The new iPad Files app is actually useful for managing files

Finally, read info from a thumb drive on an iPad.

Apple is making the iPad more powerful with the new iPadOS, and a lot of these fresh features are all about productivity. The Files app is getting a huge upgrade, complete with zip and unzip features, local storage, a new Column View, folder-sharing through iCloud Drive and support for SMB file sharing.

Plus, for the first time on iPad, plug in a thumb drive or pop in an SD card and read files directly from either. You'll be able to import files directly into apps like Lightroom, as well.

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With these changes, the iPad is becoming more useful for creatives and artists, particularly in the photo- and video-editing realm.