Apple announces iPadOS 16 with new multitasking interface, benchmark mode, weather app, and more

Apple just announced the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models at its WWDC 2022 event. The new Macs are coming with an all-new M2 SoC for improved performance and battery life. Besides hardware, Apple also announced iOS 16 with a host of forward-facing improvements to the lock screen, notifications, and more. Another major update announced by Apple is iPadOS 16, which comes with multitasking features. Scroll down to read more details on the subject.

Apple announces iPadOS 16 with a wide range of apps, a new multitasking interface, benchmark mode and more

iOS 16 is a major update considering how many changes it brings to the table. Likewise, iPadOS 16 brings improved multitasking tools to the platform, which will bring the iPad much closer to the Mac. Let’s start by discussing apps. The Weather app is finally coming to the iPad, and developers will soon receive a weather API to bolster their support in the app.

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iPadOS 16 announced with new multitasking interface, apps, and more

Apple is also bringing new collaboration features that will work with iOS as well as macOS. This will make it easier for users to share documents and files with the people you work with. The new Freeform app is coming to iPadOS 16 later this year and looks like a whiteboard for multiple people to share and collaborate on. A live slider will detail where people are working and it will also support photo, video and audio documents as well as web links.

iPadOS 16 announced with new multitasking interface, apps, and more

iPadOS 16 also brings new features to Game Center with an Activity section so you can see what your friends are playing. In a future update, iPadOS 16 will allow you to use SharePlay while playing games. To be fair, the iPad has received a long overdue update that brings it closer to the Mac. A new benchmark mode will provide a consistent workflow across all Apple devices if you use your iPad as a secondary display for your laptop or desktop.

Under the hood, iPadOS 16 supports virtual memory swapping on iPad M1 models, allowing apps to use up to 16GB of memory. With the new addition, iPadOS 16 improves the multitasking experience with Stage Manager. Stage Manager is also available in macOS 13 and only shows the proximity of the two platforms. You can simply drag and drop apps onto the screen for increased productivity. It also works in external displays.

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iPadOS 16 announced with new multitasking interface, apps, and more

iPadOS 16 also gives you the option to view folder size in the Files app. The company says new desktop apps are coming to the iPad soon. Another big addition is the ability to resize windows and move them around for better focus. Basically, you can open multiple apps simultaneously. We’ve heard many times in the past that Apple will introduce new multitasking features and that WWDC 2022 will put an end to them. You can check more details here.

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The iPadOS 16 beta is ready to download now: