Get started with Apple iPadOS 15: The new multitasking is more practical, but it still hasn’t become a touch-screen version of macOS

After staying up late to watch the WWDC 2021 speech, do you have the same feeling of "this is it?" like me.

The much-anticipated iPadOS 15 system, which was supposed to give the M1 iPad Pro more productivity, has not become what we want, right, it is the touch-screen version of macOS. In addition to looking forward to the comparison with reality, this time the iPadOS update points are quite rich. We may as well accept the reality and update the iPad Pro on hand to the iPadOS 15 developer Beta version for the first time.

If you have conditions, you can use your backup machine to try to download the latest iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8 and other new systems first, and experience the fun of the new system with us.

Components and App Resource Library

Before iPadOS 15, the homepage of the iPad always gave me a boring feeling. Except for the first screen to add widgets on the leftmost side, the other spaces were just solitary App icons.

So in this system update, the first thing to be transformed is the iPad homepage. There is no longer a restriction on where the widgets appear, and everyone can be creative and fill the homepage in a disorderly arrangement.

The relationship between widgets and App icons is equal. For example, when the widgets in the front row are deleted, the following application icons and widgets move forward together like a queue. The advantage is that the homepage is kept tidy at all times, but this will also The original arrangement position is disrupted.

The design of the component library has also changed, which improves the utilization of the large screen. When a component is dragged to the home page, the window of the component library will automatically shrink to the bottom, and the window will automatically enlarge after releasing it, allowing the user to select the next component.

For Apple users who are using iOS 14, these operations are not unfamiliar. After all, this is the function that WWDC added to the iPhone last year. However, due to the large screen advantage of the iPad, the process of adding components has become more seamless and smooth.

When we slide the homepage to the last page, the App resource library on the far right of the Dock will automatically expand. Of course, you can open the App resource library directly from the Dock.

The resource library will automatically classify all applications according to categories. The same application may appear in multiple categories at the same time. For example, NBA 2K21 will appear in both categories, Arcade and games.

With iPadOS 15, the interface logic of the iPad is closer to the iPhone, and the style is better.

Multi-task management

Another major update function item occurred in the multi-task management model that is closely related to productivity.

When I open any App, I can see three dots appear at the top of the interface. After pressing it, three window styles will appear, namely full screen, half screen and side window.

So I opened two apps at the same time and placed them on separate screens. When I want to switch between apps, I can press and hold the top three points and pull down at the same time. The app interface will shrink to the right, and then I can open another app.

In addition, some applications also support multiple windows. Take the Pages document as an example. When I open a document, the Dock is displayed from the bottom, and then click the icon of Pages document again. A new window prompt will appear at the bottom, click A new window will be opened, and the user can create a new document again, or click to open another document, so that you can quickly switch between different documents.

Later, when you want to open a new window, just click the three-dot button at the top of the application, and you can also call up the new window function.

In addition, in the multitasking interface, the split-screen and side-window applications will retain the original style display, click to restore immediately.

In general, the optimized split-screen mode and the newly-added multi-window function can really highlight the iPad's large-screen advantages. Switching between documents and notes is faster, but the operation is still not as straightforward as a laptop.

Tap the three-point button at the top, and often accidental touches also trigger the quick return to the top function.

How to further optimize the gesture logic without increasing the user's learning cost has become the next topic in the iPadOS update.

Keyboard shortcuts

Long press the Command key on the iPad external keyboard, the new version of the shortcut key spectrum will be displayed, and some shortcuts have been added on the original basis. At this time, the 2000 Dayang Magic Keyboard has become more cost-effective.

FaceTime

In the speech on iOS 15, Apple spent a lot of space to talk about the new features of FaceTime. I briefly summarized it as more universal, more practical and better.

As we all know, FaceTime is the exclusive video call function of Apple devices, but now Apple users can generate a link so that Android and Windows users can also access FaceTime calls through the link, reflecting its universality.

The newly added SharePlay feature makes FaceTime more practical, allowing you to share songs from Apple Music, episodes from Apple TV+, and even your screen with friends.

▲ Source: Apple's official website

Finally, it is better to hear, which means that FaceTime supports the spatial audio function and can choose different radio modes. Among them, the noise reduction mode can use algorithms to shield the surrounding noise and significantly improve the quality of the call.

Due to time constraints, friends who are interested in this part of the function can jump to this article to learn more.

Quick memo

Many people regard the iPad as a great tool for handbooks or notes. Although the original memo has been very powerful after several iterations, it can be used for a series of operations such as illustrations, handwriting, and adding links. It can be said that they have grabbed a lot of notes. However, Apple felt that it was not enough, so this time it added a quick memo function.

When we are browsing the web or viewing the photo album, we suddenly want to record something. Please pick up the Apple Pencil and slide it in from the lower right corner of the app. The quick memo function will be awakened. At this time, a prompt will appear at the top of the small window. Add a link and start writing down your inspiration, click Done.

