Apple unveiled iPadOS 15 at the WWDC 2021. It brings a lot of improvements and refinements to the iPadOS. One of the main innovations in iPadOS 15 is the ability to place widgets on any desktop anywhere on the screen using the widget gallery.
Apple unveiled iPadOS 15 at the WWDC 2021. It brings a lot of improvements and refinements to the iPadOS. One of the main innovations in iPadOS 15 is the ability to place widgets on any desktop anywhere on the screen using the widget gallery. New widgets have been added such as the Files app, Apple TV, and others. In addition, Apple has added an App Library (App Drawer) to iPadOS. Below we list some of the significant improvements that iPadOS 15 brings.
What’s new in iPadOS 15
Apple has redesigned the multitasking menu in iPadOS 15. You can quickly minimize an app in Split View to launch another app and place two windows on the same screen. The program understands which application you are using at the moment, and makes other windows secondary. Essentially Apple has added a new multitasking option that takes up less screen real estate.
iPadOS 15 also allows you to work more efficiently in your notes. You can tag colleagues or friends right in the note and add hashtags to quickly find the note. The new quick note allows you to quickly create a note without opening an application. You can do so using a small window using the keyboard or Apple Pencil. In the future, any other app will be able to call this window to add text from a note there.
Not without an update to the Translation app, which first appeared in iOS 14. iPadOS 15 adds a new auto-translation feature and text interaction with Apple Pencil.
A more interesting innovation is the creation of real applications on the iPad using Swift Playgrounds, the code of which is recognized even in Xcode. Now you can create apps for iPhone and iPad right on iPad.
New iPadOS 15 features
IPadOS 15 also brings the core functionality of iOS 15. FaceTime calls on iPad now support spatial audio for more realistic and natural sound. Voice Isolation allows your voice to dominate over background noise and the microphone picks up more sound than before. FaceTime also introduces Portrait Mode, which blurs the background so you can focus on your face.
Apple announced a new SharePlay feature for FaceTime that allows people to share music, movies, etc during a group call. SharePlay will use iOS features such as picture-in-picture, iMessage, and others to seamlessly work across multiple devices simultaneously.
The new iPadOS update also includes new tools to help you stay focused on work or play, such as updated notifications that are easier to identify. It also brings a Notification Summary section that lists notifications by priority. You can customize which notifications appear at different times of the day, allowing you to separate work and personal notifications. All of these settings sync across Apple devices.
We can now accompany Memories in the Photos app with tracks from Apple Music. We can apply effects based on the song, and Spotlight search has gotten some more advanced search capabilities.
It Lacks Real Innovations
iPadOS 15 did bring some interesting features, but was this what users were expecting? The M1-powered iPad Pro is just as powerful as Apple’s latest iMac, MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. The release of the M1 chip fueled calls for Apple to turn iPadOS into a platform that can properly harness all this power for those trying to use devices as laptop replacements.
Sadly, Apple has done little to remove the limitations of iPadOS that are preventing the iPad from becoming more functional. We would like to see features like multi-user support, a more advanced Files app, and better support for external displays. We also want to see professional apps like Final Cut and Logic Pro on the iPad.