New features
available with iPadOS.

iPadOS is designed to make your iPad even more powerful and capable. So you can do more things even more easily.

Key Features and Enhancements

Multitasking

Multiple apps in Slide Over

Keep multiple apps at the ready in Slide Over and quickly access your favorites with just a swipe.

Swipe between Slide Over apps

Quickly move between Slide Over apps by swiping along the bottom.

Slide Over switcher

Swipe up to see all the apps in Slide Over.

Slide Over to full screen

Easily make a Slide Over app full screen by dragging it to the top.

Close Slide Over apps

Quickly close a window in Slide Over by going to the App Switcher and flicking up.

Multiple windows from the same app

You can now open multiple windows from the app in Split View. Perfect for working on two notes or Pages documents, viewing two maps, or organizing files in the Files app.

Same app in multiple spaces

Open a window from the same app in multiple spaces so you can work on different projects across your iPad.

Drag to create windows

Quickly open a window by dragging the content into its own space. Drag a link to open Safari, a location to open Maps, or an email address to open Mail.

App Switcher

The updated App Switcher shows all spaces and windows for all apps along with title windows.

App Exposé

See all the open windows for an app by tapping its icon in the Dock.

New Home Screen

New layout

The Home screen has been redesigned with the icons arranged in a tighter grid. The refined layout gives you more room for apps and information.

Pin widgets

Get at‑a‑glance information by pinning your Today View widgets on the Home screen.

Favorite widgets

Use the widget editor to choose your favorite widgets, which will always appear on the Home screen. Swipe up to see all your other widgets.

Apple Pencil

Lower latency

Thanks to advanced prediction algorithms, latency in Apple Pencil is as low as 9 milliseconds.1 So it feels even more like writing on paper.

Redesigned tool palette

The redesigned tool palette has a fresh new look and several improvements. You can drag it to either side of the screen, or minimize it in the corner so you have more room for your content.

New tools

A pixel eraser lets you remove exactly what you want from a drawing, and a ruler makes it easy to draw straight lines.

Full-page screenshots

Now when you take a screenshot, you can capture the entire document, email, or web page and mark it up.

Take a screenshot with Apple Pencil

Quickly take a screenshot using Apple Pencil by dragging it from either bottom corner.

Sidecar

Extended desktop

Use your iPad as a second display for additional screen space. Have one app open while you work in another or see how a presentation looks in presentation mode while editing it on your Mac.

Mirrored desktop

Mirror the screen on your Mac to have two screens displaying the same content, making it perfect for sharing with others.

Wired or wireless

Connect your iPad to your Mac using a cable to keep it charged, or use it wirelessly — within 10 meters — for greater mobility.

Draw and sketch in apps

Use the precision and intuitiveness of Apple Pencil with your favorite creative Mac apps. Draw and write naturally, edit a photo or graphic, and use it to point and click like you would with a mouse.

Continuity Markup

Write and sketch on PDFs or mark up your documents with Apple Pencil. See the updates live on your Mac as you mark them up on your iPad.

Continuity Sketch

Create a sketch on your iPad using Apple Pencil and easily insert it into any document on your Mac.

Text Editing

Scroll bar scrubbing

Instantly navigate long documents, web pages, and conversations by dragging the scroll bar.

Cursor navigation

Moving the cursor is even faster and more precise — just pick it up and drag it to where you want. It will automatically snap to lines and between words.

Text selection

Select text just by tapping and swiping. For quick sentence and paragraph selection, triple- or quadruple‑tap.

Intelligent selection

Double-tap to quickly select addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and more.

Cut, copy, and paste gestures

New gestures make cut, copy, and paste a snap. Pinch up with three fingers to quickly copy, pinch up with three fingers two times to cut, and pinch down with three fingers to paste.

Undo and redo gestures

Undo with a simple three‑finger swipe to the left or redo by swiping three fingers to the right.

Multiselect

Quickly select email messages, files, and folders by tapping with two fingers and dragging.

Keyboard

QuickPath

The QuickType keyboard now includes QuickPath, so you can swipe your finger from one letter to the next to type without removing your finger from the keyboard to enter a word.

Floating keyboard

Pinch to shrink the QuickType keyboard and move it wherever you want so there’s more room for your apps.

