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iPadOS 15 will have new widgets and better multi-tasking

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Apple has announced many new features in iOS 15, and most of them are coming to the iPad as well, with the new iPadOS 15. Of course, there are also some new features that will come specifically for the iPad. First is a redesigned home screen that now supports widgets, just like iOS 14 did on the iPhone.

Now you can place widgets anywhere on the home screen you like; previously they were stuck in a column on the left side of the home page. There are new widget designs that take advantage of the larger screen, and the App Library (which also launched on the iPhone last year) is coming to the iPad. The App Library is a central place for every app on your iPad, which means you can customize your home screens, hiding apps you don’t use often.

Ultimately, the iPhone and iPad home screen experiences are now essentially identical, which is definitely a good thing.

There are also some new multitasking tools that can be selected at the top of the iPad’s display. From here, you can select whether you want to go into a single application, Split View or Slideover. When choosing a mode, you will have a preview of the home area to easily choose the app you want to add to your view.

iPadOS 15 will have new widgets and better multi tasking

Previously, you had to use the iPadOS dock to do this, which made new multitasking views complicated with apps that weren’t in the dock. When in split view, you can swipe down from either side of the screen to go to the home page and select a new app for that space as well.

You can swipe from the bottom to the top to see a new “bookcase” that shows all the windows for a specific application that you’ve opened; you can close them or add new windows from that view. And in the app switcher, which shows views of all open apps, you can also drag and drop apps together to create a new Split View configuration. There are also new keyboard shortcuts to manage your multitasking experience.

Notes will receive a significant update: shared notes. Now you can send a message to someone to add to Notes, use hashtags to organize notes, and see all activities in shared notes through a new activity viewer. There is also a new tool called Quick Note; swiping from the corner of the screen with the Apple Pencil brings up a new note you can type or write.

Safari is also getting big changes this year, across all Apple platforms. There’s a new UI bar that puts the browser’s tabs and URL bar on the same line, saving space. You can set up new groups of tabs, a feature Google added to Chrome last year, and for the first time Safari on the iPad will have support for the same web extensions you can use on the Mac, bringing it closer to a Mac experience.

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Developers will be happy to know that the iPad can fully encode applications for the iPhone and iPad using the Swift Playgrounds app. In fact, it’s the first time you’ve been able to use an iPad to develop apps for an iPad. There is no news yet on when the iPadOS 15 will arrive, but it should arrive in September, at the same time as iOS 15 and the new iPhones.

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