Apple is launching an update to its iPad family of devices with iPadOS later this year. The firm announced it earlier at WWDC this year, and now we’ve gotten a release date — September 30th. Alongside iOS13 features like dark mode, iPad OS improves the multitasking on iPads, integrates widgets with the home screen, and reduces the comically large size of icons on Springboard.
“iPad transforms how people work and express their creativity, and with iPadOS, we’re taking it even further by delivering exciting capabilities that take advantage of its large canvas and versatility,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “iPadOS delivers exciting features, including a new Home screen with widgets, more powerful multitasking and new tools that make using Apple Pencil even more natural.”
iPadOS works really well in my experience and feels a lot like a MacBook when using it with a keyboard. If you want your iPad to be your only computer, then iPadOS is the closest you can get for now — which is obviously Apple’s intention mind you.
You’ll be able to use it on iPads like the iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and later and iPad mini 4 and later. If you’re buying the new iPad 10.2, it’ll come pre-installed.