Swipe or tap to type

You can swipe or tap to type interchangeably, so you can choose what’s most convenient even if you’re mid‑sentence.

Alternate word options

Alternate word options appear in the predictive bar, so you can quickly choose a different option.

QuickPath language support

Support for English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, German, French, Italian, and Portuguese is now included.

Automatic language selection in Dictation

Dictation automatically detects which language a user is speaking. The language will be chosen from the keyboard languages enabled on the device, up to a maximum of four.

Fonts

Custom fonts

You can now install custom fonts and use them in your favorite apps.

Manage fonts

Easily see and manage the fonts you’ve installed right in Settings.

App Store

Fonts will be available from the App Store, making it easy to find and install them.

Files

Column View

Easily browse files deep in nested folders in the new Column View. Just select a file and get a high‑resolution preview.

Quick Actions

Quick Actions make it easy to rotate, mark up, or create a PDF in the Files app.

Rich metadata

Column View displays a rich set of metadata, so you can see the details for each file as you browse.

Downloads folder

A new downloads folder gives you a central place to access your web downloads and attachments from Safari and Mail.

External drive support

Access files on a USB drive, SD card, or hard drive.

iCloud Drive folder sharing

Share folders with friends, family, and colleagues in iCloud Drive. You can even give them access for adding their own files.

Local storage

Create folders on the local drive and add your favorite files.

Zip and unzip

Select files and zip them for easy sharing via email. Tap a zip file to expand it into a folder and access the files.

File servers

Connect to a file server at work or a home PC using SMB from Files.

Keyboard shortcuts

A host of new keyboard shortcuts make navigating Files even easier.

Search suggestions

Search suggestions make it simple to find what you’re looking for. Just tap the suggestion to quickly filter your results.

Document Scanner

Create a digital copy of physical documents and put them directly in the location where you want to store them.

Safari

Updated start page

An updated start page design includes favorites, frequently visited, and most recently visited websites so you can quickly get to the site you want. Siri suggestions surface relevant websites in your browsing history, frequently visited sites, links sent to you in Messages, and more.

Download Manager

Check the status of a file you’re downloading, access downloaded files quickly, and drag and drop them into a file or email you’re working on. You can even download files in the background while you get work done.

Photo upload resize

Choose to resize your photo to small, medium, large, or actual size before you upload it.

Website View menu

The new View menu in the Smart Search field gives you quick access to text size controls, Reader view, and per‑site settings.

Per-site settings

Choose to enable camera, microphone, and location access depending on the website you’re visiting. You can also decide whether to view a website in its desktop or mobile version, use Reader view, and enable content blockers on a per‑site basis.

Page zoom

Quickly zoom in and out on a website’s text.

Save open tabs as bookmarks

Save a set of open tabs to Bookmarks so you can quickly reopen them later.

Jump to open tab from Smart Search field

If you start to type the address of a website that’s already open, Safari directs you to the open tab.

Expanded email sharing options

New options let you email a web page as a link, as a PDF, or in Reader view from the share sheet.

Weak password warnings

If you try to use a weak password when signing up for a new website account, Safari warns you.

iCloud end‑to‑end encryption

Your Safari history and open tabs that have synced with iCloud are now protected with end‑to‑end encryption.

Desktop websites

Safari automatically presents a website’s desktop version for iPad. Touch input maps correctly when a website expects mouse or trackpad input. Website scaling takes advantage of the large iPad screen, so you’ll see websites at their optimal size. And scrolling within web pages is faster and more fluid.

Keyboard shortcuts

Navigate the web even faster with over 30 new keyboard shortcuts when you use an external keyboard.

Full toolbar in Split View

Now you can access the full Safari toolbar in Split View.

Dark Mode

Beautiful new look

A new Dark Mode option gives iPadOS and apps a beautiful dark color scheme. Perfect for low-light environments, Dark Mode is easier on your eyes and won’t disturb people around you.

Turn on manually

Tap the new button in Control Center to quickly turn Dark Mode on and off, such as when you enter a dark room or theater.

Scheduled

Have Dark Mode turn on and off at a certain time or based on sunrise and sunset, which is great when you’re outside at night or using your iPad before you go to bed.

Wallpapers

New wallpapers optimized for Dark Mode automatically change as you switch between light and dark.

System integration

Dark Mode is beautifully integrated throughout iPadOS, from built‑in apps and settings to system‑level views.

