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Technology Apple's iPad OS update: 5 tips to make your iPad work for you

09:35  26 march  2020
09:35  26 march  2020 Source:   cnet.com

Apple's latest iPad mini is down to an all-time low of $350 at Amazon

  Apple's latest iPad mini is down to an all-time low of $350 at Amazon Like the idea of Apple's small-but-speedy iPad mini, but don't want to pay a $70 premium over the usual price of the larger entry-level iPad? You might not have to. Amazon is running a sale that lops $49 off the price of the iPad mini, bringing it to a new low price (for the store) of $350 for the 64GB WiFi model. You'll see a comparable discount on the 256GB model, too, although the deals aren't nearly as sweet for cellular buyers (just $34 off the 256GB variant).This still makes the mini more expensive than the base 10.2-inch iPad, especially if you can find a sale on the bigger device, but the price cut might prove tempting depending on what you're looking for.

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iPadOS makes iPad more powerful and capable with new enhancements to Slide Over and Split View, Apple Pencil, text editing, keyboard, and more. Trackpad support opens up new ways to use iPad . The reimagined cursor experience has been designed specifically to work in a touch‑first environment.*

While you may only use your iPad to watch your favorite Netflix series, Apple's tablet can do nearly everything your laptop can do. If it's been a while since you've tried to push the iPad to its limits, it's time to give it another shot. Recent software updates, including the just released iPadOS 13.4, have added new features like an improved Safari browser, better multitasking and even trackpad support.

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With all of these new features -- and many of us now finding ourselves working from home during the coronavirus pandemic-- it may be time to turn to your iPad a laptop replacement. Below are five features that will help you get the most out of your iPad and its latest software.

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  iOS 13.4 public beta 1 now available to download After rolling out the very first developer betas for iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 last week, Apple is now making the public version of the updated mobile operating system available to everyone. If you read any of our stories about the update last week, you know that there are quite a few exciting additions planned for iOS 13.4, such as CarKey (which turns an iPhone or iPad into a wireless key you can sync with your car) and new Memoji stickers. © Provided by Penske Media Corporation iOS-13-Photos Other additions include iCloud Drive folder sharing, a fix for the toolbar in the Mail app, asking Siri to go to the Home screen, and a new feature allowing developers to bundle iOS and Mac app

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Apple released iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 around the same time the iPhone 11 launched in September. This is the first time the iPad has had its own operating Here' s everything you need to know about iOS 13, from getting it on your iPhone or iPad to its best features. iOS 13 and iPadOS also have new

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Gesture control

a black and yellow record next to a laptop: iPadOS adds mouse support, and a whole lot more.  © Sarah Tew/CNET

iPadOS adds mouse support, and a whole lot more.

Getting around the iPad isn't as simple as pressing the home button or swiping up from the bottom of the screen anymore.

In iPadOS, Apple has added several new multitasking gestures for doing things like using multiple apps at the same time, quickly switching between apps, and resizing apps. By our count, there are 16 different gestures you should know about.

For example, you can now quickly switch between apps you have open in Slide Over with a simple swipe across the button of the app. And you're not locked into using Split View apps in a 50/50 arrangement -- you can adjust their window sizes.

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Go to Software Update in System Preferences to find the macOS Catalina upgrade. Click Upgrade Now and follow the onscreen instructions to begin your upgrade. AirDrop to iOS and iPadOS devices requires an iPhone or iPad with a Lightning connector and iOS 7 or later.

Apple today also introduced the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro. With a floating design with smooth angle adjustment, a backlit keyboard and trackpad, the Magic Keyboard “We’re making iPad even more capable and versatile by bringing trackpad support to iPadOS ,” said Craig Federighi, Apple ’ s

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Multi-window apps

After you master gestures, the next thing you should learn: Which apps you can use in multiple windows.

Similar to having two or three different Chrome windows open on your PC or Mac, you can now do that on the iPad with apps that support iPadOS. Safari is one app that I find myself using a lot with multiple windows on my iPad Pro .

What it means is that you can use Mail and Safari side-by-side in split-view, and then have another instance of Safari open on its own, with several tabs, at the same time that you have Apple Notes and Safari next to each other in another window. Safari isn't the only app that allows for multiple windows -- most of Apple's own apps like Notes, Mail and Messages, support it.

