iPadOS 15, the operating system for Apple tablets, has been one of the protagonists of its WWDC21 event, as they have taken the opportunity to show some of the new features of its version 15, which is expected to reach our devices after the summer.
One of the great new features of iPadOS 15 will be its improved multitasking to facilitate the simultaneous use of several apps, beyond the two that allows us to handle the Slide Over function already implemented in iPadOS 14.
The update of the Split View function allows us to drag to the side the app we have open, showing the home screen so that we can open a new app (or a new window of the same app) from it, which will occupy a proportional portion of the screen.
In addition, iPadOS 15 will have a new feature called ‘Shelf’, an area where we can send apps by minimizing them, and then retrieve them again when we need to use them again.
Changes from the home screen itself
But we will not need to open a single app to start noticing the changes of the new operating system: without going any further, the ‘home screen’ will include the option to add widgets (with extra-large size, appropriate to the size of the iPad), anywhere on it, and not only on its left margin. This feature is already implemented in the current version of iOS.
Another new feature of this mobile OS that was also available in version 14 of its sister system for smartphones is the app’s library, which helps us to better organize the apps installed on our device.
On the other hand, the Notes app will now allow us to organize them better thanks to the introduction of hashtags and share them more easily: simply by quoting the other user using the @.
In addition, the new ‘Quick Note’ feature will facilitate the quick creation of notes by dragging the Apple Pencil from one of the lower corners of the phone.
But that’s not all: from now on, we will also have the Translation function on our iPad, which will provide us with automatic voice translation in several languages and integration with the Live Text function, which allows us to copy and paste text scanned from an image file or the device’s camera.
However, we will not see changes to the lock screen for now: Apple had planned to introduce them, but it seems that they will not be launched until iPadOS 16 enters the scene next year.
Nor do we know anything for now about the rumored new privacy panel, which would allow us to display the permissions of each installed app.