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iPadOS 18 is Apple’s upcoming operating system for iPad models. After offering several design changes and a focus on health in iPadOS 17, Apple is focusing on Apple Intelligence, an improved home screen and other changes. Here’s everything we know about the iPad 18 so far.

iPad Features 18

iPadOS 18 has several features available in iOS 18. Still, Apple has focused on some new tricks for the iPad, using the Apple Pencil. While we wanted exclusive features for the iPad M4 Pro, most features are available on most iPads.

The new Calculator app is now available

It took Apple 14 years to release the Calculator app on the iPad. At first glance, it looks similar to Apple’s Calculator app. However, it brings something completely new Math notes a feature that allows users to type or write down math expressions and instantly check their solution in handwriting.

They can also assign values ​​to variables when learning new concepts in class, calculating a budget, and more. With the new graphing feature, users can write or type an equation and insert a graph with one tap. They can even add multiple equations to the chart to see how they are related. Math notes are automatically available in the Notes app in the new Math Notes folder.

Smart script

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With the help of Apple Pencil Smart script makes handwritten notes smoother and easier to read. Smart Script enables users to write quickly without losing readability by smoothing and straightening handwritten text in real time. It makes editing handwritten text as easy as editing typewritten text. With Apple Pencil, users can easily add spaces, delete sentences, and even paste typed text in their own handwriting, and the paragraph will automatically adapt to the new content.

The Notes app it also makes improvements to the written text. For added convenience, users can now organize the content of their notes by collapsing sections under headings or subheadings. For information that needs to stand out, you can choose from five new text highlight colors.

Home screen redesign

iPadOS 18 home screen redesignImage source: Apple Inc.

Apple has finally taken personalization to a new level. Now applications can be organized in any waywhich means they can be placed anywhere. App icons and widgets can take on a new look thanks to dark or dim effectand users can do it Apps seem bigger to create the perfect experience.

At last, The control center has been redesigned. Users can create new widget groups for home control, connectivity and music listening, as well as reorganize widget locations. The new gallery of controls displays the full set of available options, and users can customize the layout of controls, including adjusting them to the perfect size and creating entirely new groups.

The Photos app is getting its biggest overhaul yet

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Apple has an ambitious plan for the Photos app in iPadOS 18. With the redesign, Apple wants to make it easier for users to find and experience special moments. WITH single view displayoffers new collections to help users browse by topic without having to organize content into albums.

Collections can be pinned for easy access to your favorites. New carousel view presents highlights that are updated daily and feature your favorite people, animals, places and more. Apple says autoplaying content in the app brings libraries to life “so you can enjoy past moments while browsing.”

The Passwords app and new ways to stay safe

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The new Keychain-based Passwords app makes it easier for users to access passwords, keys, Wi-Fi passwords and verification codes.

Additionally, Apple has released new features that allow users block and hide apps. When an app is locked or hidden, content such as messages and emails in the app is hidden from searches, notifications, and other places on your system. Users can only unlock it using Face ID and Touch ID.

Even more awaits you in iPadOS 18

  • SharePlay gets even better with advanced screen sharing updates. Users can touch and draw on the screen to indicate what to do;
  • WITH Any formusers can create scenes to organize sections of the board by topic or easily present content by moving quickly;
  • Gambling becomes even more immersive with features like Game Mode and personalized surround sound that put players right in the middle of the action in upcoming titles like Assassin’s Creed Shadows and RESIDENT EVIL 7 biohazard;
  • Calendar becomes more helpful by showing both events and tasks from Reminders. Users can create, edit and complete reminders directly in Calendar;
  • Reminders Get new tools including the ability to view, create and edit directly in the Calendar app, access your recently deleted list, and find subtasks in smart lists for quick use.

The most important features of Apple Intelligence in iPadOS 18

Apple Intelligence works on iPhone, iPad and Mac.
Apple Intelligence works on iPhone, iPad and Mac. Image source: Apple Inc. Image source: Apple Inc.

