According to a new report from Mark Gurman for Bloomberg, Apple is developing some major improvements for the iPad home screen as part of the next major operating system, iOS and iPadOS 15.
This includes adding widgets to the iPad home screen, just like widgets with iOS 14 on the iPhone home screen. The report calls this the biggest change to the iPad’s home screen ever. iPhone users will benefit from an ‘updated’ lock screen user interface.
More details about the redesigned iPad home screen are not disclosed. However, iPad users anticipated a major overhaul of the iPad software after the release of the latest generation of iPad Pros.
The new iPad Pro with M1 has a lot of computing power, but the operating system remains limited in important areas such as efficient app multitasking. A new home screen system allows users to make the most of Apple’s latest devices.
With the new notification features, users can adjust notification preferences according to the current activity: such as driving, working, sleeping or other categories. For example, the iPhone can be set to make sound only when the user is not working. A smarter automatic response system for notifications is also under development.
In keeping with Apple’s continued focus on privacy and security, the report says iOS 15 will also include new warnings to let users know when apps are secretly collecting data about them.
Apple is expected to unveil iOS 15 at the annual WWDC conference, starting June 7. The company would also be working on new features for iMessage that would compete more closely with WhatsApp, but Bloomberg describes this project as early development and may not make the cut for iOS 15.
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