IPadOS - Safari

iPadOS Safari now shows desktop versions of websites by default, includes a download manager, and has 30 new keyboard shortcuts if an external keyboard is connected.

IPadOS - Supported devices

An upgrade to iPadOS is automatically offered to supported devices.

IPadOS - Multitasking

iPadOS features a multitasking system developed with more capabilities compared to iOS, with features like Slide Over and Split View that make it possible to use multiple different applications simultaneously. Double-clicking the Home Button or swiping up from the bottom of the screen and pausing will display all currently active spaces. Each space can feature a single app, or a Split View featuring two apps. The user can also swipe left or right on the Home Indicator to go between spaces at any time, or swipe left/right with four fingers.


iPadOS is a mobile operating system created and developed by Apple Inc. for their iPad line of tablet computers. The successor of iOS 12 on iPad, it was announced at the company's 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), as a derivation from iOS but with a greater emphasis put on multitasking. It was released on September 24, 2019.

IPadOS - History

Over time, the iOS on the iPad became more and more separate from the iOS on the iPhone, by getting more exclusive features over time, so in order to emphasize the exclusive set of features available for the iPad, Apple announced at WWDC 2019 that the variant of iOS that runs on iPad devices would be rebranded to iPadOS, starting in 2019 with iPadOS 13.

IPadOS - History

The initial release of iPadOS 13.1 was on September 24, 2019; there was no 13.0 release.

List of Apple operating systems - iPadOS

* iPadOS 13 – derived from iOS 13

IPadOS - History

iPadOS 13.1.1 was released on September 27, 2019. iPadOS 13.1.2 was released on September 30, 2019. iPadOS 13.1.3 was released on October 15, 2019. iPadOS 13.2 was released on October 28, 2019. iPadOS 13.2.2 was released on November 7, 2019. iPadOS 13.2.3 was released on November 18, 2019.

IPadOS - Storage

iPadOS allows external storage, such as USB flash drives, portable hard drives, and solid state drives to be connected to an iPad via the Files app. The iPad Pro 3 does connect over USB-C but the Lightning camera connection kit also works to connect external drives with previous iPads.

IOS - Software updates

Apple provides major updates to the iOS operating system annually via iTunes and also, for iOS 5 and later, over-the-air. The latest version is iOS 13, released on September 19, 2019. It is available for iPhone 6S and later, and the seventh-generation iPod Touch. Alongside iOS 13, Apple debuted iPadOS 13 at its annual WWDC keynote on June 4, 2019. It was released on September 24, 2019. iPadOS is available on iPad Air 2 and later, iPad fifth-generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later and all versions of the iPad Pro.

Apple Music - Description

The service is compatible with iOS devices running version 8.4 or later, iPadOS devices running version 13.0 or later, Music app on macOS Catalina or later, iTunes version 12.2 or later for Windows PCs, as well as Apple Watch, Apple TV, Apple CarPlay, and Apple HomePod. It is also available for Android devices running version 4.3 or later, Chrome OS devices, Amazon Echo devices, and Sonos speakers. For devices without a native application, Apple Music is available on the web with a web player in beta.


iPad is a line of tablet computers designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc., which run the iOS and iPadOS mobile operating systems. The first iPad was released on April 3, 2010; the most recent iPad models are the seventh-generation iPad, released on September 25, 2019; the fifth-generation iPad mini, released on March 18, 2019; the third-generation iPad Air, released on March 18, 2019; and the 11 in and third-generation 12.9 in iPad Pro, released on November 7, 2018.

List of iOS devices - Supported iOS releases

This table indicates the highest supported versions of iOS or iPadOS available for each generation of iOS devices. Beta versions may be listed only if support is discontinued for some older devices.

IOS 13 - Text editing

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 add a new system-wide gesture interface for cut, copy, paste, undo, and redo. A three-finger swipe left or up will undo; three fingers right or down will redo. A single three-finger pinch will copy, a second three-finger pinch will cut, and a three-finger spread pastes. A three-finger single tap will bring up a shortcut menu with all five options.

IOS 13 - User interface

A system-wide dark mode allows users to enable a light-on-dark color scheme for the entire iOS and iPadOS user interface, all native applications, and supported third-party apps. It can be manually turned on or set to automatically switch between light and dark modes based on the time of day.

Apple A7

The Apple A7 is a 64-bit system on a chip (SoC) designed by Apple Inc. It first appeared in the iPhone 5S, which was introduced on September 10, 2013. Apple states that it is up to twice as fast and has up to twice the graphics power compared to its predecessor, the Apple A6. While not the first 64-bit ARM CPU, it is the first to ship in a consumer smartphone or tablet computer. Software updates for systems using this chip ceased in late 2019, as iOS 13 does not support the iPhone 5s and iPadOS 13 does not support the iPad Air, Mini 2 and 3.

Usage share of operating systems - Worldwide device shipments

There are more mobile phone owners than toothbrush owners, with mobile phones the fastest growing technology in history. There are a billion more active mobile phones in the world than people (and many more than 10 billion sold so far with less than half still in use), explained by the fact that some people have more than one, such as an extra for work. All the phones have an operating system, but only a fraction of them are smartphones with an OS capable of running modern applications. Currently 3.1 billion smartphones and tablets are in use across the world (with tablets, a small fraction of the total, generally running the same operating systems, Android or iOS, the latter being more popular on tablets. In 2019, it was announced that a variant of iOS called iPadOS specifically for iPad tablets was in development).

IPad Pro

The iPad Pro family is a line of iPad tablet computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc., that runs the iOS and iPadOS mobile operating systems. Its current generation is available in two screen sizes, 11 in and 12.9 in, each with four options for internal storage capacities: 64, 256, 512 GB, or 1 TB.

IPad Air

On June 3, 2019, Apple announced iPadOS is not supporting the iPad Air (first generation) and will stay on iOS 12.

IPad Air 2 - Software

It was revealed at WWDC 2019 that the iPad Air 2 would support iPadOS. It does lack the support for some features though such as Memoji Stickers, Apple's ARKit based applications and support for Sidecar in macOS Catalina, due to it having the Apple A8X Processor. Apart from this, most of the features that were introduced in iPadOS will work with this iPad, including support for external USB drives (using the camera connection kits), the redesigned split screen and multitasking interface (with support for two apps to be open at once) and support for Haptic Touch (no haptic feedback will be felt as the iPad family don't have Taptic Engines). Many people have described this iPad with this new software as a budget, and watered down version of its successor the iPad Pro.