Apple has released iPadOS, a new version of iOS specifically for the iPad.
Technically called iPadOS 13.1, it's available for supported devices as an "over the air" update via the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings > General > Software Update. It includes almost all the new features in iOS 13 (13.1 and iOS, which is also rolling out now), as well as some other new features, including a fresh home screen with smaller icon sizes so you can fit more apps on the page. .
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There is also a new option to add today widgets from the left side of the screen to the home screen. Split view and slide also support for multiple windows from a single application. And tapping the iPad's display with the Apple Pencil brings up the markup, complete with a redesigned tool palette. Speaking of Apple Pencil, Apple said latency has been reduced, from 20ms on the iPad Pro to 9ms.
Other new features for iPadOS include the ability to connect external hard drives to the Files app, over 30 new keyboard shortcuts, and a desktop version of Safari with a new download manager to boot from. You may even see a floating keyboard that supports the new quick swipe feature.
For more on all the new features in iPadOS, check out our iPadOS guide.
As for iOS 13.1, this is the first update for iOS 13, which rolled out a few days ago. This is available on all supported devices as an over-the-air update via the Application Settings. It brings automation shortcuts to App shortcuts, share ETAs and more.
For more on iOS and iOS 13 13.1, see our guide here.
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