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iPadOS 16 brings multitasking features, weather app and more

At WWDC 2022, Apple announced iPadOS 16, the latest iteration of the company’s tablet operating system. Some of the new OS updates include Stage Manager and full external display support, new ways to collaborate with Messages, Mail, and Safari updates, and professional features like reference and display zoom. Here are some of the major updates.

iPadOS 16: Stage Manager and full external display support

Stage Manager is a new multitasking tool that automatically organizes applications and windows, making it easy to switch between tasks. Users can now create overlapping windows of different sizes in a single view. They can also drag and drop side windows or open apps from the Dock to create app groups. The application window that users are working on is displayed prominently in the center.

Stage Manager will be available on the iPad Pro and iPad Air with the M1 chip and will unlock full external display support with resolutions up to 6k. This means that users will be able to organize a personalized workspace with up to four apps on the iPad and four apps on the external display.

iPadOS 16: weather app

The iPad gets the Weather app, designed to take full advantage of the device’s large screen. In addition to being able to see the most important weather information, users can also be notified when a severe weather alert is issued in their area or check the air quality using a color-coded scale.

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iPadOS 16: Freeform real-time collaboration tool

Apple announced Freeform, which is a new collaboration tool with a flexible canvas that will give users the ability to see, share, and collaborate with others, regardless of page layouts and sizes. It fully supports the Apple Pencil. Freeform is coming to iPad OS 15 later this year. This will also allow collaborators to start a FaceTime session and see updates from others directly in the Messages thread.