All the quick notes will be displayed in the quick memo folder. When you click on it, you can not only see the notes you just made, but you can also jump directly to the link page that gives you inspiration. If there is a web link in the memo, it will jump to the open page in Safari; if it is a photo, it will jump to the album.

In addition, I also tested on Douban, Apple TV+, Apple Maps, and WeChat Reading. I found that the first three apps showed a prompt to add links when taking notes, but WeChat did not read books, and naturally they would not jump. Transfer; Apple TV+ has a link, but it cannot be redirected, perhaps because the current system version is not stable yet.

It seems that the memos on the iPad are getting better and better. For users who need lightweight bookkeeping, they don't need to spend extra money to buy large-scale efficiency applications such as GoodNotes and Nobility. The built-in memos are already good enough. This is undoubtedly worth celebrating for the student party who often takes notes.

translation

It's another function that brings iPad closer to iPhone. Now iPad also has its own translation software. The interface is very similar to that of iPhone. It can be translated sentence by sentence, or it can be displayed in the form of dialogue.

In face to face mode, the interface looks like this. But to be honest, the translation skills have been strengthened. I just tried a sentence Where there is a will there is a way (where there is a will there is a way), but it was a different result after the English translation on the iPad. But for general situational dialogue, it can still be fluent.

Safari

Apple’s pro-son browser, Safari, has been revamped again. The overall interface design has been changed this time. The top bar will display a more immersive frosted glass effect according to different web pages, and the page labels are more intuitive.

The left sidebar will display information such as favorites, and there is an option that has been shared with you, which is the link sent by friends in the message (iMessage), which is unified in this location for easy management.

Remember the link jump function in the quick memo earlier? When you open the page saved in the quick memo, a small window will pop up in the lower right corner, click to continue taking notes. It can be said that the two are attached to each other, and the whole experience is as smooth as flowing water.

map

At the press conference, Apple demonstrated the new features of Apple Maps, including displaying special landmarks, AR navigation, etc. However, these features are not currently available in China because the domestic map provider is AutoNavi.

But when I entered the original map, I discovered the New World. Apple Maps has repainted some famous landmarks in color, and established cartoon models, which are particularly conspicuous in the overall gray-green picture. There are relatively few such colorful landmarks. Currently, there are only the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, and Oracle in San Francisco. The stadium and surrounding famous buildings, as well as the big circle of Apple headquarters, enjoy the same treatment.

You can compare the difference between this modeling and the real scene. Looking at these cartoon models, there is a feeling of playing Sims.

Swift Playgrounds

Before WWDC, I had an unrealistic fantasy about the M1 version of the iPad Pro. I personally thought that iPadOS 15 would launch an exclusive optimized productivity application for the M1 iPad, such as FCPX and XCode Cloud Cloud. The actual situation is not.

However, in order not to disappoint us too much, Apple launched the new Swift Playgrounds, which can be programmed, have automatic code completion for Swift syntax, can be compiled locally, can directly preview the effect, and can even be directly submitted to the App Store.

▲ Source: Apple's official website

The previous Swift Playgrounds was more like a programming classroom, attracting beginners through the form of games; now it has more functions and can even be called a development tool, which can be regarded as a supplement to productivity. But for the specific efficiency, readers of related majors are welcome to add in the comment area.

Universal Control

I stayed up late to watch the speech last night, and the one that dazzled me the most was the Universal Control function.

During Craig’s presentation, the iMac, MacBook, and iPad Pro were side by side in front of him. He was manipulating the trackpad on the iMac, moving the mouse from the iMac screen across the MacBook to the iPad screen, and dragging it from the ProCreate app. A picture, put on the editing track of the FCPX of the iMac.

The whole process went smoothly, and the efficiency of this set of cross-screen collaboration was simply greedy. Does this mean that the underlying systems of macOS and iPadOS have been opened up? We hope to find this answer in the next in-depth experience.

▲ Source: Apple's official website

Focus mode

In today's information explosion, we are overwhelmed by thousands of information, messages, and push notifications every day, so Apple introduced a focus mode that allows users to set the density of information in different scenarios. Push thumbnails and mute on Douyin, e-commerce, games, etc. during work; temporarily ignore phone calls and messages during games.

Think of the focus mode as an extension of the do not disturb mode.

In each mode, we can customize contacts and App notifications that are not filtered. "One size fits all" blocking is pure laziness. No one wants to miss a boy/girlfriend phone call or miss important work news. Apple Leave enough room for users to choose.

summary

Time is limited, it is difficult for us to play through every new feature, but through quick hands-on, we can see that iPadOS is trying to move the experience closer to iOS while retaining its own tablet advantages.

Although the Swift Playgrounds update has made up for part of the iPad Pro's productivity, it has yet to see a deeper optimization for the M1 chip. The newly added Universal Control function makes the iPad more like a tool for assisting MacBook, just like Robin next to Batman. Although the latter is important, the protagonist is still Batman.

This tablet has performance comparable to that of the M1 MacBook Air, but it can only be used as a "video and audio entertainment artifact." My hope for iPad Pro as a productivity tool may only be pinned on next year's WWDC.

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