Apple Reveals iPadOS 18 with Floating Tab Bar, and More

iPadOS 18

Apple today introduced iPadOS 18, a significant update for the iPad’s operating system, featuring a new Calculator app, a revamped systemwide tab bar, and additional enhancements.

iPadOS 18 incorporates many of the new features and improvements from iOS 18, including the redesigned Photos app and new Home Screen customization options, tailored specifically for the ‌iPad‌.

Innovative Floating Tab Bar and Document Browser

The new iPadOS 18 includes a floating tab bar that seamlessly transitions into the navigation sidebar. This customizable tab bar allows users to keep their favorite items easily accessible and is integrated throughout the system. Additionally, a new document browser is available in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.

Introducing the Calculator App and Math Notes in iPadOS 18

For the first time, iPadOS 18 brings the Calculator app to the ‌iPad‌, complete with features such as history and unit conversions. The new Math Notes feature allows users to solve equations by writing with the Apple Pencil.

With Math Notes, users can hand-write expressions and see the answers automatically calculated, displayed in handwriting that mimics their own. This feature supports both basic and scientific math, saves notes for later use, and allows for variable manipulation to solve algebraic equations, with real-time updates and graph generation.

iPadOS 18: Enhanced Notes Application

The Notes app in iPadOS inherits the same math capabilities from the Calculator app. It also introduces Smart Script, which improves handwriting as users write.

Upgraded SharePlay and User Interface Animations

SharePlay in iPadOS 18 now lets users tap and draw on the screen during a sharing session, and even remotely control another user’s ‌iPad‌ or iPhone.

This update also includes refined UI animations, making interactions feel more responsive. New APIs are available for developers to leverage these animations in their apps.

iPad OS 18: Availability

The first developer beta of the newest operating system is available starting today, with a public beta coming in July and a full release expected in the fall.

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