A surprise from the WWDC: Apple has decided that the iPad deserves its own operating system. And that's why iOS on the iPad is now called iPadOS. The system brings some new features that are only available on the tablet.
Apple has revised the home screen on the iPad so that it now also displays widgets as they are known from the notification center. Apps can now be dragged side by side and it is easy to switch between them. This reminds me more of macOS than of iOS.
There are also new gestures. Finally, the days when you had to shake your iPhone or iPad to undo an entry are over - at least on the iPad. A new gesture allows you to undo or restore text entries with three-finger swiping. For this, you have to wipe to the left or to the right.
With three fingers you can mark and insert selected text passages. This should work in all apps. In addition, it should be possible to configure fonts in iPadOS. New fonts are offered via the App Store.
iPadOS also receives the revised Files app. It now looks more like the Finder on macOS and you can make small changes. It's a real treat because until now there was no real file manager on Apple's mobile operating system. Even the original version of Files proved not to be too useful. Now the Files app can also handle SMB network shares and USB sticks.
The new version of Apple's Safari Browser offers new keyboard shortcuts, the text size can be better adjusted and can also be remembered for certain web pages. Apple promises a browser like you are used to on a desktop.
If you use an Apple Pencil, you can be happy that the latency for iPadOS is supposed to be only 9 milliseconds - it used to be 20 milliseconds. If the pencil is moved from one corner of the iPad, the system takes a screenshot, which can then be edited directly.
The presentation of iPadOS was relatively short compared to the presentation of iOS 13 and Apple has probably not yet shown all the new features of the versionless system. We will update this article as soon as we know more.