iPadOS 18

The next-generation version of iPadOS, coming this fall.

By MacRumors Staff
iPadOS 18

iPadOS 18

iPadOS 18 is the latest version of iPadOS, the software that runs on the iPad. iPadOS 18 incorporates many of the same features that are in iOS 18, including all of the new AI capabilities that Apple has in store, but there are also some notable iPad-specific changes. Both iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 are built around Apple Intelligence, aka AI. Apple Intelligence is deeply integrated into iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia.

Apple Intelligence improves writing across the operating system, makes Siri much smarter, and allows for multiple forms of content generation. Writing Tools will be available across most apps that support text for rewriting, polishing, proofreading, and summarizing content. You can change your tone, make your writing more concise, and ensure there are no spelling or grammar errors.

A new Image Playground app lets you generate images using prompts or Apple's suggestions and themes. You can incorporate pictures of your friends and family to make all kinds of fun custom photos in styles that include Animation, Illustration, or Sketch. Image Playground image generation is built into Messages, Notes, and other apps.

There's a Genmoji feature in the Messages app that lets you create any emoji you want without being limited to the built-in options. You can enter a short description of what you want, even including your friends, and Apple will make it for you.

In the Photos app, you can create custom Memories by typing in a description, with Apple Intelligence choosing appropriate photos and videos based on your description. Memories include a storyline, music, and chapters for a full narrative arc. A Clean Up tool can be used when editing images to remove unwanted objects from the background of a photo.

Apple entirely overhauled Siri with Apple Intelligence, creating an assistant that is more contextually relevant, personal, and natural. You can use voice commands with Siri, but there's also a new type to Siri option you can activate with a double tap on the bottom of the display. Siri has more personal context for fulfilling requests, and can take actions in apps for the first time. Siri can edit photos, manage files, create folders, and tons more.

Siri better understands language, can keep track of what you asked in a prior request, and knows what's on your screen so you can ask about it. Siri can search your entire device for information and knows your history, so it is prepared to help you with all your everyday tasks.

Apple gave Siri a new look, and when the personal assistant is activated, there's now a glowing ring around the display. Siri also has deep Apple product knowledge and can give you step-by-step instructions on whatever you need to do, so it's like having an Apple Genius in your pocket. When Siri doesn't know something, there's an option to bring in OpenAI's ChatGPT for your requests. ChatGPT is free, gets no info from you, and can be used for creating and illustrating content from scratch.

Apple Intelligence is limited to iPad models that have an M-series chip, which includes some of the newest iPad Air and iPad Pro models. The limitation is due to the on-device processing requirements of AI.

iPadOS 18 also has several new feature additions that join Apple Intelligence, many of which mirror what's possible in iOS 18. There are new customization options for the Home Screen, with the option to rearrange apps and widgets with open spaces and around wallpapers. Icons and widgets can be made larger and have a darker option for dark mode, plus there's an option to add a colored tint.

Apps in iPadOS 18 have a redesigned tab bar that floats above app content and makes it easier to get to what you need. It's a feature that is available across all iPad apps. Apple added an updated Document Browser for Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and Swift Playgrounds that lets you navigate to your most recent documents more quickly.

Apple redesigned Control Center and made it so everything can be rearranged to put what you use most front and center, with customized sizes and groups. A controls gallery lets you add all kinds of new quick actions, including controls from third-party apps. Control Center can also be split into multiple screens, so you can have dedicated sections for HomeKit, media playback, connectivity, and more, with the option to swipe between them.

The Notes app supports live audio recording and transcription, and for writing in Notes with the Apple Pencil, a Smart Script feature smoothes out your writing by using on-device machine learning to model your own handwriting. It's designed to make your writing straighter and more legible even when you're writing quickly, and you can check spelling, paste typed text in your own handwriting, and scratch out writing to remove it.

With Math Notes in the Notes app, you can write equations and expressions and have them solved right in the app without needing to open up the Calculator app. Equations are solved as soon as you write or type an equals sign. Text can be highlighted with color, and notes now have collapsible section headers for better management.

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The Calculator app is now available on the iPad, and it has been updated specifically for larger displays. It supports history and unit conversion, with options for both basic and scientific calculators.

