Apple iPadOS 16 released: Key features you should know

Apple iPadOS 16 released: Key features you should know

Last week Apple launched the new range of iPad (10th generation) along with iPad Pro (6th generation). And the company announced to launch iPadOS 16 on October 24, with a whole host of new features to improve the iPad user experience.

As promised, Apple provided iPadOS 16 to all eligible iPads. It should be noted that the company timed the rollout just before the new iPads hit stores worldwide, just as it did for iPhones just before the iPhone 14 series was released in September.

The new iPadOS 16 comes with a new stage manager, undo send option in iMessage app, security check, direct text for videos and many more features.
Here are key features coming exclusive to iPads:

Free form: With this, users can host group video conferences and organize project meetings with a presentation sharing feature. Here, all invitees can brainstorm with colleagues, share a link and start working together immediately. As others add their thoughts, users can see changes on the canvas in real time.

Also, the previously used app will be visible right behind the one the users are working with. In this way, users do not lose track of their work.

The new iPadOS 16 has the Freeform feature. Credit: Apple

Seamless connection between Apple devices: Users can use the iPad Pro or iPad Air with the external display, with resolutions up to 6K, using Stage Manager.
The Weather app: For the first time, Apple brings the Weather app to iPads. As on iPhones, it will feature animations and beautiful full-screen maps.
Redesigned Game Center: It now has a better visual interface to show what the user’s friends are playing, their score and their achievements.

Family Sharing: With this feature, users can easily set up Apple devices to allow their children to control and set preferences for age-appropriate media, screen time, location sharing and more.

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Stage Manager: With this, users can multitask and get things done with ease. He/she can resize windows to look the way they want.

And for the first time on iPad, users will be able to view and operate multiple overlapping windows in a single view. With this, users can seamlessly switch between apps easier than ever before.

However, for the iPad models M1 and M2, Apple will release a separate update later this year, to unlock more possibilities for the Stage Manager function. Users will be able to connect their iPads to a full external display with resolutions up to 6K, allowing users to arrange the ideal workspace, working with up to four apps on the iPad and four apps on the external display at the same time.

The new iPadOS 16 brings the new Stage Manger feature to iPads. Credit: Apple

Other notable features
iCloud Shared Photo Library: With this feature, users can allow up to six family members to access photos in the group and also have the right to edit and edit photos anytime, anywhere. The camera app will also offer a direct save option to automatically move the photo to the shared library soon after the photo is taken.
Message Recall: With the new update, users will be able to retrieve a sent text, edit it, and then resend it as a new message. That’s not all; users can undo recently deleted messages and restore them.

New security check privacy feature: It is useful for users whose personal safety is at risk from domestic or intimate partner violence. He/she can quickly remove all access they have given to apps and accounts on the iPads/iPhones of others.

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With an emergency setting, users can also easily sign out of iCloud on all their other devices, reset privacy permissions, and limit messages to just the device in hand. It also helps users understand and manage which people and apps they’ve been given access to.

Access keys: They are said to be unique digital keys that are easy to use, more secure, never stored on a web server, and remain on the device so that hackers cannot steal them in a data breach or trick users into sharing them. It will replace passwords and instead use Touch ID or Face ID for biometric verification, and iCloud Keychain to sync across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV with end-to-end encryption. They will also work across apps and the web, and users can sign into websites or an app on non-Apple devices just by using their iPhone.

Visual display: Visual Look-Up takes photos further by introducing a new feature that allows users to tap and hold the subject of a photo to lift it from the background and place it in apps like Messages. Visual Look Up is also extended to recognize birds, insects and statues.

Other notable features include Live Text on video. Users will be able to use this to tag words on the image, menu card or billboard and copy the text to a message or notepad.

List of iPads eligible for iPadOS 16
Apple iPad Pro (all models), generic iPad (5th generation and later models), iPad Air (3rd generation and later models) and iPad mini (5th generation and later models).

How to install iPadOS 16 on your iPad:
Via OTA (Over-The-Air)
Prerequisite: Users who want to install the update directly on their device through OTA, please ensure that there is enough storage space and that the device should have more than 50% battery life before starting the download of the new iOS update.

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Step 1: Settings >> General >> Software Update

Via manual installation via Apple iTunes

Prerequisite: Make sure to back up your iPhone with either iCloud or iTunes before starting the download procedure. Your PC must also have the latest version of the iTunes app. If not, go to About and then Check for Updates or visit

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC.
Step 2: Insert your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if it isn’t already.
Step 3: Tap on iPhone, iPad or iPod at the top left.
Step 4: Tap the Check for update button in the first section that contains information about your device, and alternatively, you can click restore instead if you want to do a clean wipe with updated software.
Step 5: An update should be recognized, click on Download and Update in the context menu and accept the terms or conditions.
Step 6: Unlock your device with your passcode if prompted to continue with the upgrade.

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