PadOS is the version of iOS that runs on Apple’s iPads. Apple in June 2020 introduced iPadOS 14, the version of iOS 14 that’s designed to run on iPads. “This week marks the 25th anniversary of Apple’s first notebook; through the years each generation has introduced new innovations and capabilities, and it’s fitting that this all-new generation of MacBook Pro is the biggest leap forward yet,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. Expanded APFS support – In macOS Mojave, the Apple File System introduced in macOS High Sierra works with Fusion Drives and traditional hard drives. Other rumors have suggested that Apple is working on an OLED iPad set to launch in early 2022. The first iPad expected to adopt an OLED display is said to be a 10.9-inch model, presumed to be an updated version of the iPad Air, but Apple is also reportedly considering using OLED for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Korea’s ETNews has suggested that “some” iPad models will adopt OLED technology in 2022. The report does not specify that these iPads will be iPad Pro models, but candidates include the iPad Air and perhaps the iPad Pro. These smaller components will enable the slimmed down notch in the iPhone 13, and may also bring iPad changes in the future.
In addition, DigiTimes’ sources claim that the iPhone 13 series will “continue to use the 7P lens module” used in last year’s iPhones. Future iPhones and iPads will be equipped with smaller VCSEL Face ID scanner chips, which will help Apple cut production costs and will also result in smaller notch designs. Face ID uses infrared, so it works in low light and in the dark, with a built-in Flood Illuminator making sure there’s always adequate light to take a facial scan. The watchOS 7.5 software update released this week includes a new Pride Woven watch face that matches the design of the Pride Edition Braided Solo Loop. Since its 2015 debut, tvOS has seen few changes to its overall design and layout, but a few new features have launched. PadOS 14 includes almost all of the same features available in iOS 14 such as the redesigned interfaces for Siri and incoming calls, widget redesigns, updated Maps app, changes to Messages, and more, so for a complete look at the new iPad features, make sure to check out our iOS 14 roundup. Apple offers the Magic Keyboard to accompany the iPad Pro, which is a folio-style case that features a full backlit keyboard and a trackpad.
Apple has previously been rumored to be in talks with Samsung over OLED displays for future iPad Pro models. Adding Touch ID and a camera would certainly present a major upgrade from current Apple Watch models. One rumor from Korean site The Elec suggests Apple will introduce an iPad Pro with an OLED display in late 2021. Given that Apple probably doesn’t want to make a major shift in technology twice in one year, this could potentially be a rumor that reflects Apple’s efforts exploring both display technologies. One of Apple’s major focuses for the Apple Watch is fitness, and watchOS 5, like previous versions of watchOS, introduces new activity and workout functionality to motivate you to move more and to better track your fitness activities. The iPad Air 2 also performed better in single-core benchmarks, coming in at 13 percent faster than the iPhone 6’s A8 thanks to 100 MHz speed improvement. OLED displays could bring benefits like increased brightness, deeper blacks, better contrast, faster response times, and sharper colors, as well as thinner devices since OLED panels are slimmer than LCDs. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo clarified that mini-LED display technology will remain exclusive to the iPad Pro while the iPad Air transitions to an OLED display in 2022, mirroring DigiTimes’ claim that a 10.9-inch OLED iPad will be released next year.
Apple also offers the standard Smart Keyboard Folio for the 2021 iPad Pro models as a lower-cost alternative to the Magic Keyboard, without backlighting, trackpad, or scissor-mechanism. Pressure support allows thinner and thicker lines to be drawn by increasing the amount of pressure on the iPad’s screen, and side nib detection allows for shading when the Apple Pencil is tilted. The Apple Pencil works across the iPad Pro, with first and third-party apps, though it is designed primarily for use in writing and sketching apps. There is one new addition, which is directly related to Touch ID and the iPad mini 3’s ability to support in-app Apple Pay payments. A New Apple Pencil? Images purportedly of a next-generation Apple Pencil surfaced in March, followed by a brief video in April, with a design that is similar to the current Apple Pencil but with a glossy finish. When not in use, the keyboard’s folio-style design keeps the iPad Pro safe, covering the front and back of the iPad.