Apple Releases iPadOS with Widget Support, Improved Safari, Dark Mode, More


Alongside iOS 13.1, Apple today also released iPadOS to the public. This is the first release of iPadOS and it comes with a number of new features.

iPadOS brings some major multitasking improvements including the ability to run multiple instances of the same app, enhanced Slide Over experience, and App Expose.

Below is a look at some of the key new iPadOS features:

Dark Mode

iPadOS 13 Settings App Dark Mode

You’re going to love the new dark mode in iPadOS 13. It instantly flips the color scheme, giving you a true back background and white text. Not only is it easy on the eyes, but it also helps with the battery life.

To toggle dark mode, open Control Center, and tap and hold on the Brightness bar. In the bottom-left corner, you’ll see a new Dark Mode toggle. Tap on it to switch to the Dark mode.

Widgets on Home Screen

iPadOS New Home Screen

You can now view widgets directly on the Home screen and pin them to the Home screen as well. When you’re in the Home screen, swipe right to reveal the widgets. To pin then, swipe to the bottom of the Today View panel and tap on Edit. Then turn on the toggle next to Keep on Home Screen.

Open Multiple Windows of Same App on iPad

You can now open multiple windows or instances of the same app. It can be on a new screen or in split view. If an app support it, just tap on a section of an app (like a note or a mail), drag it out of the app and to the right edge of the screen.

Then release your finger to create another window of the same app. If you want to open the window full screen, take the finger to the top of the page and then release it.

Open Multiple Apps in Slide Over

To open multiple apps in Slide Over, first, bring forth a floating Slide Over panel, enable the Dock and then drag an app icon over the Slide Over window that’s currently open. You can cycle between open windows by swiping left/right on the little Home bar below the Slide Over panel.

See All Instances Of a Single App Together

Apple has brought the App Expose feature to the iPad so you can see app open windows from the current app in one screen and you can quit any windows if needed. When the app is open, bring up the Dock and tap on the app icon to see app open windows together. Swipe up to close a particular app instance.

You can read more about the new iPadOS features here.

iPads Compatible with iPadOS 13

iPadOS is compatible with the following iPads:

  • iPad Air 3
  • 2018 iPad Pro
  • 2017 iPad Pro
  • 6th gen. iPad
  • 5th gen. iPad
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini 5
  • iPad mini 4

iPadOS is available as an OTA update for all compatible iPads. Just head over to Settings -> General -> Software Update to grab the update. Remember that since this is a big update, the download and installation process will take a fair bit of time.