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Cool features included in new iPad software

July 11, 2019
BY GEORGE GORDON • Computer Guru , Lahaina News

The new iPad software coming out soon will have some really cool features.

Widgets in iOS are usually just a swipe away from the home screen. But when iPadOS launches, you'll be able to pin certain widgets to the device's home screen, making it easy to see information like upcoming calendar appointments at just a glance.

Apple's next big Mac update, called Catalina, and iPadOS will bring a new feature called Sidecar that turns your Apple tablet into a second Mac display.

That means you'll be able to extend your desktop so that it stretches across your Mac and your iPad, making it possible to drag content between both. You can also use the iPad to mirror your Mac's display and to edit content on the iPad using the Apple Pencil.

Apple's Slide Over feature, which allows you to pin an app to the side of your iPad's screen in a column view alongside another app, is getting a noteworthy update in iPadOS.

When the update launches, you'll be able to open multiple apps in Slide Over simultaneously and cycle between them with a swipe.

Apple is making the Files app even more robust and comprehensive with a new column view and other helpful features.

The column view will make it much easier to find documents quickly without having to dig through your folders.

You'll be able to view sub-folders in a column alongside your main folders, and a new preview pane lets you see images and other content without having to open it.

The Files app is also getting a new downloads folder for keeping your downloads from the Mail app and Safari all in one place.

If you're going to use your iPad like a desktop computer, Apple is adding the ability for Safari to automatically show the desktop version of websites on the iPad, making better use of its larger screen.

Apple's Split View feature for the iPad brings the ability to run multiple windows showing the same app.

That should make it much easier to work on projects that require multitasking across several documents or websites.

To make it easier to navigate through long documents, Apple is adding support for scroll bar scrubbing on the iPad.

When iPadOS launches, you'll be able to drag the scroll bar to a designated area on a webpage or document, allowing for more precise scrolling (just like on the desktop).

You'll be able to copy text by pinching up from the screen with three fingers, while pinching outward with three fingers will paste the content in the location of your choosing.

The gestures are meant to mimic the motion of picking something up and putting it back down, making it easy to remember.

You'll be able to take a screenshot in iPadOS by dragging the Apple Pencil from either bottom corner of the screen.

Apple's new iPhone software, iOS 13, includes a feature that will help extend the life of your battery.

The new feature is called "optimized battery charging." Apple's new feature will prevent the phone from charging up to 100 percent, and activating the trickle charge, until it thinks you're going to need it.

So, if you typically pull your iPhone off the charger at 6 a.m., it'll finish juicing up the last 20 percent just before then, instead of earlier in the night when it might consistently try to keep the iPhone charged at 100 percent.

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