iPad Pro is becoming a thoroughbred tool.

In a giant update for iOS, Apple's iPad got both new menus and a new operating system name here during WWDC in California. Apple's tablet now uses the iPadOS operating system, and there's plenty new.

iPad Pro is becoming a thoroughbred tool.
iPad Pro is becoming a thoroughbred tool.


One of the first things we did was try out the new menus on an iPad. It is very risky - because it is months before the software's cal is finished. Apple warns that this operating system is still unfinished.

Thus, with fresh courage and relative blindness towards more significant mistakes, we take a look. The phase of how good this will come in any way first in August-September when the operating systems are going out in their finished versions.

The most significant difference between iPadOS and iOS 12 for iPad seems to be in a much-improved file manager. The files app has got superpowers compared to before. In combination with a slightly overhauled multitasking with up to three "windows" at the same time, iPad Pro finally begins to live up to its name.

Now you can connect external storage from memory sticks and memory cards. An ordinary USB-C dock I had with me was sufficient to read photos from a memory card.

By the way, the USB-C dock was not only useful for retrieving files from my memory card. It also supported the USB plug of my Logitech mouse fine, and it looks like the phone also wants to connect as an Import application also pops up as the USB cable is plugged into the dock. Had I had an HDMI cable in my luggage, I strongly suspect that it had worked fine to push the screen to the TV as well.

Now we really start talking birds here.

In addition to this news, there are several other significant changes in iPadOS:


  1. Night mode with dark colors
  2. Widgets on the home screen
  3. Mouse Support
  4. voice control
  5. New solution for screenshots and image editing

Night mode looks leaking. It comes with a variety of backgrounds, including a dynamic dark environment where colored dots slowly but surely pulsate and move around on the otherwise black screen. As a kind of picturesque combination of children's TV and starry sky.

The transparent parts such as the dock and widget backgrounds are darker in this mode, and the history of the settings menu varies between charcoal gray and charcoal black. This is pretty uniform in place throughout the iPad OS.

It's a relatively small change, but seeing the home screen widgets is actually pretty straightforward. It means full control of battery status, for example. If you use a Pencil or connect headphones and mice, you can see all the batteries in a separate widget. You can see the weather in another. You only get extra information without having to swipe left to see everything in a narrow column on a new screen.

Nicely resolved and strictly obsessed with Apple's mobile operating systems.

Mouse support is in place this time. It has been in demand for many years, and so far there is still mouse support with some reservations. Both USB and Bluetooth mice are supported, and they do not need to be from Apple itself - we've seen video clips on the web of Microsoft mice that work, and my own Logitech Anywhere 2 mouse worked fine too.

But the mouse pointer is quite large, and instead of being able to make it smaller in the menu selections, it is rather possible to make it larger or to change the color between blue and orange. It seems that we are talking about something that is intended to be a help function more than anything else. But here is the reason to count on mass adoption from ordinary iPad users who just want more precise and accustomed control over some features - despite the solid mouse pointer.

The voice control function is fascinating. It allows you to potentially control everything that happens on your tablet with your voice. In this beta, the English that is currently supported - what kind of final language support function I get is uncertain. But it is also common that English is first in new voice functions.

No activation word such as "hi, Siri" is needed when voice control is enabled. Instead, you speak directly to the board and ask it to press buttons that appear on the screen or take you to the home screen. Here it seems that there is still some development that should be in place. But surprisingly a lot seems to be here already. The potential is clear for something that can be of great help to people who need a smaller physical management method, or people who just want to be able to command their iPad around.

A slightly less pervasive update is the new, more and more enhanced screen capture tool for editing the images you snap off the screen. You get instant access to a slider that lets you turn up or down the light in the picture. The graphics for the various aids are also better than it was before.

But the big star in the screen capture tool is the new magnifying glass feature. It allows you to place a circle on the screen. You choose the size of the ring itself, and by pulling a dot around it, you can also select the factor for the zoom. Thus, you can very clearly and clearly clarify what you want to focus on. Super Smart!

In previous years we have seen both apps and functions come and go from iOS in the beta period before full release, so it will be quite reasonable if there are several changes in the time until the very last beta version just before release. By the time we write September and these features will be a complete update, a good deal may have changed - and we expect it to be for the better. When we test drive so new software, we do not bite ourselves into specific bugs or errors. iPadOS also works surprisingly well given how long it is for the final launch.

But it's still an operating system I was expecting to install on my only iPad until it was finished. It also typically varies how well the updates in the beta period work. So there is no guarantee that next week there will be an update that drinks the battery in hours. That's how it is with new software. So if you choose to install the iPadOS yourself, it should be on a tablet that you can afford to do without a while or annoy you a bit.

No matter how iPadOS had to change over the months to come. Apple is about to make its iPad boards into a thoroughbred tool. And it's very gratifying that the operating system also comes for the more straightforward boards in the series - models all the way back to iPad Air 2 is supported in the beta period.
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