At Apple World Wide Developers Conference this week, The company introduced iPadOS 16, its latest operating system for its line of tablets. And the newly introduced features are clearly focused on improving tasks for business users working on the top-end M1-powered tablets.
The company announced enhanced collaboration with the new Freeform app, which will provide employees with a place to collaborate. And Stage Manager, available exclusively for M1 tablets, enables resizable windows, faster access to windows and apps, overlapping windows for better control of your workspace, and app grouping for easier handling of multiple tasks.
“(The) iPad is our most versatile device, and we look forward to expanding its capabilities even further with iPadOS 16,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering. “Users can do even more with Stage Manager, which takes multitasking on iPad to a whole new level, plus new ways to share and collaborate via Messages, Safari and the new Freeform app, plus new pro features like reference mode and display zoom get made on the iPad.”
Addigy founder Jason Dettbard told CRN that PassKeys, a new password-free security feature of iPadOS 16, will be a huge benefit for MSPs and others in the IT channel. “The technology will help lead the market with the highest security standards for businesses,” he said.
Apple was the world’s leading tablet manufacturer in 2021 with a 34.2 percent market share and 57.8 million units shipped. according to research firm IDC. As the consumer tech market begins to cool, Apple and others have focused on the still-growing business market.
Here are six big upgrades business users can look forward to for iPadOS 16:
New sharing and connecting features in Messages
Messages gets a boost with iPadOS 16, making it easier to collaborate and manage shared content across Files, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, Notes, Reminders, Safari and third-party apps. When users send a collaboration invitation via Messages, all thread participants are automatically added to the document, spreadsheet, or project. Changes to shared files can be immediately reflected as an update at the top of the message thread. And when users are working on collaborative projects, they can easily join linked messages or just tap to start FaceTime with other collaborators.
Users can collaborate with Freeform in real time
The new Freeform collaboration app allows users to view, share and collaborate in one place without worrying about layouts and page sizes – and the app offers full Apple Pencil support. Freeform will come to iPadOS 16 later this year, the company said.
Email gets a boost with new smart tools
Apple is focusing on productivity features with its latest OS release. Email users now have a moment to cancel delivery of a message before it reaches a recipient’s inbox, schedule emails to be sent at the perfect moment, and move sent emails to the top of their inbox, to quickly send a follow-up message. Messages can be revisited at any time with Remind Later, and users can be notified if they forgot to include an important part of the message, such as the end of the day. B. an attachment or a recipient. In addition, the all-new search experience corrects typos and uses synonyms for the search terms and allows users to view more contacts and shared content.
Safari gets better collaboration and security features
Apple’s flagship browser, Safari, allows for more collaboration, customization and security, the company said. Shared Tab Groups allow users to collaborate with friends on a set of tabs and instantly see updates while collaborating, share tabs and bookmarks, and start a conversation right from the browser. Tab groups now have dedicated home pages that can be customized with a background image, bookmarks, and unique sections that all collaborators can see and edit.
Safari is secured with Passkeys, which Apple touts as a simpler and more secure sign-in method that aims to replace passwords on the web and in apps. Passkeys are stored on the iPad and are specific to the selected website. Because passkeys are unique digital keys that stay on the device and are never stored on a web server, hackers can’t reveal them or trick users into sharing them, Apple said. Users can log into websites or apps on Apple and non-Apple devices with their saved passkey by scanning the QR code with iPad and authenticating with Face ID or Touch ID.
New features for creative professionals to improve workflows
In reference mode, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Liquid Retina XDR display can meet color needs in workflows – a huge benefit for developers to get consistent color grading and compositions. Display Zoom now allows users to increase the pixel density of the display so they can see more in their apps, which is especially useful when using Split View, Apple said. With Virtual Memory Swap, iPad memory can be used to expand the memory available for all apps, delivering up to 16 gigabytes of storage for the most demanding apps.
Multitasking with Stage Manager and full external display support
State Manager is a new multitasking experience that automatically organizes apps and windows so you can switch between tasks quickly and easily. Users can create overlapping windows of different sizes in a single view, drag and drop windows from the side, or open apps from the dock to create app groups for faster and more flexible multitasking.