Apple overhauled the Photos app, merging the Library and For You tabs into a simplified view that focuses on surfacing your best photos and memories. With Collections, it's easy to find photos organized by themes like recent days, trips, and people and pets. Collections can be pinned for quick access to your most used content. There's a new carousel view that shows you highlights of your best content, and Live Photos and videos will autoplay as you browse.

The Messages app supports scheduling texts for the first time, and the Tapback feature that you use to react to texts now supports any emoji. Text effects can be added to a word, phrase, or emoji, and formatting like bold and italic is available. iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 will see Apple transition from SMS/MMS to Rich Communication Services or RCS for green bubble text, which will result in better messaging experiences with Android users.

Later in 2024, Mail will adopt on-device categorization with sections like promotions, transactions, and personal email, and there is a new digest view that aggregates all of the relevant emails from a business for a full look at correspondence.

There are Highlights in Safari that surface key information about a webpage like a summary of an article, the location of a restaurant, or access to a map on a webpage for a shop. Reader mode has been upgraded with a summary and table of contents. Maps now includes topographic maps and trail networks, including detailed maps of all 63 U.S. national parks. Hikes can be saved for offline access, and you can create custom walking and hiking routes.

SharePlay, the feature that lets you interact with friends or family over FaceTime, supports tap and draw when screen sharing is activated. You can tap and draw on the screen to point out what the person you're communicating with should do on theirs. Full remote control is also an option with permission.

Apple added a Game Mode that minimizes background activity to ensure all of your processing power goes to the game you're playing, plus it cuts down on latency from game controllers and AirPods, with AirPods also gaining support for Personalized Spatial Audio for gaming.

The Passwords section in Settings is now a whole Passwords app that stores iCloud Keychain logins and passwords. The Passwords app supports passkeys, Wi-Fi passwords, verification codes, and more. Passwords can be accessed on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Windows PCs.

Apple improved privacy in iPadOS 18, and it's now possible to lock any app, requiring Face ID or Touch ID to open it even when your iPad is unlocked. You can also hide an app, which removes it from the Home Screen and tucks it away in a hidden folder in the App Library that can't be accessed without authentication. Apps that are locked or hidden won't send notifications and aren't available in search.

Apps that ask for contacts can now be granted access to just select contacts, hiding access to your full contact list. Apple has also added a new method for connecting third-party accessories without letting an app see other devices on the network. Apple refreshed the Privacy and Security section of the Settings app to give you more control over what you're sharing with apps.

AirPods Pro 2 in iPadOS 18 support a new gesture-based Siri response option, so you can shake your head for no or nod for yes. If you get a call, you can shake your head to decline, for example. Apple is also adding Voice Isolation so you can better tune out background noise.

iPadOS 18 is available to developers and public beta testers, with Apple planning for a fall release.

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Apple Intelligence

Apple Intelligence is the name for the set of artificial intelligence features that are in iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia, powered by machine learning and large language models. Apple Intelligence is deeply integrated into Apple's latest operating systems, providing new capabilities across a range of apps.

iPad Air and iPad Pro models with an M1 chip or later can use Apple Intelligence.

Writing Tools

Writing Tools help you edit, refine, and improve your writing in apps like Notes, Pages, and Mail. Writing Tools can be used to correct errors, locate missing words, change your tone, and summarize content.

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  • Proofread - Proofread checks your spelling and grammar, looking for spelling issues, incorrect verb forms and punctuation, missing words, and situations where you've accidentally used the wrong word like "effect" instead of "affect."
  • Rewrite - With the Rewrite option, Apple Intelligence can change the tone of your email. If you write something to be too casual, for example, and want to sound more professional, you can use the "Professional" option to have AI rewrite it. Your base message and ideas are kept, but wording is cleaned up. So far, options for Rewrite include Friendly, Professional, and Concise.
  • Summary - Summary summarizes up what you've written, offering a quick tl;dr. You can also have the Summary feature list key points from whatever you've written or text that you've selected.
  • Smart Reply - In the Mail app, the iPad can detect the content of emails and will suggest relevant smart replies so you can respond with a couple of taps.

Image Playground

Image Playground is an app that lets you generate images based on your ideas. You can generate an image with a prompt, similar to ChatGPT, and Apple also has a list of suggested concepts.

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Apple's concepts are organized into categories like themes, places, costumes, environments, characters, accessories, and more.