Works with your favorite apps

An API lets third‑party developers implement Dark Mode in their apps.

Privacy and Security

App location permissions

Control the location data that you pass to apps with new, fine-grained controls. You can choose to grant an app access to your location once or anytime you use it.

App location transparency

Receive a notification when an app is using your location in the background, so you can decide whether to update your permission.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth location privacy enhancements

API changes and new controls help prevent apps from accessing your location without your consent while you’re using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Location controls for shared photos

Now you can control whether you share your location when you share a photo on social media.

Enhanced anti-fingerprinting protection in Safari

Protections related to browser fonts have been expanded.

Sign In with Apple

Sign In with Apple ID

Sign in to apps and websites quickly and easily using the Apple ID you already have. No filling out forms or creating new passwords. Just tap Sign In with Apple, use Face ID or Touch ID, and you’re all set.

Respect for your privacy

Apple will never track or profile you when you sign in with Apple. The most information you’ll have to share with an app or website is your name and email address.

Hide My Email

Not sure you want to share your email address with a particular app? You’re in control. You can choose to share or hide your email address. You can also choose to have Apple create a unique email address for you that forwards to your real address.

Built-in security

Sign In with Apple requires your Apple ID to be protected with two‑factor authentication. That way access to the accounts in your favorite apps is protected as well — automatically.

Works everywhere

Sign In with Apple works on all your Apple devices as well as the web and apps on Android or Windows. No matter where you need to sign in to your favorite app, you can use Sign In with Apple.

Home

HomeKit Secure Video

HomeKit‑enabled cameras can now detect and record specific activity like people, animals, or vehicles. These recordings are stored securely in iCloud. And, new privacy settings allow you to control when your cameras stream and record.

HomeKit‑enabled routers

Enabled routers bring an extra layer of security to your smart home. Use the Home app to control which services your HomeKit accessories can communicate with in your network and on the internet.

AirPlay 2 speakers in scenes and automations

Access songs, playlists, and radio stations with Apple Music.

Refreshed Home app accessory controls

There are more robust accessory controls in the Home app.

Siri shortcuts

Siri shortcuts can now be added to automations.

Photos

All-new Photos tab

The all-new Photos tab lets you browse your photo library with different levels of curation, so it’s easy to find, relive, and share your photos and videos. You can view everything in All Photos, focus on your unique photos in Days, relive your significant moments in Months, or rediscover your highlights in Years.

Auto-playing Live Photos and videos

Throughout the Photos tab, muted Live Photos and videos begin playing as you scroll, bringing your photo library to life.

Smart photo previews

In Days, Months, and Years, photo previews are larger to help you distinguish between shots. Photos uses intelligence to find the best part of your photo in photo previews, which means you get to see the uncropped version of your photo when you tap to view it.

Contextual transitions

Animations and transitions keep your place in the Photos tab, so you can switch between views — like Days and All Photos — without losing your place.

Removes similar shots and clutter

Duplicate photos, screenshots, whiteboard photos, documents, and receipts are identified and hidden, so you see only your best shots.

Significant events

Months presents your photos by events, so you can rediscover the moments that matter most.

Event titles

The Photos tab displays the name of the location, holiday, or concert performer to provide helpful context for your significant events.

On this Day

Years is contextual, so it shows you photos taken on or around today’s date in past years.

Birthday mode

If you have birthdays assigned to people in your People album, the Photos tab will highlight your photos of them on their birthday.

Zoom in and zoom out

View your library in All Photos however you’d like. Zoom in for a closer look, or zoom out to quickly scan through your library and see all your shots at once.

Screen recordings smart album

All your new screen recordings are now in one place.

Search enhancements

You can combine multiple search terms — like “beach” and “selfies” — without tapping each word in search.

Music for Memories

Soundtracks for Memory movies are selected based on what you listen to in the Music app.

Extended Live Photos playback

When you press and hold to play a Live Photo, Photos will automatically extend the video when you have Live Photos taken within 1.5 seconds of each other.

Preview intensity

As you apply an edit, each adjustment displays its intensity, so you can see at a glance which effects have been increased or decreased.

Individually review each effect

Tap each effect icon to see what your photo looked like before and after the effect was applied.

