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    Desktop Safari browsing, tighter app grid: Hot new features in iPad OS 13 make it more like a computer

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    You’ll be able to zoom in/out and use web apps like Google Docs and WordPress without an issue.

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    Your iPad can become a wireless second display for your Mac using this feature.
    Starting today, everyone with a compatible Apple device can try out the latest beta versions of iOS and iPad OS. You can download iOS 13 for iPhone too but we decided to focus more on iPad OS for two important reasons: it makes the iPad much more like a computer now & many of these features are also available on iOS. Here are some of the main features of iPad OS.

    1. Faster, feature-rich photos app
    The photo library can look like a mess if you take lots of photos – scores of duplicates and very little by way of automatic sorting. That changes with the new Photos app which automatically categorizes your photos into highlights. You’ll see a more interesting layout, auto-playing videos as you scroll, speed enhancements and richer editing options.

    2. The keyboard

    On iPad, the keyboard normally stretches from the left to the right of the screen. Problem is, it also takes up a third of the screen, obscuring important content. Now with a pinch gesture, you can shrink the keyboard down to a smartphone size keyboard – something we are all used to anyway. Drag it around anywhere you want and type with one hand using the swipe gestures.

    3. Desktop Safari browsing

    This was a problem earlier. iPads would always get the mobile optimized version of websites – despite the much larger and higher resolution display. Now, Safari just reports to the website that it’s coming from a full computer, not a phone. Touch input works, you’ll be able to zoom in/out and use web apps like Google Docs and WordPress without an issue.
    iPadOS2Agencies
    The new home-screen makes space for widgets and all screens have apps in a 6x5 grid.

    4. Supercharged multitasking

    Apart from just having the split screen view, you can now have two instances of the same app (not everything is supported, but you can do this with Notes, Email, Safari etc). If you have two apps open, you can also have other apps floating in a separate window – and these can be stacked too. It sounds a little confusing but you’ll get the hang of it pretty fast.

    5. System-wide Dark Mode

    Some Android devices have had this for years and even Safari has been offering a dark reading mode for a while. Dark mode (Settings > Display & Brightness) changes almost everything into a darker tone instantly. You can have it permanent or schedule it. The change also affects all first-party apps while third-party apps can integrate Dark mode using Apple-provided APIs.
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    If you have two apps open, you can also have other apps floating in a separate window – and these can be stacked too.


    6. Tighter app grid

    The new home-screen makes space for widgets and all screens have apps in a 6x5 grid.

    7. Enhanced accessibility

    You can control the iPad using voice or use a pointing device.

    8. More natural Siri voice

    Sentences spoken by Siri don’t sound like individual words strung together.

    9. Desktop-style files app

    It looks more like Finder, shows more detail & supports external USB devices.

    10. Sidecar display

    Your iPad can become a wireless second display for your Mac using this feature.

    How to download the public beta on your device

    As always, the standard disclaimers about beta software apply. This is still unreleased software and it will have some bugs. Certain third-party apps that you use may not be compatible, other apps may crash and battery life/performance may not be fully optimized. Try the public betas if you have a device to spare and are keen to try out new features before they’re released in the final version.

    Getting a public beta is as straightforward as a software update. To make sure your device can download the beta, you need to install a beta software profile. And you can get the beta software profile from Apple’s Beta Software Program webpage (https://beta.apple.com). Sign in using your Apple ID and all the eligible devices you have will show up there. In case of iPad and iOS, it’s important to access this webpage using the Safari web browser, sign in and then download the beta profile directly to your device. Next, head to the settings page and scroll to find the new profile and click on the button to trust it. You may need to restart the iPhone/iPad for the changes to take effect. Once done, the new software will download when on WiFi.

    In case of tvOS 13 on Apple TV, you need to sign up as usual on the Apple Beta Software page mentioned above. Then, on your Apple TV, head to settings > system > software updates > get beta updates and toggle the setting to on. WatchOS is not available as a public beta so you will have to wait for the final software.

    iOS 13, Catalina, Mac Pro: Everything Apple Announced at WWDC 2019

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    ​The Annual Affair

    Apple's annual developers conference, Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) was held in San Jose, California. There were a sea of announcements, amidst that of the end of an era for a rather popular app, iTunes. Although, the Cupertino-based tech giant made a lot of new announcements, it also played catch-up with a lot of new features, most of which are already available with the competetitors. Apple debuted with an all-new Mac Pro, added some interesting upgrades to the iOS 13, apart from adding health features to the Apple Watch, Watch OS 6. Here's everything that Apple unveiled at WWDC 2019.




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