IPadOS review: iOS 13 for iPad: what’s new, how to install and which tablets are supported?

At the WWDC-2019 conference, Apple announced the creation of its own standalone operating system for the iPad. Now instead of iOS, iPadOS will control the work of tablet companies.

This is a significant step in the evolution of such devices, because it separates tablets from fellow smartphones. Besides, This update will bring a number of new features and improvements. Tablets are one step closer to full-fledged computers, getting mouse and external drive support.

Craig Federigi, Apple senior vice president of software development, told:

«iPadOS has amazing features, including a new home screen with widgets, improved multitasking and new tools, which make using Apple Pencil even more natural».

Which iPads can I install iPadOS 13

iPadOS 13 supports the following Apple tablets:

  • 11 inch iPad Pro;
  • 12,9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation);
  • 10,5-inch iPad Pro;
  • 12,9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation);
  • iPad 5 (2017);
  • iPad 6 (2018);
  • iPad 7 (2019);
  • iPad mini 5;
  • iPad Air 3;
  • iPad mini 4;
  • iPad Air 2;
  • 9,7 inch iPad Pro;
  • 12,9-inch iPad Pro (1st generation).

How to download and install iPadOS 13 on iPad?

IPadOS 13 update available on iPad under Settings → The main → Software Update. If the update is not available on the tablet, then here are all possible reasons for solving. Besides, you can install iPadOS through iTunes on your computer (instruction), previously downloading the IPSW firmware files on this page.

All iOS 13 features included in iPadOS 13

iPadOS 13 has all the innovations of iOS 13 (overview), including dark theme, new photo and video editing tools, 3D Touch capabilities on all compatible iPads and much, much more.

iPad with iPadOS gets 3D Touch capabilities (Haptic Touch)

If you hold down the application icon on iPadOS, then this will bring up the same 3D Touch menu, as on the iPhone (in detail).

New home screen

The main screen of the tablets has been redesigned and received a new interface. It allows you to show more applications on each page. The Today section can be easily added to the home screen, providing quick access to widgets for instant information, including headings, the weather, the calendar, events, tips and much more. In order to add widgets directly to the main home screen, just swipe left to right.

New gestures for iPad

With the release of iPadOS, Apple began to emphasize the differences between the iPhone and iPad in interaction with the OS. One of the big differences is gestures and ​​multitasking. Many gestures on the iPad remain basically the same, as before, but there are a few innovations, which are worth paying attention to.

IPad Cursor Control

With the old cursor control method, iOS required, so that you hold it for a moment and after the appearance of the magnifying glass made movements. Starting with iPadOS, you can simply drag and drop the blinking cursor to any place without first holding.

To highlight a word or text, set the cursor at the beginning or end of the word and to 1,5-2 seconds hold your finger, and then start moving it.

How to select files, lists and t.d. iPad with two fingers

To highlight (of choice) items in Edit mode (only in this mode is it possible to select elements) with a gesture, swipe two files, list and t.d. two fingers up or down. iPadOS will switch to Edit mode and allow you to quickly select multiple items. This feature allows you to quickly and easily select long lists of notes or letters.

How to drag a photo, text and t.d. between apps on iPadOS

This gesture is not new in iPadOS 13, but this is one of the most useful gestures in the system. To use drag and drop, just select any text or click on a file or image and hold for 1-2 seconds. You will see, how an element comes off the application.

Once selected item «will be in the hand», using the other finger (or other hand) swipe up from the bottom of the screen, to open the home screen and tap the application icon, to which you want to drag an item. This can be very useful for transferring images to an email or for copying any text from Safari to Notes, etc.d.

How to copy, cut and paste using gestures in iPadOS

iPadOS Gets Copy Gesture Support, cutting and pasting.

To use gestures, highlight (select) text, Images, files and t.d. and select action:

Copy – pinch three fingers apart.


Cut out – pinch three fingers apart twice.

Embed – spread three fingers together.

How to: Undo or Redo using gestures on iPadOS

3 fingers swiping left or right across the screen, you can cancel or redo (respectively) previous action.

This feature makes these actions faster and less awkward, than shaking your device from previous versions of iOS, to cancel input or accidentally delete.

How to use multitasking with gestures in iPadOS

There are also several gestures for 4 and 5 fingers, which have existed in iOS for many years. Using 4 or 5 fingers, don’t swipe up the screen, to go to multitasking.

The multitasking panel can also be opened with a gesture from the bottom up with one finger to the middle of the screen.

Swipe left or right with four or five fingers, to navigate recently opened applications. Use 4 or 5 fingers and «pinch» any open application, to immediately return to the home screen.

New Slide Over Features

Slide Over iPadOS also got some minor changes. Now, in addition to the opportunity to open any (supported) application from the Dock in the left or right side of the screen, you can run multiple instances of the same application.

Moreover, IPadOS Slide Over Gets Own Multitasking Panel. In order to open it, pull up «home indicator» (line at the bottom of the slide over window).

In the multitasking panel that opens, using the right and left gestures, you can quickly switch between previously opened windows in Slide Over.

How to hide the slide over panel

In order to hide the Slide Over panel, simply slide it behind the screen with a gesture from left to right.

Safari browser on iPadOS gets Safari features from macOS

Safari Browser Will Become More Powerful on iPad, than he was before (in detail). iPadOS automatically displays the desktop version of sites, appropriately scaled for tablet display and optimized for touch operation. This will allow such popular applications, how Google Docs and WordPress work fine in Safari on iPad. The browser also supports important new features: download manager, 30 new keyboard shortcuts for an external keyboard and improved tab management.

External Drive Support

iPadOS allows you to connect absolutely any external storage medium to your tablet. It can be a regular flash drive, and portable hard drive and memory card in the adapter. No more searching for third-party software or purchasing MFI accessories. application «Files» copes with this task. And data is transferred to both sides without restriction. The built-in file manager also added support for ZIP archives. This will allow iPadOS to perform the same operations with them, as on the computer: unpacking and archiving.

IPad support mouse

iPadOS got another interesting feature – full mouse and trackpad support. Not many believed in the confirmation of such rumors. However, developers have already tested the beta version of the operating system. Control your tablet with the mouse conveniently in all applications, including third-party, installed from the App Store. Left click replaces touch, and the mouse wheel deals with scrolling. According to the developer, this option can be found in the AssistiveTouch section (in detail).

New virtual keyboard features in iPadOS

IPadOS Virtual Keyboard Gets New Space-Saving Floating Keyboard with QuickPath Support.

In order to activate the floating keyboard, press and hold the keyboard hide button until the menu appears, where you need to select Floating.

You can also go to the floating keyboard by moving your fingers on the left and right sides of the keyboard (simulating compression).

This mode supports quick input of QuickPath using gestures (without opening a finger).

You can move the floating keyboard anywhere on the screen by simply pulling the line from the bottom.

In order to return to the regular keyboard, just stretch the keyboard with two fingers in different directions.

Other changes in iPadOS

  • Many innovations from iOS 13.
  • Even more advanced Apple Pencil integration with reduced response latency and a modified tool palette.
  • Standard applications Calculator and Weather (will appear later).
  • System-wide dark mode.
  • Custom Fonts Downloadable from the App Store.
  • Faster Face ID, improved Maps application, Apple authorization and more.