If the iPad can ever turn out to be a full-fledged replacement to a modern laptop and even surpass in terms of functionality, iPadOS 13 can prove to be a monumental shift. To believe this huge possibility, all you need to do is just take the iPadOS 13 features a short spin. Really.
Even though I’ve always admired the iPad and loved using it, I’ve never found it a full-on notebook killer. Thinks like the absence of a top-notch web browsing experience and the enhanced file-management system has always kept the tablet a step back.
With Apple carving out a standalone OS for iPad, things are likely to change for the better. Enough praise, let’s see what the new operating system has to offer!
iPadOS 13 Features
Pretty Neat Home Screen
iPadOS sports a pretty neat and clean Home screen with a bit tighter grid of icons. It can let you swipe over to easily pin widgets on the Home screen.
Super Handy Slideover
Slideover is going to boost multitasking big time. With a quick swipe on the bottom, you can instantly access a bunch of apps that you have put in Slideover.
Wicked Cool Three-Finger-Gestures
Another thing that has caught my eyes in the iPadOS is the three-finger-gesture. You can use it to carry out several things more conveniently. For instance, you will be able to use three-finger pinch to copy, three-finger spread to paste and three-finger swipe to undo.
Oh yes, you can also take advantage of the three-finger gesture to cut with a double tap. Can’t wait to put my hands on this new add-on.
The OS has reportedly got mouse support, allowing you to connect a USB mouse to the iPad. One thing worth noting is that it’s not a standard feature as it has been introduced as an AssistiveTouch option within Accessibility setting. Moreover, it’s also said to work with Apple Magic Trackpad.
Frankly speaking, I’ve now fully accustomed with the buttery smooth swipe gestures on iPad. As a result, I hardly ever missed the lack of support for mouse. However, I always believed that its support could make the tablet even more user-friendly as there are many users who prefer to interact with the device in an old-school way. Besides, it appears to be a better option, especially when you want to use your device extensively–for a long period of time.
Thanks to the multi-windows capability, you will now be able to use a split view from within a single app. Even better, the OS will also let you use these windows in other apps.
Times when you are creating an extensive note or making a project and want to check out the important things without hopping from one end to the other, this feature can come into the play seamlessly.
More Powerful Files App
If a powerful Files app is what you had been looking for in the iPad, chances are high that you will finally embrace the operating system.
Files app now sports a column view pretty much like Finder on iOS. So, everything will look more organized and streamlined.
It also has an info pane that allows you to carry out small modifications on files. Besides, the support for iCloud Drive folder sharing seems to be a fine addition.
You wanted it big time, didn’t you? So, many of us had craved for a desktop-class web browsing on the iPad. And from what I can tell, Apple seems to be moving in the right direction.
Safari now auto-optimizes websites for touch so that you can navigate through web pages faster. What’s more, there are 30 keyboard shortcuts to let you get the work done more efficiently. Plus, it comes with a standalone download manager to let you take control of all the downloads and keep the clutter at bay.
Apple Pencil Latency Dropped to 9ms
If you use Apple Pencil with your iPad Pro, you would be glad to know that the tech giant dropped the latency from 20ms to 9ms. That means the digital pen will now run more smoothly on the tablet, allowing you to take notes, craft image, and even create amazing logos more proficiently.
Apple has also refined the standard Apple Pencil tool palette and allowed third-party apps can use it. Now, when you drag the Pencil from the corner, it will capture a screenshot of the markup.
That’s pretty much it!
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