Apple iPadOS: A cheat sheet (free PDF)

Since the launch of the first-generation iPad in 2010, Apple has dominated the tablet market. Originally launching with iPhone OS 3.2, the first-generation 9.7” iPad was architecturally akin to a large iPhone. With successive models, Apple has differentiated the iPad from the iPhone by adding support for input methods such as the Apple Pencil, and different screen sizes, such as the 7.9” iPad Mini, and the 10.5”, 11”, and 12.9” iPad Pro.

As the iPad product lineup has expanded into a wholly separate product category, Apple announced at its 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that it has rebranded iOS for iPad as “iPadOS” (starting with iOS 13) to highlight and target the features that differentiate the iPad from other devices. This follows Apple’s naming trend of watchOS for Apple Watch, and tvOS for Apple TV.

TechRepublic’s cheat sheet for iPadOS is a quick overview to how iPadOS differs from iOS, as well as a “living” guide which will be updated periodically as new information becomes available.

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For the release of iOS 13, Apple is rebranding the variant of iOS for the iPad as iPadOS, effectively as a rebranding of iOS: iPadOS inherits all of the improvements coming to iOS 13, and includes new features and optimizations specific to the iPad.

“It’s become a truly distinct experience,” Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering, told CNET in an exclusive interview about iPadOS. “It’s not an iPhone experience. It’s not a Mac experience. The name is a recognition of that.”

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