Apple is releasing iPadOS to all compatible iPads today. After moving the release date up from September 30th, iPadOS brings some highly anticipated features to Apple’s tablet line. The most obvious one is the addition of widgets to the home screen. These can be displayed alongside the regular app icons, and it allows for a little more customization on what was previously a very static iPad home screen.
This is the first iteration of iPadOS, and it naturally includes many of the iOS 13 features you’d expect to see like dark mode, updates to Apple Maps, Photos, and Reminders, and even things like Xbox and PS4 controller support for iPads. Apple is also adding what it describes as “desktop-class” browsing to Safari, and tweaking its multitasking features. An updated Files app should also make it easier to manage files and photos on an iPad.
iPadOS is available now on an iPad Air 2 or later, an iPad Pro, a fifth-generation or later iPad, or iPad mini 4 or later. Alongside iPadOS, Apple is also releasing iOS 13.1 to compatible iPhone devices today, with some much-needed bug fixes, automated Siri Shortcut actions, a share ETA feature in Apple Maps, and data separation for enterprise devices. You can get iOS 13.1 or iPadOS from settings > general > software update. If you’re still on the public beta profile, you’ll need to remove this from your device to see iOS 13.1 or iPadOS.