For years, the iPad has been a beloved tool in the creative community, with apps for drawing, editing photos, and working with audio. But for the so-called knowledge workers — people who spend most of their days typing emails and working on documents — the iPad wasn’t a very welcoming work environment, with almost baked-in app switches and multitasking tools. This is something we noticed in our conversation Review of the new iPad Pro. Today, Apple has shown that it is working to correct these shortcomings.
With the next update, iPadOS will get the multitasking menu that appears at the top of the screen. With the small popup, you can capture apps in full screen, create a split view with multiple apps, or swipe windows on the side of the screen to get to the home screen, all with one or two taps. Switching between apps in split view is neat and accomplished with just a few swipes. These actions will also work with keyboard shortcuts—a boon for knowledge workers pairing their iPad with a smart keyboard to use as a laptop replacement.
Other updates: The Notes app has become more collaborative, with the ability to see recent changes, and the ability to tag your co-workers in a shared document. Widgets get an update in iPadOS, with new, larger widgets, and new actions that make it easier to organize and manage widgets on the Home screen. The Translate app is also getting a boost on the iPad, with the added ability to translate text across all apps, web pages, and messages—everything on the system. Something really unique: You can use translation to practice handwriting with the Apple Pencil, so if you want to get better at using Japanese kanji, this is your picture.
Your constant companion, the Apple Watch, can’t pat you on the back and tell you to put your head between your knees when you have a panic attack. But she does her best Chill out With some new meditative features. Now the breathing app has more accommodating animations. The new Reflect feature fuels feelings of happiness prompts, like being grateful for something you love, or reminding yourself of something that gives you joy (coincidence!). The sleep tracking system that was introduced to watchOS last year also now contains new ways to measure various sleep goals, such as measuring your respiratory rate.
Continuing the meditative trend, Apple Fitness+ It now includes a tai chi exercise to reduce stress, as well as spotlight exercises from artists like Keith Urban that are bound to grow your user base. A new celebrity trainer, Janet Jenkins, has also joined the Fitness+ training team as an added attraction.