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Apple’s Next iPadOS Could Make Your Tablet More Like a Laptop, Report Says

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

What’s happening

iPadOS, the software that runs on Apple tablets, is reportedly undergoing a major overhaul to make iPads more powerful when it comes to serious business.

Why it matters

iPads have been powerful enough for most office tasks for years, but their software has somewhat hampered their versatility.

What’s next

We should learn more at the company’s software conference, WWDC, on Monday.

Apple reportedly has some big updates in stock for that iPad. At his annual World developer conference Next week, Apple plans to announce significant changes to its iPad software, Bloomberg reportsciting people with knowledge of the matter.

The iPad’s next software update, which will likely be called iPadOS 16, will reportedly make it function more like a laptop than a phone. According to Bloomberg, the iPad will also get a redesigned user interface that will make it easier to switch between tasks and see which apps are open.

Reportedly, iPad users can also resize app windows and manage multiple apps at once. Currently, iPads can run apps full-screen — like iPhones — or run two apps side-by-side. A smaller version of a third app can also be inserted from the side.

Apple is also expected to announce the next software update for the iPhone iOS 16, at WWDC. Among the changes expected for the iPhone operating system is the addition of smaller apps, called widgets, to the phone’s lock screen. Apple could also announce an always-on display for the iPhone 14.

While the software updates are expected to be announced next week, these updates aren’t usually available to the public until the fall.

Apple’s mostly online WWDC begins June 6 at 10 a.m. PT (1pm ET, 6pm BST).

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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