Filter control

Control the intensity of any filter, like Vivid or Noir, to fine‑tune your look.

Enhance control

Enhance now lets you control the intensity of your automatic adjustments. As you increase or decrease Enhance, you’ll see other adjustments — including Exposure, Brilliance, Highlights, Shadows, Contrast, Brightness, Black Point, Saturation, and Vibrance — intelligently change with it.

Video editing support

Nearly everything you can do with a photo you can now do with a video. Adjustments, filters, and crop support video editing, so you can rotate, increase exposure, or even apply filters to your videos. Video editing supports all video formats captured on iPad, including video in 4K at 60 fps and slo-mo in 1080p at 240 fps.

Nondestructive video edits

Video edits are now nondestructive, so you can remove an effect like a filter or undo a trim to return to your original video.

Vibrance

Boost muted colors to make your photo less rich without affecting skin tones and saturated colors.

White Balance

Balance the warmth of an image by adjusting temperature (blue to yellow) and tint (green to magenta).

Sharpen

Change photos by making edges crisper and better defined.

Definition

Increase image clarity by adjusting the definition slider.

Noise reduction

Reduce or eliminate noise such as graininess or speckles in photos.

Vignette

Add shading to the edges of your photo to highlight a powerful moment using Strength, Radius, and Falloff.

Updates to auto adjustments

Straighten, crop, and adjust the perspective of your photos automatically.

Pinch-to-zoom support

You can pinch to zoom while editing to review your changes on a specific area of your photo.

Image Capture API

The Image Capture API allows developers to leverage the Camera Connection Kit to import photos directly into their apps.

Updates to Portrait Segmentation API

The Portrait Segmentation API now supports skin, hair, and teeth segmentation, so developers can create new effects for Portrait mode photos.

Performance

Faster app launch

Apps launch up to 2x faster in iPadOS.2

Faster Face ID unlock

Unlocking the 11‑inch iPad Pro and 12.9‑inch iPad Pro (3rd generation) is up to 30 percent faster.3

Smaller app downloads

Starting this fall, apps from the App Store will be packaged in a new way that makes them up to 50 percent smaller.2

Smaller app updates

App updates will be up to 60 percent smaller on average.2

App Store

Apple Arcade

A game subscription service with over 100 amazing new games, all with no ads or additional purchases. A single subscription allows you to download and play any Apple Arcade game from the App  Store, and games will be added regularly. You can play Apple Arcade games across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV, and every game is playable offline.

Support for Arabic and Hebrew

The App Store now supports Arabic and Hebrew languages across stories, collections and lists, product pages, and search.

Option to download large apps over cellular

You can choose to download apps and games over your cellular connection.

Accessibility

Voice Control

Introducing a new way to control your iPadOS devices, entirely with your voice.4

Accurate dictation

Voice Control uses the Siri speech recognition engine to give you the latest advances in machine learning for audio‑to‑text transcription.5

Add custom words

Whether you’re writing a biology report, filling out a legal document, or emailing about a favorite topic, you can add custom words to ensure that Voice Control recognizes the words you commonly use.

On-device processing

All audio processing for Voice Control happens on your device, ensuring that your personal data is kept private.

Rich text editing

Thanks to rich text editing commands, you don’t have to rehearse before you speak. Making corrections is quick and easy. You can replace phrases by name. Try saying, “Replace I’m almost there with I just arrived.” Fine-grained editing also makes it simple to select text. Try saying, “Move up two lines. Select previous word. Capitalize that.”

Word and emoji suggestions

If you need to correct a word, simply ask and you’ll be presented with a list of suggested replacements.

Seamless transitions from dictation to commands

Voice Control understands contextual cues, so you can seamlessly transition between text dictation and commands. For example, say “Happy Birthday. Tap send.” in Messages, and Voice Control sends “Happy Birthday” — just as you intended. You can also say “Delete that,” and Voice Controls knows to delete what you just typed.

Comprehensive navigation

You can rely entirely on your voice to navigate an app. Comprehensive navigation is provided by navigation commands, names of accessibility labels, numbers, grids, voice gestures, and recorded commands.

Navigation commands

Navigation commands give you quick ways to open apps, search the web, press the Home button, and more.

Names

You can easily navigate by telling Voice Control to select the name of an accessibility label for buttons, links, and more.

