After announcing iOS 15, Apple used her keynote At WWDC 2021 to show iPadOS 15 integration with the new ability to apply widgets across the Home screen.
As expected from the WWDC keynote, Apple has outlined upcoming changes to the iPadOS operating system.
Although it includes many changes in iOS features, it also contains some changes aimed only at tablet users.
After debuting on the iPhone with iOS 14, Apple now allows widgets to be freely placed anywhere on the iPad’s home screen.
This includes a large widget size that takes advantage of the iPad’s larger screen. Apple is also bringing many new widgets. Including some tools for Find My, Contacts and GameCenter.
Multitasking has also been fixed. Many of the previous gestures have been replaced by a less difficult multitasking menu that allows users to choose between full-screen or split-screen interfaces.
There is what Apple calls the “shelf” in multitasking. The shelf displays all open windows of any application.
Other changes include the ability to create split-screen views directly from the multitasking interface and all-new keyboard shortcuts.
Apple announces iPadOS 15:
Apple also noted the changes to the Notes in its main presentation. Shared notes support tagging to tag other users as well as an activity feed to track changes between uses.
Tags can be used to sort and find notes more easily.
Quick Note is available system-wide by swiping up from the lower right corner. And you can write with the Apple Pencil.
Also, Quick Note is contextually aware. For example, while you are in Safari, if you want to create a quick note, it includes a link to the website you are currently visiting.
And with iPadOS 15, Apple brings a translation app to the iPad. It supports split screen and a new feature called machine translation that detects speaking time and languages.
It is then translated instantly in real time to help facilitate multicultural communication. Users can also translate anything in the operating system by highlighting it and clicking Translate.
And with a major update to Swift Playgrounds, users can build apps entirely across their iPad.
While it’s not as fully-featured as Xcode, it’s a first step in mobile app development.
Features of iOS 15:
Besides these iPadOS-specific changes, many of the updates included in iOS 15 are also being integrated into iPadOS 15.
This includes new focus status options with notification summary, and condensation of alerts down to a single notification when you switch modes.
Do not disturb notifications to others are also displayed in communications applications depending on the user’s status.
Audio and video improvements are arriving in FaceTime, as well as support for SharePlay and Shared with You in Apple apps.
FaceTime Connections allow FaceTime calls to be made across platforms, including with Android and Windows users.
Live Text, Apple’s camera OCR system, captures text in images used throughout the operating system. Including photographs of the user and those displayed on the Internet.
Expanding Apple’s new Maps experience to four other countries in 2021 is also on the table.
In cities, users see additional information such as business districts and individual buildings, while landmarks get custom designs and a night view mode.
The maps also have an augmented reality view that provides walking directions assistance when users scan nearby buildings with the camera.
Driving Navigation adds 3D intersections to help make it easier to understand route planning at complex intersections that overlap each other.