Aside from iOS 13 version, Apple also split another operating system for iPad models. iPhone gets iOS 13 version and iPad will run on the new OS, called iPadOS. Although it’s still based on the same platform as iOS 13, there are some tweaks and enhancement in very specific ways. The Home Screen now comes with widgets, there is a desktop class in Safari browser, and many more. Here are the best iPadOS 13 features you should know about.
iPadOS 13 For iPad: The Best Features
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The first thing you will notice after installing the iPadOS 13 update on your iPad is the gorgeously new Dark mode. It instantly flips the colors on your tablet. Your device background will get black while the text is white. The Dark Mode will be enabled across the entire operating system, along with with inbuilt apps, as well as third-party apps that are compatible with the new APIs. You can also opt for enabling it automatically at sunset.
Several Versions Of Same App Windows
iPadOS 13 has already solved the two biggest issues of working on an iPad. One of them is that you were not able to run two instances of the same app on previous iOS versions. However, you can now run multiple instances of an app, and easily manage them from a simple App Expose UI.
All it requires is to use drag and drop. Just grab a part of an app, like a note title in the Notes app, then move it to the edge of the screen and dock it there. After that, you can create another instance of it. When tapping on an app’s icon from the Dock once it’s already opened, you will see all the instances of the app. When you don’t want to use it anymore, simply swipe up to get more space.
Multiple Apps in Slide Over
There are now multiple apps running in Slide Over. After you open an app in the floating window, simply drag an app from the Dock to the Slide Over window. They will automatically switch and there will be an iPhone style home bar at the bottom of the screen. Swiping horizontally on it will switch between opening Slide Over apps.
You can also swipe up to see all the open Slide Over apps and swipe an app preview up on to close it.
Automation in Shortcuts App
Shortcuts app does not receive a big and wise change in the new iPadOS 13. Instead, it just looks flatter and the design language is similar to the Reminders app.
However, the best part hear comes from the new Automation tab when it now brings real automation to Shortcuts. A shortcut in the previous version could only be performed manually by the. But you can now set up Shortcuts to automatically trigger a shortcut based on your preferred time and place.
NFC tags are supported as well and they are integrated with Apple Home app. You can set up workflows including HomeKit triggered by just by tapping on your iPhone to an NFC tag.
Desktop Class Safari
Safari will automatically show up a desktop version for iPad every time you open it. When a website expects mouse or trackpad input, you need to touch input maps correctly. The large screen on the iPad can now be taken advantage by website scaling, so you will see a website at an optimal size. Scrolling within web pages is now much faster.
Tighter Home Screen
The iPad Home screen has been tweaked into a grid and you will now have a row of 6 icons if you are using a 10.9-inch iPad Pro.
When swiping in from the left edge, the Today View widgets will be stuck on the left edge. You can check out and use your widgets easily. However, you can pit it as well so that it’s available from the Edit menu.
Download Manager in Safari
Safari now comes with a download manager on both iPhone and iPad devices. If that link can be downloaded, there will be a popup prompting if you want to download the file. You will then see a Download icon in the toolbar. Simply tap on it to start all your downloads.
Once the download is completed, the file will be saved locally into the Downloads folder in the Files app on your iPad.
Offline Folder Organization in Files
Files app in iPadOS 13 allows you to create folders and move all files on the local storage of your iPad. This is something that Files app could not do before. You now no longer have to rely on third-party services to safely organize files on your iPad.
Files App Supports External Storage
Files app in iPadOS 13 can now work with external storage, meaning that you can connect an external hard drive or a flash drive to your iPad for transferring files directly. The conencted device will be read it as a storage and File app allows you to interact with it thorugh other apps. You can easily save your data from apps to external storage.
Additionally, you can directly import photos from the external drive to an app on your iPad like Lightroom without opening Files app first.
Improved Share Sheet
Share sheet has been overhauled a bit. You will find a new smart sharing option with AirDrop as well as contact suggestions on the top. The entire actions section has already been redesigned as well and it’s now a vertical list of actions. All available actions will be listed in the form of a long list. You no longer have to enable or disable action anymore.
Use Your iPad as Mac Second Screen
With the new Sidecar feature, you can now use your iPad as a secondary display for a Mac that’s running on macOS Catalina version. It can work on both wirelessly and a wired connection. The process is very fast and you will see no latency. If your iPad comes with Apple Pencil, you can use your iPad as a drawing tablet.
Apple has finally paid attention to text selection seriously. Just tap and hold on the cursor and you can pick it up and move it around instantly.
Choosing a block of text is now much easier. All you need is to tap on a word and swipe to the place you want to select, like the end of a paragraph. Your iPad will then select all the text in between these two points.
Once it’s selected, simply use your gestures to copy it. Pinch in with three fingers to copy, pinch out using three fingers to paste it.
Redesigned Reminders App
The Reminders app has been re-created from the ground up and it’s now more modern when supporting natural language input. You can start by typing your reminder and the app will automatically figure out the date, time and the place.
You can also take advantage of the new toolbar to quickly add time, date, location, flags, or even documents to your reminders.
Better Photos Experience
Photos app in iPadOS 13 now brings a better browsing experience. There is a new Photos tab storing all your photos in the form of a list. You can easily pinch in and out to zoom images. Switch to the Days tab at the top if you want to only show the most beautiful photos from given days. The same is for the Months tab.
Photo app comes with a new photo editor. To access it, simply tap on the Edit button. The new UI in the app is now more visual and easier to use. You will also find all standard tools, along with new tools for editing such as Brilliance, Highlights, Shadows, and others grouping together. A good auto-enhance mode also appears in the Photo app settings. The new Video editor in iPadOS 13 is much better as well when it lets you quickly crop videos, rotate videos, change the aspect and more.
Apple took the time to solve a few small annoyances in iPadOS 13. The volume HUD is no longer a large slider in the mđle of the screen, instead, it’s just a small slider at the top. The new version also allows you to change the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth networks directly from Control Center.