iPadOS 16 makes iPads more like laptops

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App resizing and repositioning are rumoured to be supported in iPadOS 16.

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Just a few days before Apple’s WWDC 2022 event, it’s widely expected that iPadOS 16 will be reworked to make the tablet experience more like that of a laptop running macOS or Windows.

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the new tablet operating system will include multitasking features that are similar to those on a Mac, such as floating, windowed apps.

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Users will be able to see which apps are currently active and swiftly move between them, Gurman claims. The ability to resize app windows is also expected to be available.

More flexibility

A split-screen view called Split View and a stiff floating app view called Slide Over are currently available for multitasking on the iPadOS. Apple appears to want to go even further with these, despite the fact that they work quite well.

The latest and most costly iPads are powered by the same M1 chip found in Macs, making them even more powerful than their iPhone counterparts. Already, these tablets resemble laptops more than phones.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is likely to unveil new versions of iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS at Monday’s Worldwide Developers Conference, as well as all of the improvements we’ve discussed in iPadOS.

Analysis: what’s a computer?

While Apple has always touted the iPad as a laptop replacement, it now appears to be taking things a step further by promoting its tablets as fully functional PCs that can be taken anywhere.

The iPads are light, portable, speedy, and have a wide range of accessories. A touchscreen is also included, whereas Mac and MacBook PCs do not. There’s a lot of promise here if the internal components are of the highest quality.

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Apple’s iPad has frustrated power users since it can’t do everything a laptop can, but the next release of iPadOS 16 could change that. The ability to move windows around and switch between apps like on Mac OS is a huge plus.

What really is a computer? As Apple’s own silicon and software improvements continue to be added to iPads, we may once again be asked: What truly is a computer?

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