With its next update, iPadOS will get a multitasking menu that appears at the top of the screen. Using the small popup menu, you can take apps to full screen, create a shared view with multiple apps, or drag windows to the side of the screen to access the home screen, all with one or two taps. Switching between apps in split view is now done with just a couple of swipes. These actions will also work with keyboard shortcuts – a blessing for knowledgeable workers who pair their iPad with a Smart Keyboard to use as a laptop replacement.
Other updates: The Notes app becomes more collaborative, with the ability to view recent changes, and the ability to tag your collaborators in a shared document. Widgets get an update on iPadOS, with new larger widgets, and new features that make it easier to organize and manage widgets on the home screen. The Translation app also gets a boost on the iPad, with real-time spoken language translations, and the added ability to translate text across all your apps, Web pages, Messages – everything that’s on the system. Something really unique: You can use Translate to practice writing with Apple Pencil, so if you want to brush up on your Japanese kanji, here’s your shot.
Your constant companion, the Apple Watch, can’t shrug your shoulders and tell you to put your head between your knees when you have a panic attack. But he does his best to you chill out with some new meditative function. Now the Breathe app has more absorbent animation. A new Reflect feature gives you a feeling of well-being, you like to be grateful for something you love, or you remember something that gives you joy (shells!). The sleep tracking system introduced in watchOS last year also has new ways to measure different sleep goals, such as measuring your respiratory rate.
Continuing on the meditative trend, Apple’s Fitness + service it now includes a tai chi workout to reduce stress, as well as artist reflector trainings by artists such as Keith Urban that are aimed at increasing the user base. A new celebrity trainer, Jeanette Jenkins, has also joined the Fitness + training team as an added attraction.
Finally, the Photos app receives a significant update on the Watch. The new portrait of the watch faces that put the images of your loved ones on your Watch are sure to be a success. Plus, you can now scroll through your memories, keep track of the highlights presented, and share them with your friends and family without even picking up your phone. Once you’ve found a particularly appealing shot, you can select it to send to your best friend, dictate text, use the Scribble feature to edit text online, and then follow up with just the perfect gif. It is everything the communication that your friends and family might want, entirely from the wrist.
The next macOS
The next version of macOS will be called Monterey – following Apple’s recent habit of naming macOS releases after much of California, though the name is a nuisance to anyone who had their money in Buttonwillow or Manteca. With this next version of the desktop operating system starting this fall, Apple is targeting the device synergy. Apps will sync more easily between all your Apple devices: Macs, iPads and iPhones. In fact, with a new feature Apple calls Universal Control, users can put their iPad next to a Mac to double as a second instant monitor. The Mac’s trackpad and keyboard will also work on both devices, with the cursor jumping between screens as the focus shifts from one device to another.