iOS has served iPads well, but Apple’s new iPadOS adds some long-awaited features and enough polish to make even aging devices feel more capable. Beyond a handful of visual changes, the platform’s biggest improvements come in the form of desktop-class web browsing in Safari, key changes to Apple’s multitasking tools, a new approach to file downloads, and more. Not everyone will regularly use all of these features, and the ones who do may find them tricky to master. Still, iPadOS represents a crucial step toward a future where iPads flourish outside of the iPhone’s shadow.
- The web looks like the web in Safari
- You can finally save files onto your iPad
- Multitasking is more nuanced
- Pencil input feels more natural
- Split View multitasking involves trial and error
- Gesture navigation can be tricky for newcomers
- Limited Mac compatibility for Sidecar