Xcode, it’s a first step in mobile app development.