Multitasking gets better, keyboard shortcuts added
Multitasking before iPadOS 15 was quite the Achilles’ heel for iPad but Apple has made it much better. With iPadOS 15, it gets better. A new multitasking menu appears at the top of apps, making it easy to go into Split View or Slide Over with just a tap. Users now have quick access to the Home Screen when using Split View, and using the new shelf, they can also multitask with apps that have multiple windows like Safari and Pages. All-new keyboard shortcuts and a redesigned menu bar allow users to get more done, including quickly setting up and switching between Split View and Slide Over right from their external keyboard.
Give a new ‘look’ to the iPad with widgets and more
With iOS 14, widgets became quite popular and now with iPadOS 15 they can now be placed among apps on the Home Screen for a more personalised experience. Apple has made a new larger widget size, designed specifically for the larger display of iPad. The App Library also comes to iPad, which automatically organises all apps into helpful categories like Productivity, Games, and Recently Added, and is easily accessible right from the Dock.
FaceTime calls get better on iPad
FaceTime audio and video calls on the iPad will become more “natural and lifelike”, claims Apple. FaceTime on iPad gets spatial audio feature as well. Other features like voice isolation, a new microphone mode, uses machine learning to eliminate background noise and prioritise the user’s voice. There’s also Wide Spectrum that allows for every bit of background sound to come through. Group FaceTime now gives the option to display participants in same-size tiles in a new grid view, making it easier to have conversations with larger groups.
FaceTime on iPad can now work with Android, Windows
With iPadOS 15, FaceTime calls can now extend to Android and Windows devices. Users can create a link from iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and share it through Messages, Calendar, Mail, or third-party apps, so anyone can join a FaceTime call from their web browser. FaceTime calls on the web remain end-to-end encrypted, so privacy is not compromised.
All-new notifications on iPad
Notifications have been redesigned, adding contact photos for people and larger icons for apps that make them even easier to identify. Users can now receive a notification summary — a helpful collection of notifications delivered daily — at scheduled times, like in the morning and evening, making it easy to catch up on the day’s activity at their convenience.