While unveiling iOS 12 during its opening WWDC 2018 keynote, Apple did not talk much iPad-focused improvements. With iOS 11 already being a major iPad-centric update, it was understandable that iOS 12 was going to be light on features for the tablet. However, there was no mention from Apple at all about the iPad during iOS 12 announcement. But if you go through the feature list of iOS 12, you’d notice Apple has added one major iPad-centric update in the OS.
With iOS 12, Apple is updating the gesture navigation on iPad to make it easier for users to navigate around the tablet. Firstly, it is now making it easier to go to the home screen by swiping anywhere on the dock. In iOS 11, one could go back to the home screen using a five-finger zoom out gesture. Similarly, Apple is making it easier to access the Control Center by allowing users to bring it on the iPad by swiping down from the top-right corner of the display.
iOS 12 for iPad includes updated gestures that make it easier to navigate. You can now go to the Home screen by swiping anywhere on the Dock. Get to Control Center more conveniently with a swipe from the top-right corner.
Apple first debuted these gestures with the iPhone X last year. By bringing them to the iPad, the company is just ensuring that the same set of gestures work across all its devices. It is also possible that these gestures hint at Apple unveiling a new iPad later this year without a home button and Face ID as rumors have been indicating.