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Apple’s Finally Making the iPad More Like a Mac (For Multitasking, at Least)

This story is part of WWDC 2022CNET’s full coverage of and about Apple’s annual developer conference.

On Monday, Apple mentally brought its iPad tablet a little closer to the Mac computers WWDC 2022and announces new features for its iPadOS 16 software that add better multitasking capabilities.

The new changes to the iPad represent another major change for the device and aim to enhance the “Pro” capabilities of Apple’s tablets. As Apple has expanded the power and capabilities of its iPads, the software has drawn criticism from many reviewers, including us at CNET not provide enough functionality.

Apple seems poised to answer many of these concerns with its latest software, which will be released as a free update this fall.

Some features, like sharing documents via Messages, are extensions of the new sharing features of iOS 16 on iPhone. It looks like FaceTime calls while working on a shared document might be easier to make and work while FaceTime stays open. It looks like a step towards virtual collaborative work solutions for Apple, similar to what Google and Microsoft are already using. SharePlay, Apple’s connected social framework that launched last year, is also coming to Apple’s GameCenter to launch multiplayer games.

Apple also has a collaborative workspace app called Freeform coming later this year that will work like a giant whiteboard. Invited collaborators can start adding content at the same time. Freeform is also coming to iOS and MacOS.

Opening apps on an iPad while other apps are open on the side

Stage Manager swaps groups of open apps, just like the next version of macOS.

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iPadOS 16 also aims to better utilize more advanced iPads with Apple’s M1 chip. Metal 3 promises better graphics, but Apple also wants to add more desktop-like features in apps: Some will have customizable toolbars, and the Files app looks like it’s finally getting a little more versatile for file management.

M1 iPads get display scaling to create an effectively larger display, allowing for more real estate on the app screen (but with smaller text and images). There’s also free-form window resizing, as well as support for external displays. Both features were overdue on iPadOS. Stage Manager, a macOS feature coming later this year, is also available on iPadOS. The result looks like a Mac with multiple size overlapping windows. And external displays now work like extra screen real estate instead of just mirroring the iPad. The feature is limited to eight apps running on the screen at once, but that’s a lot more than was previously available.

Finally there’s a weather app too (a long-missed app for some reason).

Apple announced its software updates as part of its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). take place online and in person at Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, California.

For eager fans who can’t wait until the fall, Apple should be offering a public “beta” trial of its iPadOS software in July, though specific dates have not yet been announced. While it may seem tempting to do so, at CNET we encourage you Only do this on a device that you don’t rely on on a daily basisjust in case it’s buggy.

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