Final 12 months, Apple launched a meaty iOS replace for iPhones, however a number of the largest modifications did not make it over to the iPad. This 12 months, the iPhone replace is modest—so does that imply that the iPad replace is the large one this time round?
Nicely, that is determined by your viewpoint. iPadOS 15 brings nearly every little thing iOS 15 delivered to iPhones, however it additionally brings these main iOS 14 omissions from final 12 months to the pill. In consequence, iPadOS 15 appears like a big replace if you have not been utilizing an iPhone these days, however for those who’ve already used iOS 14’s new house display screen and app library options, it as a substitute finally ends up feeling prefer it’s late to the occasion.
We printed a prolonged, iPhone-focused review of iOS 15 earlier this week. Contemplate this a brief addendum to that overview that places the highlight on the iPad. Consult with the sooner overview for particulars on new options like Focus that are not iPad particular or for a listing of iPads which are supported by iPadOS 15.
The house display screen
Let’s begin with the house display screen, which noticed the largest transformation this 12 months, though nearly every little thing totally different about it was already out there on iPhones when iOS 14 launched in late 2020.
Arguably essentially the most vital introduction to iPadOS 15 is the app library view, which iPhones bought final 12 months. Swiping all the best way to the suitable on the house display screen will take you right here, the place you will discover a search discipline and several other folders that comprise each app you may have put in in your iPad. Sadly, as in iOS 14, you possibly can’t outline these folders your self; the software program generates them routinely.
The true benefit right here is that the house display screen is now not the one place you possibly can retailer apps, which suggests you possibly can take away apps from the house display screen whereas nonetheless maintaining them accessible each by way of Highlight search and by visiting the app library display screen.
So when you’ve got an app that you simply use from time to time however not day by day—like one to examine in in your funding portfolio, maybe, or an ordering app for a selected restaurant—you possibly can maintain that app put in and use it everytime you need however maintain your private home display screen clear and centered.
If you attempt to delete an app on the house display screen, you will be requested whether or not you wish to absolutely delete the app or simply relegate it to the app library.
Additional, now you can conceal or present house display screen pages, which performs properly with Focus mode (see the iOS 15 overview for particulars about that; it really works the identical on the iPad) to offer you extra house display screen customization than you’ve got ever had earlier than.
The iPad additionally will get one thing that the iPhone did not: entry to the app library from the dock, which is far more handy than swiping to the final web page on the house display screen.
The opposite main addition to the house display screen is free-form widget assist. The scenario with widgets has been a bit unusual; home-screen widgets debuted on iPadOS a few years previous, however this extra strong replace hit the iPhone first a couple of 12 months in the past and is simply simply making its approach to the iPad with iPadOS 15.
Whereas you could possibly beforehand place widgets in a predefined place on the very first home-screen web page, now you can place them anyplace on the house display screen and in a number of totally different sizes, together with variations for sure widgets that weren’t out there on the iPhone.
You’ll be able to both place widgets side-by-side on the house display screen alongside app icons, or you possibly can place them in a stack that solely occupies as a lot area as a single widget; you possibly can swipe your finger on it to swap between widgets in that place. That is all simply as we noticed it on the iPhone once we reviewed iOS 14.
Sadly, arranging icons and widgets on the house display screen nonetheless is an actual ache. The “wobble mode” icon-and-widget placement strategy and the house display screen’s cascading listing format have gotten to go; their limitations have solely change into extra obvious as extra customization and options have been added.
Nonetheless, for those who can undergo by way of the frustration of breaking your structure many occasions over as you attempt to get every little thing the place you need it, the mixture of widgets and the app library fully modifications the best way the house display screen works on the iPad, if you’d like it to. (In the event you do not, you possibly can simply ignore all of it and use the iPad’s house display screen simply as you all the time have.)
When Apple introduced iPadOS 15, it put multitasking entrance and middle. The brand new stuff right here is generally includes extra intuitive methods to entry options that existed earlier than, however they’re all welcome.
The brand new multitasking button
For instance, utility home windows which are in full-screen or split-view mode now have a three-dot ellipsis button on the prime. Tapping or clicking that produces a small panel that lets you choose both full-screen, cut up view, or slide over.
Tapping full display screen does simply what you’d anticipate; it makes the app full-screen. Tapping cut up view makes the app occupy half of the display screen, then deposits you on the house display screen the place you possibly can choose one other app to take up the opposite half.
Beforehand, the best way into cut up view was arduous. You’d have one app in full display screen, then you definately’d swipe up from the underside of the display screen to convey up the dock, and then you definately’d long-press an app within the dock and drag it to the aspect of the display screen till it clicked into cut up view. For sure, this technique was not the best. The brand new setup is best, and it has the advantage of being intuitive, which the previous approach wasn’t. You’d most likely by no means determine the previous approach for those who weren’t proven.
Lastly, tapping or clicking the slide-over button dumps the app into slide over, which places it in an iPhone app form and hovers it over your full display screen or split-view apps. You’ll be able to nonetheless swipe between slide-over apps, or transfer them off display screen and again on once more at will.