Why you can trust ZDNet
ZDNet independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission.Our process
'ZDNet Recommends': What exactly does it mean?
ZDNet's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.
When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNet nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.
ZDNet's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.
Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is underway, and that means we're getting a preview of the operating system updates that will run on Apple's hardware later this year. Leading up to the event, there had been news and speculation around iPadOS bringing a completely new multitasking experience to Apple's tablet. And boy did Apple deliver.
For starters, Apple has finally added a weather app to the iPad. Something that everyone who owns an iPad has scratched their heads, wondering why it's not available. In addition to the weather app, iPadOS 16 will also gain all of the new features that Apple announced for the iPhone in iOS 16, such as new iMessage features,
A new Collaboration feature lets you share a document and instantly begin working on the document together with whoever is in the group. For example, if you're talking in iMessage with a group of coworkers, you can send a Pages or Keynote document to the group and begin making changes to the document, as a group, in real-time. The same approach to group collaboration will also work during a FaceTime video call, including sharing tabs in Safari.
Freeform is a new app coming later this year. Apple previewed the app that looks more like a shared virtual whiteboard that allows users to draw, sketch or write down ideas and notes as a group during a FaceTime call. You can embed photos, videos, audio, links or -- basically -- any type of media straight into the app. Freeform will also make its way to the iPhone and Mac later this year.
GameCenter is also getting a series of updates that make Apple's gaming platform much more social, showing you what your friends are playing, and their scores and making it easy to start playing a game with your friends.
But perhaps the biggest announcement regarding iPadOS 16 is that Apple is focusing on bringing desktop-class apps to the iPad by improving various aspects of the overall experience. For example, you can now customize the toolbar in apps, or there's a system-wide undo/redo feature.
Stage Manager is a feature that's making its debut on the iPad and Mac with this year's software updates, but it's a feature that looks like it'll completely change the way power users use the tablet. You can resize windows and even have overlapping windows -- a first for the iPad -- while keeping small thumbnails of open apps on the left side of the screen.
First look: Apple's WWDC 2022 in pictures
The iPad Pro and iPad Air, both of which are powered by Apple's M1 processor, now have full external display support with two distinct desktops, with a total of eight different app pairings.
There's undoubtedly plenty more to dig up in iPadOS 16 -- which I'll begin doing the moment the developer updates are available.