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iOS 13 and iPadOS: Apple announces an amicable split

One of the key announcements from the recent Worldwide Developer Conference focused on iOS 13.  But with the emergence of iPadOS as an iPad®-dedicated operating system, the noise surrounding iOS 13 was more hum than buzz.

Let’s see why.

iOS 13

Coming this fall, iOS 13 focuses on performance and refinements.  More evolutionary than revolutionary, the new rev will offer updates to its most popular apps, provide new ways to protect privacy, and speed up some apps and functions that will sweeten overall iPhone® performance.

Privacy remains a top priority at Apple®.  With iOS 13, after Face ID® or Touch ID® recognition, you can sign in to apps and websites with your existing Apple ID.  Also, HomeKit™ introduces new location controls and transparency features designed around security and privacy that protect camera storage.

The most evident new iOS 13 feature will be Dark Mode, which Apple is bringing over from Mojave and macOS.  It displays light text on a dark background, which can be welcome when using an iOS device in a dark room without distracting others.  Dark Mode may also increase battery life on an OLED-based iPhone like the iPhone X, XS and XS Max.  But keep in mind that research shows the human eye and brain prefer dark text on light backgrounds (the reason newspapers were initially created that way) so you may read more slowly and with less recall in Dark Mode.

With Dark Mode enabled and seamlessly integrated throughout the system, it impacts all elements on your iPhone.  You can switch it on from Control Center or set it to automatically come on at night.

With Google’s Waze app and GPS navigation software getting so much attention, Apple felt compelled to step up the look and functionality of its Maps app.  In iOS 13, Apple has rebuilt Maps and its underlying database from the ground up, so you can explore cities and towns with an immersive 3D experience, see far more detailed maps and even zoom in for a street-level 360-degree panoramic view called Look Around.  Maps will also enable users to create favorites and collections of must-have, must-see locations.

Camera and Photos also receive attention in iOS 13, giving you faster access to effects and letting you apply them to videos.  An all-new Photos tab delivers a curated view of your best moments from every day, month and year.  New image editing tools allow more detailed filtering and fine tuning.  New video editing tools allow rotation, crop and auto enhance — even on videos taken in the wrong orientation.

Additional enhancements include full text formatting in Mail; shared folders in Notes; SMB sharing in Files; iCloud Drive folder sharing; and support for USB thumb drives.  That last item may be more valuable to you than you think!

iOS 13 means some iPhone devices will fall off the map in terms of support.  iOS 13 will leave the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and SE as the oldest iPhone models supported, along with just the newest iPod touch®.


Wired Magazine claims iPadOS isn’t just a name, but a new direction for Apple.

What does that mean?  It means, says Wired, with the iPad getting its own native operating system this fall, it represents a pivotal moment when the iPad will no longer run iOS, no longer be just a giant iPhone, no longer be more mobile device than computer.  So there.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s software chief, succinctly put it in different terms.  “The time has come to recognize the platform in a special way,” he said.

iPadOS, when introduced, will lean on its differentiators, provide iPad-only features and deliver a truly distinct user experience.  

With Slide Over and Split View, iPadOS enhances user multitasking.  You can switch between apps in a Slide Over view, open multiple windows from the same app in Split View, work with the same app across multiple spaces and use App Exposé to navigate among your app combinations.  It takes workflows to another level by allowing you to work in more intuitive ways.

In iPadOS, a new Home screen holds more icons in a tighter grid, makes more apps visible when needed and allows you to pin Today View widgets on the side of the screen.  

Apple Pencil® gets better.  Now with even lower latency, writing with the tool feels more like writing on paper.  And with Apple Pencil, you can now access a new set of tools in a redesigned palette you can shrink or move anywhere.

iPad even gets full-featured font management, and you’ll be able to buy fonts from the App Store®.  Users can now align fonts to projects by installing and managing custom fonts to use exclusively with favorite apps.

Plus, In iPadOS, Safari® will be able to support complex Web apps like Google Docs, Squarespace and WordPress, and it gains a download manager that lets you download files into the redesigned Files app.  

iPadOS strengthens the iPad’s productivity capabilities and pushes it even closer to replacing the notebook computer.  And if you are a developer, you are no longer building an iOS app for iPad, you are creating it for iPadOS.  It all helps to further distance iPad from a hand-held mobile device that doubles as a phone.

iPadOS won’t work on many older iPad models, though it is compatible with all iPad Pro® models, the fifth- and sixth-generation iPad, the iPad mini® 4, fifth-generation iPad mini, the iPad Air® 2 and third-generation iPad Air.  

When iOS 13 and iPadOS are released, please remember CranstonIT’s Golden Rule — wait before you download.  If you don’t want your new iPhone or iPad to mysteriously turn into a brick, let our technicians do the initial test drives.  We are invested in the success of your company’s IT environment, and we don’t want potentially buggy downloads to compromise its performance.  For more information on these Apple OS announcements, please contact CranstonIT at 888-813-5558 or support@cranstonit.com