Available to users of the iPad Air M1, iPad M1 Pro or later, Apple will offer Apple Intelligence, which is built-in artificial intelligence for “privacy from the ground up.” Here are the main features:

  • Writing tools: Users can rewrite, revise, and summarize text almost anywhere they write, including Mail, Notes, Pages, and third-party apps;
  • Picture Playground: Users can create fun images in seconds by selecting an animation, illustration or sketch. This app is built right into apps like Messages and is also available in a dedicated app;
  • Memories in photos: Users can create the stories they want to watch by simply entering a description. Apple Intelligence will select the best photos and videos based on descriptions, create a storyline from chapters based on themes identified in the photos, and arrange them into a video with its own narrative thread;
  • Cleaning Tool: This feature of the Photos app can identify and remove distracting objects in the background of your photo without accidentally changing the subject;
  • Siri: Users can write to Siri and switch between text and voice to communicate with Siri in whatever way she sees fit at the time.
  • ChatGPT Integration: If you feel that Apple Intelligence is not enough, you can allow ChatGPT to access typing tools and other features for better response

iPadOS 18 features will be available later

Some features may take longer to become available.

Mail is getting smarter

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Later this year, Mail will introduce new ways for users to manage their inboxes. On-device categorization organizes and sorts incoming emails into Basic for personal and time-sensitive emails, Transactions for receipts and confirmations, Updates for social news and notifications, and Promotions for marketing emails and coupons. Mail also offers a new summary view that aggregates all relevant emails from a company, allowing users to quickly find what’s important at the moment.

New emoticons

New emojis in iOS 17.4Image credit: José Adorno for BGR

During each iPadOS cycle, Apple always adds new emojis. Although they do not appear with the first major update, the company makes them available during the life cycle of the latest operating system, most likely in version x.4 of this system.

We already have an idea what emojis will appear in iPadOS 18 early next year.

Accessibility features in iPadOS 18 have already been confirmed by Apple

Accessibility in iOS 18 includes iPadOS

Before Apple unveiled iPadOS 18 during its WWDC 2024 keynote, the company had already previewed several accessibility features coming later this year for iPad users. Here are the three main features:

Eye tracking: The AI-powered Eye Tracking feature gives users a built-in option to navigate their iPad and iPhone with just their eyes. Designed for users with physical disabilities, Eye Tracking uses the front camera to setup and calibrate in seconds, and thanks to on-device machine learning, all data used to configure and control this feature is stored securely on the device and is not shared with Apple.

Wide speech range: With Voice Shortcuts, iPhone and iPad users can assign custom phrases that Siri can understand to launch shortcuts and complete complex tasks. Listen for unusual speech is another new feature that gives users the ability to improve speech recognition for a wider range of speech.

Vehicle movement signals: Vehicle Motion Cues is a new solution for iPhone and iPad that can help reduce motion sickness in passengers of moving vehicles. With vehicle movement cues, animated dots on the edges of the screen represent changes in vehicle movement to help reduce sensory conflict without interrupting the main content.

iPadOS 18 release date

The official release date of iPadOS 18.0 is likely to fall in the fall, around the launch of the iPhone 16.

Supported devices

Apple iPad lineup for March 2022
Apple iPad lineup for March 2022. Image source: Apple Inc. Image source: Apple Inc.

With iPadOS 17, Apple cut the iPad 5 and first-generation iPad Pro for this operating system. With iPadOS 18, Cupertino has removed even more iPad models. Here are the tablets that will be able to download the upcoming system update:

  • iPad Pro (2018 or later)
  • iPad Air 3 or later
  • iPad mini 5 or newer
  • iPad 7th generation or newer

iPadOS 18 official download

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iPadOS 18 isn’t officially available yet, so you can’t download it yet.

Can I download the iPadOS 18 beta?

The first developer beta is now available for iPad users. Apple is expected to release a public beta in July, with an official launch later this fall. Below are the steps to download the iPadOS 18 beta.

  • On your iPad, open the Settings app
  • Tap on General and Software Update
  • Tap on Beta Updates and enable the iPOS 18 developer beta

How to download the iPadOS 18 public beta?

You can not. However, once it is available, you will need to register your ID for the Apple Beta Software Program. Then follow these steps:

  • open Settings;
  • Go to GeneralThen Software update;
  • IN Beta updatesto choose iPad 18 public beta;
  • Download the public beta.