Though Apple suggests ideas, you don't have to use them and enter whatever you like as your prompt. All of the content created by Image Playground is stylized, so you can't create anything that looks realistic. The three available styles include Animation, Illustration, and Sketch.

Images that are generated can incorporate your friends and family because you're able to pull their likenesses from the Photos app. You can create fun images of people that you can then send in a message, with all of the image creation done privately on device.

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While Image Playground is a standalone app, it is also integrated into apps like Notes and Messages, plus it can be added to third-party apps. When you use Image Playground in Messages on iPad, it does pull in context from what you were doing previously. If you were discussing fireworks, for example, it might show suggestions that involve fireworks.

For any generated image, you can look through multiple options and choose your favorite, plus you can iterate as many times as you want because image generation is done on device.

In the Notes app, Image Playground can be used in a neat way. You can draw a rough sketch with the Apple Pencil and then have Image Playground convert it with the "Image Wand" tool into a much more fleshed out image that goes along well with your notes.

Genmoji

Genmoji are similar to emoji, and are designed to behave like emoji. With Genmoji, you can essentially generate any emoji you want, so you're no longer limited to the standard set.

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Genmoji work as emoji on Apple devices like the iPad, but they are not the same characters encoded by the Unicode Consortium. Instead, Apple designed a special API for them, and they will display properly anywhere that supports rich text.

Generating a Genmoji can be done by entering a description of what you're looking for, and you can even create Genmoji modeled after people in your Photos library.

Apple Intelligence overhauls Siri and Search, and Siri will be much more intuitive and responsive to requests. Siri has better language understanding and can keep up even if you stumble over your words or change your mind mid-sentence.

With improved contextual awareness and the ability to pull in insights from the apps on your iPad, Siri knows more about you and can help you more than ever before. Siri can see what's on your screen, so you can do things like visit a website and say "send this to Eric" and Siri will send the message. Better personal context means Siri can look up a movie that was suggested to you by a friend, find your passport number, or locate an important email. If it's on your device, Siri can find it.

Siri also maintains continuity between requests, so you can make a reference to your prior request. If you make a calendar event for a trip using Siri, for example, you can then follow it up and ask what the weather will be like, and Siri will understand what you mean.

For the first time, Siri can take actions in and across your apps, and there are hundreds of new things that Siri can do as a result. Siri can move files, send email drafts, edit photos, add photos to messages, and tons more.

Siri is able to tap into a huge database of Apple product knowledge and can tell you about device features and settings, as well as give tutorials on how to complete tasks on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

ChatGPT Integration

Apple is partnering with OpenAI to integrate ChatGPT into the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Siri can refer complex requests to ChatGPT, such as generating images or writing from scratch. With Writing Tools, ChatGPT can create and illustrate original content from scratch, which is above and beyond what Siri does.

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You can open up a long PDF, ask Siri what it says about a particular subject, and Siri can hand it off to ChatGPT to create a full summary. Apple sees Siri as a steward for AI models and tools, using available resources and presenting you with an answer without the need for multiple apps.

ChatGPT integration is opt-in, and Siri asks for permission each time before sending a request to ChatGPT and OpenAI's servers. Neither Apple nor OpenAI keeps track of requests, unless you are signed in to a paid ChatGPT account.

AI App Features

We go into detail on the specific features coming to apps in other sections of the roundup, but here's a quick list of the app changes that are powered by Apple Intelligence. You'll only get these options on a supported device.

  • Messages - Genmoji and Image Playground.
  • Mail - Writing Tools, Priority messages, summaries, and smart replies.
  • Photos - Clean Up tool, enhanced natural language search, and memory movies.
  • Notes - Writing Tools, Image Wand, and recording, transcribing, and summarizing of audio recordings.
  • Phone - Recording, transcribing, and summarizing phone calls.
  • Notifications - Priority Notifications and Reduce Interruptions Focus mode.

Privacy

Most Apple Intelligence features are completed on-device to preserve user privacy. Siri gathers data from your iPad to answer your requests rather than relying on Apple's servers, but there are instances where the compute power of the cloud is required.

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Apple is using Private Cloud Compute for this, with Apple's servers equipped with Apple silicon chips for privacy protection through the Secure Enclave.

Apple says that data is not stored and is used only for requests, and to prove that, Apple allows independent experts to inspect the code that runs on Apple silicon servers. Private Cloud Compute cryptographically ensures that the iPhone, iPad, and Mac do not talk to a server unless its software has been publicly logged for inspection.

