Tuesday 16 July 2019

iPadOS / iOS 13

I went into the office during my holidays to install the public beta of iPadOS on the test iPad I keep around and had an initial play with it. Since then I have upgraded to Beta 2 and already there have been some nice improvements. So far my initial impressions are that there seems to be quite a few nice additions - I had been reading about them for the past few weeks but it was quite nice to finally get my hands dirty and test it for myself.

I think one of the best features is the new floating keyboard - you can detach the keyboard by pinching it with 2 fingers and then move a smaller version anywhere on the screen. You can also use glide typing in this mode, and for an old school Android guy, this is truly a welcome addition.

I am also looking forward to seeing how the new SMB integration will work in the files app. So far, it seems as though you would need your IT department's help to set all this up initially. For a school that has a lot of Windows machines and uses Office on desktops, this would be quite a welcome addition I'm sure.

At this point though, I can't say that I would be rushing to install it on all our iPad devices as soon as it is released sometime in September, but as it matures and little bugs are ironed out, I am sure it will be a nice step up.

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