Apple introduced iPadOS 15 at WWDC, and users had high expectations of this, as the system has become a brake on high-end devices in recent years. However, Apple has only partially heard of the desire and improved multitasking. The system has received a new multitasking bar, where you can set whether the application will run in full screen, in split screen mode, or in Slide Over mode along with other applications.
Overall, however, I must say we were expecting more. Where is the spec support for macOS apps? Especially since a super powerful iPad Pro would look really good!
When Split Screen is activated, the running app can now slide to the edge of the screen so you have full access to the home screen as well. You can open the same application multiple times on different desktop computers. You will now see these in the bottom bar called Shelf, where you can switch between them. When working with apps, you can reopen another app in the center of the screen without leaving the previous app.
A new multitasking menu will make it easier to launch apps within the Split Screen and Split View.
The tools are also improved. Apple introduced it last year with iOS, but while we can move widgets between desktops for a year, that option is only coming to iPadOS this year. However, it should be noted that the widgets fit a larger screen and provide better options for customizing regions. A year later, iPadOS 15 finally got a library of all installed apps, which can be accessed through the dock.
Recently, it will be possible to launch a window in the middle above the applications and the ability to run applications on multiple desktop computers, which can be accessed through the so-called shelves at the bottom of the screen.
Quick notes are a practical novelty. If you have an Apple Pencil, you can now drag it from the bottom right corner to bring up a quick note window. You do not have to run any application and it does not matter where you are in the system. Notes saw, as in iOS 15, the ability to tag other users directly with text, activity history for the particular note and also support for hashtags with which to search for notes again.
A year later, iPadOS finally got a central set of apps that found a place on the dock. Gadgets can finally be placed anywhere on the desktop. Focus modes are a novelty.
The redesign was the same as (as in macOS) Safari, whose top bar is now recolored according to the content being watched. Extensions and the option to sort your favorite tabs into groups have also been added. New are redesigned maps with more detail and augmented reality navigation, improved Spotlight or the ability to work with text directly in images. Security parties will enjoy an overview of apps and their access to sensitive data or iCloud + by hiding your email addresses and IP addresses.
An impressive novelty is called Universal Control, which now allows a single mouse to control both the iPad and Mac at the same time. All you have to do is have the device with you and you can use your mouse pointer to seamlessly move from the macOS desktop on your PC to the iPad with iPadOS. In addition to moving the mouse, drag and drop files between systems also work in this way. The same post works with the keyboard. The impressive thing is that the machines can be side by side and more, the demo was done on three machines.
There is other similar news for iOS 15. See, for example, SharePlay, that is, simultaneous monitoring of selected content with other users through FaceTime or possible screen sharing. There is also spatial audio in Facetime, links for Group FaceTime calls, an improved Do Not Disturb mode with so-called focus modes created according to specific situations (work, sleep, etc.), notifications have been graphically reworked here, and are now simpler and clearer .
iPadOS 15 also features SharePlay to sync content with other people on FaceTime. In addition, spatial audio and noise filtering have been tested.
Developers on the iPad will be happy to improve Swift PlayGrouds, which thanks to SwiftUI will now allow you to develop and compile apps directly on the iPad, as well as publish directly to the AppStore. In addition, to facilitate programming in the application, you will find suggestions for commands and functions that you may want to use.
With enhanced Swift PlayGrounds, it will be possible to improve application programming within SwiftUI on iPad, which will be uploaded directly to AppStor.
Aside from Swift PlayGrounds, improved multitasking and a new schedule with a list of keyboard shortcuts, we’ve never seen anything an iPad could do more with a computer again. The standardization of processors for computers and tablets has clearly called for such a move. But for some reason, Apple limits the capabilities of iPads. You’ll at least be happy that you can download iPadOS 15 to 7-year-old devices like the iPad Air 2, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 4, the original iPad Pro and of course all the newer models.
Example of global control in iPadOS: