iPadOS 15 is the new major release of Apple’s operating system for the iPad. Apple just wrapped up the WWDC 2021 event with a bunch of new software update announcements including the iPadOS 15. Apple also announces iOS 15 and watchOS 8 in the event. So, if you are excited about the new iPadOS 15 and its features, then you are at the right place. In this article, we will talk about iPadOS 15 Features, Supported Devices, Roadmap and more.
It is not long ago when Apple starts rolling updates separately for iPhones and iPads, all this happen with the iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 release. And later in iPadOS 14, Apple introduced Home Screen widgets for the first time, expanded stock apps with unique iPad design elements like sidebars in Photos and Apple Music, new interfaces for Siri, phone calls, and more.
iPadOS 14 brought a new search experience, a system-wide handwriting recognition, and other changes designed to improve the iPad experience with Apple Pencil and the Magic Keyboard. And it will be interesting to see new iPadOS 15 features.
iPadOS 15 Features
Over the years, Apple has made changes to its internal development process for iPadOS updates that make it easier for developers to add and remove new features. This makes each yearly release more stable because they can remove features that are not ready. And as you know iPadOS generally comes with features similar to iOS except for a few exclusive features for iPad. So also check out our iOS 15 article.
Now let’s take a look at the expected iPadOS 15 Features.
New Notification Controls
iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 also come with a new Notification layout that groups the same type of notifications. Notifications now appear with contact photos and bigger app icons. Notification summary shows the collection of notifications based on the schedule which we can set manually. You can select Do not disturb mode and it will automatically set the DND for messages as well.
It let you customize notification settings depending on current activity, such as working, sleeping, or other categories.
iMessage has become an important feature of iPadOS. And with iPadOS 15, you can do even more with the updated iMessage. You can now access shared content directly from stock apps like Articles from the News app, Songs from Apple Music, Images from Photos, and more. In stock apps, there is a new ‘For you’ section where you can access shared content. And also you can now reply directly from other apps to the person who shared it with you. You don’t have to open Messages to reply.
Redesigned Home Screen with Widgets
The iPadOS 15 introduces some new widgets that allow us to create a setup that makes accessing content easier. Not only this, but new size widgets also make the home screen view great.
You can now use Widgets along with the App icons on your iPad. Different Widget sizes make Widget placement easier.
Adding too many Widgets can send your frequently used apps to the last screen. And opening the app will take more time as you have to first scroll to the tab where your app icons are located. So, to tackle this situation, iPadOS 15 now comes with an App Library section which you can access directly from the dock in one tap. App library organizes apps and shows them in the cluster so that you can have all apps in one place.
Apple is heavily investing in improving privacy of users, and with iPadOS 15 it is even better.
You can now check the Privacy report with data of apps that has access to permissions and to which third party domains they contact.
Multitasking is probably the main feature of the iPad which is why users prefer iPad because it has a bigger screen and allows using more than one app. iPadOS 15 allows us to enable multitasking with just one tap on top. You can choose Split view to show two apps side by side.
To swap any app, just swipe down and choose another app you want. Shelf and keyboard are also other additions that take multitasking to the next level.
Notes also received a major update that makes taking notes easier than before. iPadOS 15 also comes with Translate that works system-wide which you can also use during multitasking.
Swift Playground is another main highlight of the iPadOS 15 which allow developers to develop apps and games directly from your iPad. Don’t have a Mac, no worries, take your iPad and go on with your developer skills.
So, these are the iPadOS 15 features. Of course, there are some other features that are more specifically for various services that will be available across all platforms. So you can check more features here.
Now let’s take a look at the list of iPadOS 15 Supported Devices.
iPadOS 15 Supported Devices
In the last two years, Apple hasn’t dropped support for any iPhones and iPads. All iPads that received iPadOS 13 also received iPadOS 14 last year. And it looks like all the iPads running iPadOS 14 will again get to experience the new iPadOS 15.
This year’s iPadOS 15 update is compatible with the following iPads:
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
- iPad Pro 10.5-inch
- iPad Pro 9.7-inch
- iPad (8th generation)
- iPad (7th generation)
- iPad (6th generation)
- iPad (5th generation)
- iPad mini (5th generation)
- iPad mini 4
- iPad Air (4th generation)
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad Air 2
If your iPad makes it to the list, then you will be excited to know the iOS 15 Availability. Well, we can say it’s not too far when you can get access to the iOS 15 beta. You can check out specific dates in the iPadOS 15 Roadmap section.
iPadOS 15 Roadmap
iPadOS 15 introduced at Apple’s WWDC 2021 today along with iOS 15 and watchOS 8.
And just after wrapping up the WWDC event, Apple releases the iOS 15 developer beta for developers. And as usual, the developer beta will first run for few weeks until it makes an appearance for the public beta testers. And as per Apple, the iOS 15 Beta will be available to the public next month in July.
Talking about the stable iOS 15 release, it will be available for everyone starting this fall. So, get ready for the new iOS 15 with new features.
So that was it on the iOS 15 Features, Supported devices, and Roadmap. Let us know if your iPad is going to get the next iOS 15 update. And in case if we missed any important feature from the list, make sure to let us know in the comment section.
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