IPadOS First Look: Apple's tablet software catches up to its hardware

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Just as Apple TV's tvOS is a version of iOS tweaked for TV use rather than an entirely different platform, iPadOS will be a particular flavor of iOS.

We covered the all-new Apple Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR earlier today but Apple's WWDC is more about software than hardware - the clue is in the name. Here's what Apple says about it: "A new option in iOS 13 helps slow the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your iPhone spends fully charged. iPhone with iOS 13 learns from your daily charging routine so it can wait to finish charging past 80% until you need to use it". It all adds up to a more laptop-like experience. There are third part apps that can do this (and some work with PC too) but it is good to see it folded into the base OS functionality.

Performance improvements make the entire system more responsive with faster Face ID unlock, and a new way to package iPad apps on the App Store that reduces download sizes by up to 50 percent, makes app updates up to 60 percent smaller, and results in apps launching up to twice as fast.

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Previously, you could have just installed the beta update over the air with a developer profile without even having to go through a computer as an intermediary. Last year's iOS 12 release focused exclusively on fixing bugs and smoothing out the mess that was iOS 11, so people wanted to see some exciting new features in this year's iOS 13 release. This change makes sense considering the latest iPad Pro has a almost 13-inch screen - the same as some of the smaller MacBooks and MacBook Airs.

iPadOS now enables you to capture full screenshots. And like the developer beta, the public beta program has some rules you'll want to follow.

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First of all you might be asking - what is iPad OS?

iPadOS tightens up the app grid and also allows you to pin widgets on the home screen, as you would on an Android device.

Text editing has also been improved on iPad, with new gestures for cutting, copying and pasting text.

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Since the launch of iTunes, lifestyles have shifted to streaming music, video and more from the internet cloud as online data centers and high-bandwidth connections gave rise to on-demand entertainment expectations. More importantly, all the iTunes-related purchases and libraries you've built up over the years - they'll now be found within each app on the Mac, depending what kind of content it is. Now, if you want to compare iOS 13 with Android, then here's a list of such features. And there's lot and lots and lots of shiny new stuff clawing for attention.

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