iPadOS

What’s in a name?

Quite a bit, actually.

While built on the same foundation as iOS, iPad has become a truly distinct experience. With powerful apps designed for a large Multi‑Touch display. Multitasking made simple with intuitive gestures. And the ability to drag and drop a file with a fingertip. It’s always been magical. And now it’s called iPadOS.

Slide Over

and Split View

Slide Over and Split View have made working with multiple apps on iPad effortless. Now they can take your workflows to another level by letting you work exactly how you want in even more intuitive ways.

Multiple apps in Slide Over

Keep all of your favourite apps at the ready in Slide Over.

Apps in multiple spaces

Work with the same app across multiple spaces …

App Exposé

… and see all the spaces you have open with a single app just by tapping the icon in the Dock.

New Home Screen

The Home screen has been redesigned to take advantage of the large iPad display. A refined layout lets you see more apps. And you can pin useful widgets on the front page.

Pinned widgets

Pin your favourite Today View widgets on the Home screen and see them at a glance.

Apple Pencil

The precision and versatility of Apple Pencil make it an amazing tool for drawing, note-taking and marking things up. Now, thanks to even lower latency, writing with Apple Pencil feels even more like writing on paper. And with entirely new ways to use it, you’ll only have to put it down when you want to.

Tool palette

Access a new set of tools in a redesigned palette you can shrink or move anywhere.

Full-page markup

Capture a screenshot of an entire web page, document or email and mark it up.

Sidecar in macOS Catalina

Extend your workspace with your iPad, Mac and Apple Pencil.

Learn more about macOS Catalina

Text Editing

Part of the magic of iPad is that almost anything can be done with Multi-Touch using simple, intuitive gestures. And now iPadOS makes it easier and faster to select and edit text using just your fingers.

Editing gestures

Copy, paste, undo and more with simple new gestures.

Cursor navigation

Pick up the cursor and drag it precisely where you want it.

Improved text selection

Quickly select a block of text by dragging your finger over it.

Intelligent text selection

Select a word with a double tap. A sentence with three taps. Or a whole paragraph with four taps.

Keyboard

The onscreen keyboard is always there for responding to email or taking notes in a meeting. You can also use a physical keyboard like the Smart Keyboard if you want one. And with iPadOS, there are more ways to use both however you want.

Floating keyboard

Pinch to shrink the QuickType keyboard and move it wherever you want for easy one-handed typing. And more room for your apps.

QuickPath typing

Type by swiping from one letter to the next.

Keyboard shortcuts

Navigate the web in Safari and manage your files faster with lots of new keyboard shortcuts for physical keyboards.

Fonts

iPad is the perfect device for creating beautiful documents and page layouts. And with iPadOS, you can now get great fonts from the App Store to use in your documents.

Font management

Bring out the personality of your projects by installing and managing custom fonts to use in your favourite apps.

Files

The Files app lets you access and manage your files however you want, all in one convenient place. And iPadOS gives you powerful new ways to view, work on and share files.

Redesigned Files app

Get a more detailed view of your files. And more controls to do what you want with them.

iCloud Drive folder sharing

Collaborate on files and documents with shared folders. So everyone’s in the loop.*

File servers

Get to those work files on a server or a home PC. Directly from the Files app.

External drives

Connect an external hard drive, SD card reader and, yes, even a USB drive.

Safari

Browsing the internet on iPad is so immersive it’s like holding the web in your hands. And now, powerful new features make Safari on iPadOS a desktop-class browsing experience.

Desktop-class browsing

Enjoy the desktop version of websites on your iPad so you can use web apps like Google Docs, Squarespace and WordPress.

Download Manager

See your active and recent downloads in Safari and access them easily from the new Downloads folder in Files.

Dark Mode

Dark Mode introduces a dramatic new look for iPad. It’s thoughtfully designed to make every element on the screen easier on your eyes and is seamlessly integrated throughout the system. And it’s simple to turn on from Control Centre or set to automatically turn on at night.

Gorgeous new look

A cool new look that’s easy on the eyes and perfect for low‑light environments.

Privacy and Security

Privacy and security are at the core of everything we do. iPadOS pushes privacy protection even further with new features that help you stay in control of your data while enjoying the personalised experiences you want.

HomeKit Secure Video

Introducing camera storage designed around security and privacy.

Privacy

We build privacy into everything we do, and iPadOS is no different.

Photos

With its big, immersive Retina display, iPad is the perfect device for browsing and editing your photos. And it’s powerful enough to handle any photo-editing task. iPadOS makes managing and manipulating photos much more efficient by bringing you fast, simple new ways to capture, edit and browse.

All-new Photos tab

A new curated view of your best moments from every day, month and year.

Redesigned editing

New tools let you control any adjustment or filter so you can fine‑tune your photos.

Powerful video editing

Nearly every tool and effect you use on your photos can be used on videos, including rotate, crop and auto‑enhance.

Performance

iPad has always been fast and responsive. But with iPadOS, you’ll notice that everything moves a little faster.

Faster unlock

iPadOS is even faster than iOS 12. For example, Face ID now unlocks up to 30 per cent faster.2

Faster app launch

Apps will launch up to two times faster than before and be smaller in download size.3

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality combines digital objects and information with the real world to create entirely new ones. iPad, with its front and back cameras, fast performance, large vivid display and built‑in motion sensors, is the perfect device for experiencing them.

ARKit 3

AR apps can now place virtual
objects naturally in front of or
behind people for new and more immersive experiences.

And even more.

Apple Arcade.

Play over 100 groundbreaking new games, where storytelling and design are pushed further than ever before, all in a game subscription service unlike any other.

Learn more

Voice Control.

Control your iPad with just your voice. Rich text-editing features let you make corrections as you dictate. Navigate comprehensively using voice commands and gestures. You can even see numbers or names next to everything you can tap, and superimpose a grid onscreen to tap when there aren’t controls.

Siri Shortcuts.

The Shortcuts app is a single place for all your Siri shortcuts. The new Conversational Shortcuts let Siri ask questions to clarify your requests, like finding out which location you want to go to when you say “Order my usual coffee”.

More useful ways to look at Maps.

Look Around shows you where you’re going with a seamless, high‑resolution experience.5 An all‑new map features more realistic details for roads, beaches and more.6 And Collections let you track and share your must-see spots.

Custom Memoji in Messages.

Make your Memoji one in a trillion with new hairstyles, headwear, makeup and piercings. And now Memoji automatically become sticker packs you can use in Messages, Mail and third-party apps.

An all-new Reminders app.

Now it’s even easier to create and organise reminders. Smart lists make it easy to display and track your upcoming reminders. The quick toolbar lets you add dates, times, locations, flags, photos and scanned documents. And Siri suggests reminders you might want to add.

Text formatting tools in Mail.

Now you can write professional-looking emails on the go with formatting options that include font style, size and colour, alignment, indenting and outdenting text, and numbered and bulleted lists.

New and improved Notes.

A new gallery view and more powerful search help you find whatever note you need, exactly when you need it. The new checklist options help you get more done, and shared folders make it easier to collaborate with others on folders and notes.

Audio sharing with AirPods.

Now you can pair two sets of AirPods to one iPad and easily listen to a song or watch a movie along with a friend.7

See a full list of what’s
new in iPadOS.

Learn more

iPadOS is compatible with these devices.

Learn more about iPad

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • 11-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

See how to update
to iPadOS.

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Developers will love iPadOS too.

Learn more about developing for iPadOS

iOS 13

A whole new look.
On a whole new level.

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