Six features coming to iPadOS you may have missed

With iOS 13, Apple has finally differentiated the software for iPads by calling it iPadOS. It keeps the same number as iOS 13, but with so many more different features available on the iPad, Apple decided that it's finally time to make the distinction very apparent. That's why iPadOS 13 now exists, and it's a version of iOS 13 that is just specially geared for iPads only, rather than iPhones and iPod touches.

We covered a few of the biggest new features that are coming in iPadOS, but what about some of the smaller, less known ones? Let's take a look at what you may have missed from the keynote.

Apple Pencil improvements

iPadOS apple pencil

It was somewhat glossed over, but there are some nice Apple Pencil improvements coming in iPadOS.

The Apple Pencil will feature lower latency, so it'll feel even more like writing on paper. There will be a pixel eraser for more accurate erasing, as well as a ruler for more straight lines. You can take screenshots with Apple Pencil by dragging it from either bottom corner. And with full page screenshots, you can capture entire documents, email, or web pages and mark them up with Apple Pencil.

Floating keyboard

iPadOS Floating Keyboard

While a lot of the hype with the new iOS 13 keyboard is the QuickPath Typing (swipe typing), the floating keyboard is only available on the iPad. With this, you can pinch the keyboard to shrink the size of it and move it wherever you want on the screen. This makes it possible to type while still seeing a lot of the screen when you need to.

Nondestructive video editing

Another big feature that is in iOS 13 as a whole is video editing. Now, you'll be able to use all of your normal tools that are available for photo editing, but for videos. Yes, that even means rotating your vertical videos.

But if you're worried about ruining the original video, don't worry—it's all nondestructive. This means you can undo any effect or even a trim, which results in reverting the video back to its original state.

Safari download manager

iPadOS Safari download manager

It isn't that small of a feature, but Safari did get a few nice improvements that need a bit more reiterating. Not only will it have desktop browsing capabilities, but it now has its own download manager, which is huge. This means you can download any file from Safari, whether it's multimedia, documents, zip folders, or whatever. It will download directly from Safari and go into a "Downloads" folder in Files.

App Exposé

iPadOS app expose

iPadOS brings us awesome new features like multiple Slide Over apps, same apps in multiple spaces, and easy ways to navigate through all of our open apps, either in Spaces or Slide Over. But what if you want to see all of your open windows for an app? That's when App Exposé comes in, and it's activated by just tapping the app icon in the Dock. You'll see all of the active windows for it in a single glance.

Console controller support

WWDC 2019 Apple PlayStation controller support

During the keynote, it was brought up during the brief tvOS portion that there would be support for PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controllers, as well as Xbox One S controllers. It wasn't explicitly stated on stage that support for these controllers will be in iOS 13 or iPadOS, but they are! It's a nice surprise, and will make your iPad feel more like a viable gaming system.

What are you looking forward to in iPadOS?

These are a few of the smaller features and improvements that are coming to iPadOS. We're quite excited for it, and can't wait to try these out!

What are you looking forward to the most in iPadOS? Let us know in the comments!

Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.

4 Comments
  • Apparently there's also mouse support (via Assisted Touch). Is this confirmed?
  • There is mouse support (in the developer beta). It's called "Pointing Devices," and works with mice and some trackpads. Remember, this is still the developer beta, though. Things may change by the time it launches for the public.
  • There’s a lot of stuff that was announced that seems to be deja vu. The floating keyboard I seem to remember from years and years back for some reason, so I think that used to be a feature that disappeared in a much earlier iOS update. And the swipe keyboard was a third party keyboard announced alongside iOS 5, even though it was third party, it was still in the keynote... and maps support on CarPlay? I could have sworn I’ve been using it for years now...
  • We've had custom keyboards for a while, which has allowed people to download swipe-keyboards, but I never found the word prediction good enough, I would imagine Apple has been working on this for a while and should be better than any other swipe keyboards currently available. I never heard anything about "maps support" in the keynote, only that CarPlay now shows a "mini" map of where you currently are on the main screen, the third-party map support was in last year's keynote.