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  The iPad Air is on sale at Amazon (along with a bunch of other iPads) We've already seen a couple solid iPaddiscounts this year, and it seems to be an ongoing trend. Select versions of the iPad Air, iPad Pro and iPad mini are on sale today, offering something for everyone. The iPad Air 10.5-inch 64GB WiFi model is on sale for $400 on Amazon. That's a $100 savings, but you'll have to settle for the gold finish. The silver version has sold out, and the space gray model is on sale, but only at a $50 discount. The 10.5-inch iPad Air fills a space between the affordable, yet slightly basic iPad and the more expensive iPad Pro. It has an excellent display, strong battery life and snappy performance, but its design isn't going to blow you away.

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iPadOS is designed to make your iPad even more powerful and capable. So you can do more Write and sketch on PDFs or mark up your documents with Apple Pencil. See the updates live on You can also choose to have Apple create a unique email address for you that forwards to your real address.

There are several different ways to open an app in multiple windows, but the easiest is to drag and drop an app's icon onto another app.

The easiest way to figure out if an app support multiple windows is to long-press on the app icon, and look at the pop-up menu for a "Show all windows" option.

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Speaking of Safari...

iPadOS brings with it a desktop-class version of Safari. This is a pretty big deal, and will open up the potential to use websites like Google Docs or Wordpress on the iPad. It also means that you should have fewer issues with websites properly loading, and instead of seeing mobile websites designed for use on a phone, you'll see the desktop version of a site load by default.

The new Safari also has a dedicated download manager, site-specific settings, and more tools for managing open tabs. In other words, Safari for iPad (and iPhone ) has grown up. Follow along as we walk you through using all of Safari's new features.

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You can now use external storage

The Files app in iPadOS 13 (and iOS 13, for that matter) is able to show you files and documents stored on an external storage device. So, you can connect devices such as a USB thumb drive, SSD, or external hard drive to your iPad, open the Files app, and move documents around as you would on a computer.

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But in order to do that, you'll most likely need an adapter. The most recent iPad Pro's have a USB-C connector for charging and accessories, while the rest of the iPad lineup still uses Lightning ports.

Use something like the USB-C to USB adapter to attach thumb drives, but you'll need something like the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter to connect storage devices that require power, such as some SSD drives or external hard drives. If you're just wanting to connect an SD card from your camera, the USB-C to SD Card reader will suffice.

Apple also offers the same adapters, but for Lightning devices. There's a Lightning to USB adapter, Lighting to USB 3 camera adapter, and a Lighting to SD Card reader.

With the appropriate adapter, connect a storage device to your iPad, open the Files app, and look for the device's name to show up in the Locations section. Select the device to access the files and folders.

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Use a mouse or trackpad

Even though Apple included mouse support in iPadOS 13, it was hidden as an accessibility feature and not something the company was actively pushing as an iPad feature. However, with the release of iPadOS 13.4 and the upcoming launch of the Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro, Apple is all-in with mouse support.

Is Apple trying to bring iPads more laptop-like functionality?

  Is Apple trying to bring iPads more laptop-like functionality? According to a report, later this year Apple will be launching an iPad keyboard with a built-in trackpad alongside the next iteration of the iPad Pro. The accessory is said to be manufactured by Foxconn Technology and is slated to hit the market later this year alongside the next generation of the iPad Pro. Over the summer of last year, Apple launched mouse support for the iPad, too, giving the tablet a more laptop-like interface; however, this tech was developed as an accessibility feature and has to be enabled within the accessibility menu.

If you already have an iPad, you don't need to go out and buy Apple's latest to get mouse support. You can connect a wired mouse or a Bluetooth trackpad or keyboard to your iPad once you've installed the latest update.

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Pair a trackpad or mouse in your iPad's Bluetooth menu, just like you would a pair of headphones. Connect a wired mouse to the iPad using the same adapters we just discussed for using external storage devices.

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With a device connected to your tablet, you'll find either a Mouse or Trackpad option in the settings app under General. There you can adjust customize its behavior, like tap-to-click for trackpads or disabling natural scrolling.

Apple added many more features to the iPad than what we've covered here. iOS 13 and iPadOS have a lot of overlapping new tools, settings and more, which include a new dark mode, a revamped Reminders app and new photo-editing tools. All which have improved the overall tablet-replaces-my-laptop experience.

Apple adds trackpad support to the iPad .
Apple just introduced a new iPad Pro, but older iPads are set to get a major update as well. On March 24th, Apple is releasing iPadOS 13.4 which includes full mouse and trackpad support for the first time. It'll work on all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 and later, the 5th-generation iPad and later, and the iPad mini 4 and later. Basically, if you've bought an iPad in the last four or five years, it should be supported. Apple says it didn't justApple says it didn't just replicate the cursor and mouse experience that you get on a Mac. Instead, the cursor is similar to the circular one that has worked as an accessibility feature since iPad OS was released last fall.

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