Numbers

Say “show numbers” to see numbers appear next to all clickable items onscreen. Use this to quickly navigate complex or unfamiliar apps. Numbers automatically appear in menus and whenever you need to disambiguate between items with same name. Just say a number to click it.

Grids

Saying “show grid” superimposes a grid on your screen and allows you to precisely do things like tap, zoom, drag, and more.

Gesture with your voice

Use your voice to perform gestures, such as tap, swipe, pinch, zoom, press the Home button, and more.

Recorded commands

You can record multistep gestures for apps on your iPad device. So if you love to send messages with fireworks, you can record the gestures to do this and use the recording to quickly send messages with fireworks.

Attention Awareness

With Attention Awareness, Voice Control goes to sleep when you turn your head away from the TrueDepth camera on an iPad. It doesn’t activate until you look back at the screen — so you can talk to a friend nearby without affecting your device.

Siri

Improved voice with neural TTS

Siri sounds more natural than ever, particularly while speaking longer phrases, with a voice that is generated entirely by software.

Siri intelligence

Siri offers personalized suggestions in Apple Podcasts, Safari, and Maps. Siri can even detect reminders in messages and events in third‑party apps.

SiriKit for Audio

Siri can now play music, podcasts, audiobooks, and radio with third‑party apps.

Radio

Ask Siri to tune in to your favorite radio station.

Indian English voice

Siri has a new Indian English voice.

Augmented Reality

Support for Motion Capture

Motion Capture lets developers integrate people’s movement into their apps.

People Occlusion

AR content appears naturally in front of or behind people, enabling more immersive AR experiences and fun green-screen-like applications.

Share Sheet

Smarter share sheet

The most popular way to quickly share content is smarter and faster.

One-tap suggestions

When you share a photo or document, receive a suggestion about who you might want to share it with and which app you may want to use, so you can share with just a tap.

Sharing row

Easily see how many people around you are available for AirDrop. Apps are even intelligently sorted based on the content you’re sharing.

New actions

You can customize options for the content you’re sharing, like removing the Live Photo action or location information from a picture you’re sending to a friend.

Maps

New map

Rebuilt from the ground up, the brand‑new map features significantly improved and more realistic details for roads, beaches, parks, buildings, and more.6

Look Around

Explore where you’re going before you get there with an immersive 3D experience that gives you a 360-degree view of a place. And enjoy smooth and seamless transitions as you navigate your way around.

Collections

Build collections of your favorite and soon‑to‑be‑favorite locations and share them with friends and family.

Favorites

Whether it’s home, work, the gym, or your kid’s school, create a list of places you visit often for quick, one‑tap navigation.

Junction View

Junction View helps drivers eliminate wrong turns and directional misses by lining them up in the correct lane before they need to turn or enter an elevated road.

Share ETA

Share your estimated time of arrival with family, friends, and coworkers. Your ETA even updates should a significant delay occur.

Customer feedback

A redesigned customer feedback experience makes submitting incorrect addresses, business locations, or operating hours that much easier.

Improved Siri guidance

More natural language enhances the navigation experience. So instead of saying “in 1,000 feet turn left,” Siri says “turn left at the next traffic light.” Improved navigation also guides you closer to your end-point destination, which is especially important for large venues.

Real-time transit

Maps offers transit schedules, arrival times, network stops, and system connections for better route planning. It even includes important real-time information like outages and cancellations.

Flight status

Up-to-the-moment information about your flight terminals, gate locations, departure times, and more is now available.

Place cards

Place cards are more helpful and easier to use, with dynamically updated information for things like Today@Apple sessions at Apple Store locations, movie theater time listings, and more.

MapKit

Updates include vector overlays, point-of-interest filtering, camera zoom and pan limits, and support for Dark Mode.

Messages

Share name and photo

Automatically share your name and photo when you start a conversation or when the other person responds in a message. Decide whether you share with everyone, just your contacts, or not at all. You can even choose to use an Animoji, image, or monogram for your photo.

Memoji stickers

Automatically generate sticker packs based on your Memoji and Animoji characters that allow you to express a range of emotions in Messages.

Improved search

Search in Messages makes it easier to find what you’re looking for. Even before you type a character, you can see recent messages, people, photos, links, and locations you might be looking for. When you type in a search, Messages categorizes the results and highlights matching terms. You can also search within individual conversations for the message you’re looking for.

