9 Reasons to Upgrade to iPadOS

Apple released the new version of the iPad’s operating system, iPadOS, on 24th September, but why should you be interested? Let’s look at 9 excellent reasons to upgrade your iPad to the new iPadOS.

Performance Improvements

Apple has made under-the-hood enhancements and optimisations to make iPadOS run faster on your iPad. Face ID unlocks your iPad 30% faster, apps are smaller in download size and now launch up to twice as fast as before.

New Home Screen

With the new iPadOS, Apple has made a few changes to the iPad Home screen. There’s a new Today widgets sidebar right there on the first page, but only if you want it. There’s also more space, so you can put more app icons on a single screen. It’s so much more efficient; everything’s at your fingertips.

Dark Mode

Dark Mode was introduced to the Mac with macOS: Mojave, and a year later, it comes to the iPad with iPadOS. Switching to Dark Mode changes the way the screen looks, for example, using white text on a black background. It’s available system-wide, so Apple’s own apps also benefit from it. More and more third-party developers are making their apps Dark Mode compatible too, so if you prefer a darker screen, it’s fantastic news.

Look Around

Maps has gained some great new features, including a 3D street view. To access it, tap Look Around or the Binoculars icon. It’s currently only available in San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Honolulu, but it will undoubtedly roll out elsewhere soon.

Edit Videos

Videos can now be edited just like photos. Tap Edit and you can change the start and end points of the movie, clip off extraneous footage, change the exposure, add filters, and crop or straighten it.

QuickPath Keyboard

The QuickPath, or ‘swipe’, keyboard allows you to type by dragging your finger across the keys without lifting it when using the smaller, floating keyboard. Predictive text is offered as before, but, when swiping, the replacement is added as soon as you lift your finger.

Mouse Support

You can pair a mouse with an iPad and iPadOS, but it’s not easy. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch, and tap AssistiveTouch. On the next screen, turn AssistiveTouch on. Scroll down and tap Pointing Devices, then tap Bluetooth Devices. Put your mouse into Paring Mode (see instructions), and it should pair and start to work.

Console Controllers.

You can also pair an Xbox One or PS4 Dual Shock controller, and thankfully, it’s a lot easier. Put your controller into Paring Mode (PS4: hold PS and Share buttons until the light on top flashes. XB: hold Connect for three seconds. Go to Settings > Bluetooth, on your iPhone, and find your controller listed. Tap it to pair

Revamped Reminders

Reminders has had a complete overhaul, and is packed with new features. It’s far better organised, with automatic smart lists for tasks that are due today or listed as important, and it’s easier to create tasks too. ‘Scheduled’ lets you see all reminders that have a do-by date, ‘Today’ shows all reminders due that day, and ‘All’ shows all your reminders from every list together.

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Ian Osborne

Ian has worked on computer and video games magazines since the legendary Crash and Zzap! 64 in the early Nineties, so he’s seen many changes over the years (including an expanding waistline and receding hairline). A lifelong Mac user, he bought his first Mac in the year 2000. It’s a testament to the resilience of the Mac that his mother is still using that computer to this very day.

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