If you've been using an iPad, you know that many important features are missing on computers. Support for mice and external storage devices, a proper desktop browser and better multitasking ̵
What is iPadOS?
Apple announced at WWDC 2019 the iPadOS operating system. Like tvOS also iPadOS is still based on iOS. iPadOS is based on the upcoming iOS 13 operating system. However, it has a new name and more features that are only available for iOS and are not available on the iPhone.
Mouse Support for iPad
Apple has not announced this on the WWDC on stage, but it looks like the iPad (and possibly iPhone) will get mouse support! If you connect a USB mouse (or presumably a Bluetooth mouse) to your iPad, you'll get a kind of mouse pointer to navigate through the interface.
iPads already support external keyboards with keyboard shortcuts, so the user interface should be much more powerful and PC-like.
However, it is unclear whether the new mouse support provides right-click support for opening a context menu. We look forward to seeing exactly how it works when Apple releases the iPadOS 13 Beta.
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iPad multitasking has always been a sore point and now it's getting better.
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If you are in split view mode If you work with multiple apps on the screen, you will now have more powerful multitasking options. You can open multiple copies of the same app side-by-side – ideal for writing an e-mail while, for example, viewing an e-mail in Mail or viewing notes in Notes at the same time.
In addition, you can have an app paired side by side with several different apps in rooms. You could connect Safari to the Notes app in one area and Safari to Mail in another area.
It's also easy to open apps like these. You can pull a link from any app in your own area and on your iPad automatically opens Safari with this link. This also works with sites that open maps and e-mail addresses that open mail.
When you open the Dock and tap the app icon, all the panels open with the app are displayed. Just like on the Mac, it's called App Exposé.
Home screen plus widgets
Apple's iPad home screen was always limited to app icons. That has always been a bit silly – nowhere better than on a large 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Now you can make better use of Apple's full screen space. You can pin Widgets from the Today view to your home screen. Each time you press the Start button, these widgets appear to the left of the app icons, without you having to swipe over them. Everything you can do with a widget can now be displayed on your home screen, from live updates to shortcuts to actions in certain apps.
Apple has also optimized the layout of the home screen. The app's home screen will immediately display additional app icons. Even if you do not want widgets on your home screen, you can get everything you need with less wiping.
USB storage and network file shares
A change in iOS 13 means that you now have external drives – USB flash drives, hard drives, and even SD drives. Cards with an adapter – can connect directly to your iPad. The files on the drive are displayed in the file app on your iPad.
This means that photographers can quickly import photos from a digital camera into apps like Adobe Lightroom. But anyone can use it – if someone gives you files on a USB stick, you do not have to use a "real PC" to display them. The latest iPad professionals use USB-C ports, so they're natively compatible with new USB-C USB sticks and other adapters.
The iPhone can also access USB storage with iOS 13. This is especially useful for iPads.
Apple also announced support for SMB file shares – the protocol Windows uses for file sharing on the local network. You can access network file shares directly in your iPad's file app.
In addition, you can use "a variety of new keyboard shortcuts" with an external keyboard to navigate in the file app.
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Safari for iPad has always been A close relative of Safari for iPhone Many websites provide Safari on the iPad with bad "mobile" pages, so the iPad has the same minimal websites that appear on the iPhone, and stretch them to fit on the big screen. These mobile sites often lack the features and functionality of the desktop versions of the site.
You can avoid this by saying that Safari has a "request a desktop site" action, but you need to manually select it full desktop Ve rsion of each site.
In iPadOS you do not have to do this. Safari acts as a desktop browser and shows you the full desktop site that you would see in macOS. It is likely that Apple is changing the user agent of Safari for iPad to claim that it is a desktop browser and not a mobile one.
This makes the iPad more powerful – you now get the desktop web instead of a frequently crippled mobile.  In addition, Safari even gets a download manager. The Safari toolbar has a download button. Files that you download appear in the Downloads folder under Files.
For desktop navigation, Apple offers that the new Safari supports over 30 new shortcuts when using an external keyboard.
Console Game Controller Support
Apple offers support for the PlayStation 4 Dualshock 4 controller and Microsoft's Xbox One S controller, both of which use Bluetooth. Apple has announced this feature for tvOS, but iPad and iPhone are also supported by these controllers.
If you use your iPad to play – possibly the upcoming Apple originals in Apple Arcade or even remote games with something like Google Stadia or Microsoft xCloud – this offers a PC-like experience.
Previously needed Apple MFi controller. Support for excellent console controllers that you may already have is a great feature.
… Or turn your iPad into an external display
iPadOS has another feature that helps when it's time to move on to get to work. If you have a Mac, you can now use your iPad as an external display for your Mac thanks to the new Sidecar feature. Just plug it in and you can use your iPad as a second display or mirrored display. However, you do not even need to plug it in – you can use it as a wireless second display as long as it's not more than 10 meters away.
This feature has been used in third-party apps such as Duet Display and Luna Display, but now it is integrated with iPadOS and MacOS Catalina without the need for additional software.
Artists will find that the iPad now also acts as a Wacom tablet. With Sidecar, you can draw with the Apple Pencil on the iPad screen and draw apps like Photoshop.
Sure, your iPad will not become a computer anymore. However, if you have a Mac and iPad with you, this iPad can turn into a second display to give you a better desktop computing experience. & # 39;
Together with iOS 13, the stable version of iPadOS will be available sometime in the fall. It should make your iPad even more powerful. If you prefer the iPad as a simple tablet, you do not need to use any of these things.
For more information, see Apple's comprehensive overview of the new iPadOS features.