Improved details pane

The details pane organizes links, locations, and attachments that have been shared in the conversation so they’re easy to find at a glance.

Improved Memoji customization

Makeup lets you customize blush and eyeshadow and includes editing tools that make it easy to get just the right look. Customize your teeth with braces and add a piercing to your nose, eyebrows, eyelids, and around your mouth. There are also 30 new hairstyles, over 15 new pieces of headwear, and more earrings and glasses.

New Animoji

Three new Animoji characters — mouse, octopus, and cow — give you more options to express yourself.

Animoji hardware support

All devices with an A9 chip or later support Memoji and Animoji sticker packs.

Reminders

All‑new design

The redesigned Reminders app features more powerful and intelligent ways to create, organize, and keep track of your reminders.

New quick toolbar

With the new quick toolbar just above the keyboard, it’s easier than ever to add times, dates, locations, flags, or even helpful attachments to reminders. All without having to go to another screen.

Enhanced Siri intelligence

Now you can type longer, more descriptive sentences. Reminders will automatically understand and provide relevant suggestions.

Siri suggested reminders

When you’re chatting with someone in Messages, Siri recognizes possible reminders and makes suggestions for you to create them.

Attachments

Add photos, document scans, and even web links to your reminders to make them more informative and useful.

Tasks and grouped lists

Now there are even more useful ways to organize your reminders. Just drag and drop or swipe to add smaller tasks under a larger reminder. You can also group multiple lists together.

Smart lists

Keep track of your upcoming reminders with smart lists that automatically organize and display them. See only your reminders scheduled for today, reminders flagged as important, or all your reminders across every list in one place.

Messages integration

Tag someone in a reminder and the next time you’re chatting with that person in Messages, a reminder will surface right then and there.

Customize list appearance

Customize the appearance of your personal or shared iCloud lists, choosing from 12 beautiful colors and 60 expressive symbols.

Mail

Multicolored flags

Choose from a variety of colors when you flag an email message. Colored flags are synced via iCloud to Mail on all your Apple devices, and they can be changed or removed at any time.

Block sender

Have all email from a specified sender blocked and move the messages directly to the trash. Blocking a sender works across all your Apple devices.

Extended Reply menu

In addition to reply, reply all, forward, and print, the Reply menu adds convenient access to notify me of replies, mark as unread, move to junk, move to different mailbox, and flag options, as well as the new Mute Thread option.

Mute Thread

Easily mute notifications from an overly active email thread across all your Apple devices.

New format bar

A convenient new format bar appears above the keyboard when you type text, providing comprehensive formatting and attachment options including the ability to scan, insert a photo or video, add attachments, and insert drawings.

Desktop‑class text formatting

A new menu adds comprehensive text formatting tools that let you compose professional‑looking email. Formatting includes new font style, size, and color selections, strikethrough, alignment, numbered and bulleted lists, and indenting and outdenting options.

Font support

All system fonts are supported, as well as the ones you acquire.

Updated photo selector

The new photo selector occupies the lower portion of the screen so you can see your email while choosing the photo.

Updated address autocomplete

When adding a recipient to an email address, Mail lists email address choices under each sender.

iPad multitasking

Drag a window to compose an email next to your primary inbox, so you can view or copy from one message and paste it into another, all without obscuring either message.

Notes

Gallery view

Now you can see your notes as visual thumbnails, making it easier than ever to quickly find the note you’re looking for. It’s especially great for notes with images, sketches, or Apple Pencil handwriting.

Shared folders

Collaborate on folders with other people by giving them access to a folder’s contents where they can add their own notes, attachments, or subfolders.

More powerful search

Search recognizes what’s in the images inside your notes and can help you find specific text in the items you’ve scanned, like receipts or bills. In addition, you’ll receive single‑tap search suggestions.

New checklist options

Quickly reorder checklist items using drag and drop, swipe to indent items, and move checked items to the bottom. If you’ve completed the checklist and want to use it again, you can click to uncheck all the items and start over.

Folders and notes management

Organize your notes by creating folders and nested subfolders and easily manage how they’re organized in your folder lists.

View‑only collaboration

Share notes and entire folders as view only so you’re the only one who can make changes.

AirPods

Notifications

Siri can read incoming notifications from your messaging apps when you can’t reach for your iPad.

