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Apple has announced the new operating system for iPad, iPadOS 17, and it brings many exciting features. Here are some of the highlights:
iPadOS 17 introduces powerful widgets that can be placed on the home screen, providing users with quick access to information and enhancing overall functionality.
Custom Lock Screen
Users can now customize the lock screen of their iPads. Pressing and holding allow users to choose from various wallpaper options, including Live Photos that create a slow-motion effect by synthesizing additional frames, similar to Apple Watch face.
Users can track various activities from the lock screen such as meal orders, travel plans, and timers, making staying on top of essential tasks convenient.
For the first time, iPadOS 17 will include the Health app, taking advantage of the larger screen real estate and allowing users to sync health data from all their devices. The integration of HealthKit brings comprehensive health tracking to the iPad.
Working with PDFs will be improved in iPadOS 17. The operating system can now use autofill to populate fields in PDFs, even in documents scanned with a camera, streamlining the workflow.
The Notes app will receive an update that enables collaboration on PDFs. Users can view PDFs within Notes, flip through pages, and save multiple PDFs in a single note. Collaborators will see changes in real-time, enhancing productivity.
Enhancements to the size of windows and greater control over the workspace will be introduced, providing users with a more efficient and tailored multitasking experience.
Users will have more control over the camera during FaceTime calls, enhancing the overall video chatting experience.
Stay Tuned for More Updates
We will continue to provide updates on the latest developments in iPadOS 17, so stay tuned for more information.
Predictions and Release Date
Before the official announcement of iPadOS 17, there were predictions about its release. The annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is set to take place in June 2023, when Apple traditionally unveils its latest operating systems. The first developer beta of iPadOS 17 is expected to be released on the same day as the WWDC keynote, with the public beta becoming available later. The final version of iPadOS 17 will likely be released in the fall, following previous release patterns.
Compatibility and Installation
The specific models of iPads compatible with iPadOS 17 have not been confirmed yet, but based on previous years, it is expected that older models may not be supported. The compatibility list will be announced at the WWDC keynote. To install iPadOS 17, users can either wait for the official release and update their iPads through the settings or participate in the developer or public beta programs. It is recommended to back up all data before installing beta versions.
Rumored Features and Wishlist
While there are limited rumors about the features of iPadOS 17, there are some anticipated additions. It is speculated that the lock screen customization introduced in iOS 16 may also be extended to iPadOS 17, allowing users to personalize their iPad experience. Compatibility with external app stores could be another new feature due to regulatory requirements.
Additionally, the integration of xrOS software, expected for Apple’s mixed reality helmet, may impact iPadOS 17. Other wishlist features include a dynamic island similar to the iPhone 14 Pro models, a redesigned home screen with more customization options, multi-user support, and enhanced integration with the Apple Watch.