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Apple Releases iPadOS with New Home Screen, Updated Multitasking Gestures, Dark Mode, More

After iOS 13 launched last week, Apple today has begun rolling out iPadOS to all supported iPad devices. The update is built on iOS but catered to the form factor and power packed into the latest iPads, ranging from the baseline $329 iPad to the near-$1,000 iPad Pro. It’s also the software that’s launching on the new 10.2-inch iPad which begins shipping today.

Features

iPadOS (specifically iPadOS 13) includes a lot of features found in iOS 13, but it also has some new perks you simply won’t find on your iPhone. Here’s a breakdown of some of them.

  • New home screen with smaller icons and widgets
  • Multi-app support in Slide Over
  • Support for apps in multiple spaces
  • Layout memory in App Exposé
  • New Apple Pencil tools and shortcuts
  • Sidecar (use your iPad as a monitor for your MacBook)
  • New copy, cut, and paste gestures
  • Cursor navigation
  • Improved text selection
  • Mouse support
  • Floating keyboard support for easier input
  • Desktop-class browsing
  • Custom fonts support
  • Actual file browsing in the Files app, like on macOS
  • Dark mode
  • New Photos, Reminders, Maps, and Music apps
  • Improved performance
  • New AR experiences

Support

iPadOS is supported on the following iPads.

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • 11-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

How to install

The new software can be installed by going to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPad. From there, you should see iPadOS 13 ready to be downloaded. After making sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network and have enough battery life, go ahead and hit install.

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