Shared listening

Pair two sets of AirPods to one iPad and enjoy the same song or movie along with a friend.

HomePod

Personalized voices

Siri can now learn the voices of family members using HomePod, so everyone has a personalized experience.

Handoff

Hand off music and podcasts to HomePod so you can continue listening when you get home.

More App Updates

Apple News

Apple News+ content

For Apple News+ subscribers, relevant business content from Apple News+ publications appears directly in the Stocks app for users in the U.S., UK, and Australia.

Books

Reading goals

Read a book or listen to an audiobook for five minutes while in line for coffee, on your commute, or before bed to achieve your Daily Reading Goal. Build streaks to celebrate your achievements and share books you’ve finished with the Books Read this Year collection.

Business Chat

Business Chat suggestions

When you call supported businesses, iPadOS offers to start a Business Chat instead, so you can interact with a business from a text instead of waiting on hold.

Calendar

Add attachments to events

iPadOS supports adding attachments to events in Calendar.

Contacts

New relationship labels

Hundreds of new, more specific relationship labels in Contacts help users manage their growing contact lists.

Create Memoji

Create a Memoji for yourself and your other contacts right inside Contacts.

Find My

Two apps in one

Find My iPhone and Find My Friends are now combined in a single, easy‑to‑use app to help you locate the people and devices that are important to you.

Find offline devices

Locate a missing device even if it’s not connected to Wi‑Fi or cellular using crowd‑sourced location. When you mark your device as missing and another Apple user’s device is nearby, it can detect your device’s Bluetooth signal and report its location to you. It’s completely anonymous and encrypted end‑to‑end, so everyone’s privacy is protected.

Music

Time‑synced lyrics

Turn on lyrics to follow along with your favorite music as it plays. Each line appears in step with the music, so you always know where you are and what’s coming next. Scroll and tap any line to jump to your favorite verse. Beautiful animations make following along with your favorite songs fun.

Up Next

With one tap, see the queue of songs playing next and the playlist, album, or station it’s playing from. You’ll always know what song is coming up, and you can change the order easily.

Reality Composer

New iPadOS app for creating AR experiences

The new Reality Composer app for iPadOS developers lets you quickly and easily prototype and produce augmented reality experiences with no previous 3D experience.

Settings

Low Data Mode

Apps on your iPad reduce their network data usage.

Shortcuts

Conversational shortcuts

Shortcuts are even more powerful, enabling you to interact with your apps in a conversational way.

Built-in Shortcuts app

The Shortcuts app is now built in and home for all your shortcuts.

Suggested automations

Get started with the Shortcuts app by adding a personalized daily routine to help streamline your day.

Automations

Set up automations to start a shortcut based on over 100 different triggers.

Stocks

Business publications in Apple News

More business news publications have been added to the Apple News feed within Stocks, which is available for users in the U.S., UK, and Australia.

Voice Memos

Pinch to zoom

Edit your recordings with more precision with pinch to zoom on the waveform.

Split Screen

Voice Memos has split‑screen support on iPad.

Even More

China

Adjustable handwriting keyboard height

Give yourself more space to write in the handwriting keyboard by pulling up on the tab.

Typing predictions for Cantonese

New predictions for Cangjie, Stroke, and Handwriting keyboards bring more relevant character and emoji predictions for Cantonese users.

Enhanced QR code scanning

A new QR code scanner, accessible from Control Center, offers improved QR code performance, a flashlight option, and enhanced privacy.

Enterprise

Data separation for Bring Your Own Device

A new form of management called User Enrollment, built specifically for Bring Your Own Device, maintains user privacy while keeping corporate data protected.

Modern authentication for device enrollment

Deliver custom content during Automated Device Enrollment to enhance security and show users tailored information.

Managed Apple IDs for business

Create and manage Apple IDs used by employees, giving them access to services like iCloud Drive and iCloud Notes.

Single sign‑on extension

APIs for identity providers and app developers enable users to seamlessly log in to apps and websites using the security of Face ID and Touch ID.

Game Controllers

PlayStation 4 controller support

Use your PlayStation 4 game controller with iPad.

Xbox One S controller support

Use your Xbox One S game controller with iPad.

India

Indian English Siri voice

iPadOS introduces all‑new and more natural Indian English male and female Siri voices.

