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The key iPadOS 16 features that make the iPad even more versatile and powerful

By Aaron Yip - on 7 Jun 2022, 4:31pm

The key iPadOS 16 features that make the iPad even more versatile and powerful

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iPadOS 16 is official, the latest version of the operating system for iPad that’s coming out later this year. The OS also shares a lot of its DNA with iOS and macOS, so new features such as a redesigned Home app and support for Passkeys in Safari will be coming to iPadOS 16 as well. But it’s also getting some improvements of its own.

 

Multi-tasking is getting the desktop treatment

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iPadOS 16 will give multi-tasking a huge boost, but only for M1-powered iPads – a bummer for those still using older-gen iPads. The Stage Manager feature Apple announced for macOS 13 is coming to the latest iPadOS too. So apps on the tablet can be shown as windows, are able to overlap with one another and can be dragged and dropped into place. You can even resize these windows, much like on the macOS.

 

A Weather App

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Need I say more? Like, finally!

 

Reference Mode

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For creative professionals, Reference Mode enables the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Liquid Retina XDR display to match the color requirements in workflows like review and approve, color grading, and compositing, where accurate colors and consistent image quality are critical.

 

Sharing just got easier

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Just like iOS 16 and macOS 13, ddding email addresses and granting access just got easier with iPadOS 16 as well. The new OS allows users to use the Share button in Files, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, Notes, Reminders, and Safari and share access via Messages to the relevant thread. Everyone will immediately get access, will be able to see updates, and can quickly start FaceTime calls with folks who are in a collaborative project. Apple has also said that it will be offering an API for developers to add similar functionality into their own apps.

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There’s also a new whiteboard app called Freeform that allows you and your fellow collaborators to contribute to a shared canvas. It supports Apple Pencil and can pull in a variety of filetypes including PDF documents, images, and web links. Freeform will also be available for macOS and iOS.

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