Enhanced language setup

When you set up a new device, iPadOS presents enhanced options if it detects that you may speak more than one language. It offers to add relevant languages to your keyboard, dictation languages, and preferred languages.

Support for all Indian languages

iPadOS now supports all 22 Indian languages, with the addition of 15 new Indian language keyboards: Assamese, Bodo, Dogri, Kashmiri (Devanagari, Arabic), Konkani (Devanagari), Manipuri (Bangla, Meetei Mayek), Maithili, Nepali, Sanskrit, Santali (Devanagari, Ol Chiki), and Sindhi (Devanagari, Arabic).

Hindi and English bilingual keyboard

A romanized Hindi and English bilingual keyboard is supported, including typing predictions.

Typing prediction for Hindi

The Devanagari Hindi keyboard includes typing predictions that suggest the next word as you type and learn from your typing over time.

New Indian language system fonts

Four new system fonts for Gurmukhi, Kannada, Odia, and Gujarati help deliver greater clarity and ease when reading in apps like Safari, typing in Messages and Mail, or swiping through Contacts.

New Indian language document fonts

There are 30 new document fonts for Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Sanskrit, Bengali, Assamese, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Kannada, Gurmukhi, Malayalam, Odia, and Urdu.

Video downloads optimized for congestion

Video streaming apps like Hot Star and Netflix can optimize the time of day to download your content, helping to avoid congested networks and peak cellular data prices.

Languages

38 new language keyboards

iPadOS includes 38 new keyboard languages for Albanian, Assamese, Bodo, Burmese, Cantonese, Dhivehi, Dogri, Faroese, Kashmiri (Arabic, Devanagari), Kazakh, Khmer, Konkani, Kurdish (Arabic, Latin), Kyrgyz, Lao, Malay (Arabic), Manipuri (Bangla, Meetei Mayek), Maithili, Maltese, Mongolian, Nepali, Pashto, Sanskrit, Santali (Devanagari, Ol Chiki), Sindhi (Arabic, Devanagari), Sinhala, Tajik, Tongan, Turkmen, Uyghur, and Uzbek (Arabic, Cyrillic, Latin).

Typing prediction languages

Next‑word predictions are now available on the Swedish, Dutch, Vietnamese, and Arabic keyboards. The keyboard learns as you type over time and predicts the word or emoji you’re most likely to use.

Dictionaries

A Thai and English bilingual dictionary and a Vietnamese and English bilingual dictionary are now available.

Separate emoji and globe keys

Multilingual users can switch languages with greater ease, with dedicated keys for switching between languages and selecting emoji.

Language selection per app

Use third‑party apps in a different language from your system language.

Screen Time

Combined app limits

Create combined limits with a combination of app categories, specific apps, or websites.

Usage data

Usage data now spans 30 days so you can compare the previous week’s Screen Time numbers.

Communication limits

Control who your children can communicate with — and who can communicate with them — throughout the day and during Downtime.

Contact list for children

Parents can use Screen Time to manage the contacts that appear on their children’s devices.

One more minute

When a Screen Time limit is met, you can tap “one more minute,” giving you time to quickly save your work or log out of a game.

System Experience

Control Center

You can now select Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth accessories right from Control Center.

Redesigned volume control

The redesigned volume control appears in the upper-left corner, so it doesn’t interfere with your content.

Peek

Preview email messages, web links, and more simply by pressing and holding to see a hint of the content.

Quick actions

Press and hold an app icon to quickly perform actions specific to the app.

Dolby Atmos playback

Enjoy a thrilling surround sound experience from content with Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, or Dolby Digital Plus soundtracks.7

Wi-Fi

WPA3 Wi-Fi support

iPadOS supports the latest standard from Wi-Fi Alliance to provide you with a more secure browsing experience.

Automatic personal hotspot

Automatically connect to your nearby iPad personal hotspot when there’s no internet connection available.

Persistent personal hotspot

Remain connected to your nearby iPad personal hotspot even when your device sleeps, so you can receive incoming messages and push notifications.

Family sharing hotspot

Your family’s devices can automatically connect to your nearby iPad personal hotspot when there’s no internet connection available.

Popular Wi-Fi networks

Your iPad determines which Wi-Fi networks at your location are being used and notifies you if one is available.