Apple Intelligence tools are opt-in, and you will be able to select specific features that you want to use. Apple has also designed parental controls for Apple Intelligence.

Apple Intelligence Launch Timeline

Most Apple Intelligence features are slated to launch in iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia in the fall, but there are some capabilities that Apple needs more time to develop. Many of the improvements to Siri are not set to launch until later software updates in 2025.

  • Personal Context - Siri's insight into your photos, emails, messages, calendar events, and more.
  • App Control - The feature that will let Siri control individual features in apps like opening documents, moving files, and emailing web links.
  • On-screen awareness - Siri's ability to see what's on your screen and tie it to requests you make.
  • Semantic indexing - The on-device database that keeps track of your emails, images, apps, and website usage.
  • Additional languages - At launch, Siri will only support American English, with other languages coming sometime in 2025.

It is also worth noting that Apple Intelligence features will not be available in the European Union when iPadOS 18 launches, and this includes all Apple Intelligence features. Apple is delaying implementing Apple Intelligence in the EU due to the regulatory requirements of the Digital Markets Act.

iPadOS 18 Design Updates

Apple Intelligence is the biggest change coming in iPadOS 18, but Apple has implemented some noteworthy design changes that update the look of the Home Screen and the Control Center.

Home Screen

Apps and widgets can be placed anywhere on the iPad's hidden grid in iPadOS 18, so you can have a Home Screen and app pages with just a handful of apps and widgets with as much spacing as you want between row of icons.

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You can't quite put an app icon anywhere you want on the screen, but you can rearrange icons around your wallpaper and have more empty space than before. The names of apps can be removed, increasing the size of the icons and widgets on the Home Screen with the space saved.

App Icons

Apple added a Dark color for app icons that pairs well with Dark Mode. The Dark option can be selected independently of Dark Mode or paired with it, and all of Apple's built-in apps now have a darker color when it's activated.

You can also choose to tint your app icons to match your wallpaper, overwriting the default color of each icon. You can't choose individual colors for every icon, and the feature only works to put a blanket tint over everything.

Hiding and Locking Apps

If you have an app you don't want anyone to see, you can either lock it or hide it from the Home Screen entirely. It's a useful feature if you want to be able to hand your iPad to someone to show off pictures or allow them to play a game as it keeps your most sensitive content out of sight.

Locked apps require Face ID or Touch ID authentication to unlock them when they're tapped, but they stay on your Home Screen. If you lock an app and hide it, it only shows up in the App Library in a hidden apps folder that takes biometric authentication to open up. Locked and hidden apps do not appear in other places such as search or in notifications.

Control Center

Control Center has been overhauled, and it now features rearrangeable tiles and support for multiple pages so you can put what you need most right at the top of it. You can customize all of the Control Center options, adding new controls from the Controls gallery that Apple introduced.

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Controls can be organized into separate pages for favorites, music, home, and connectivity, and more, and you can swipe up and down between the Control Center pages. A long, continuous swipe gets you to where you need to go the fastest. Tapping into a smaller set of controls like connectivity or music will expand it into a full screen view that you can interact with.

Third-party apps can create Control Center controls for the first time, so there are a lot more quick access options that you can assign. Apple has also added a power button that's activated with a long press, and there are some new Control Center options like Translate, Tap to Cash, Shortcuts, and numerous Accessibility controls.

Game Mode

A dedicated Game Mode in iPadOS 18 minimizes background activity so that all of the iPad's processing power can go toward the game. Game Mode is meant to provide consistently high frame rates, even when gaming for hours.

Game Mode also cuts down on audio latency with AirPods, and it makes game controllers more responsive than before. Apple says that the Bluetooth polling rate with wireless controllers is doubled for better in-game responsiveness.

Game developers are now able to take advantage of Personalized Spatial Audio to create more immersive audio for their games.

New App Features

Apps in iPadOS 18 have a redesigned tab bar that floats above the app's content at the top of the interface, so it's easy to access navigation tools and the search interface no matter what you're doing.

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Apple has refreshed the Document Browser for apps like Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, and the new functionality makes it simpler to jump back into your most recent documents.

Photos

Apple overhauled the Photos app with an updated design for the library that essentially combines the For You, Albums, and Library tabs. In iPadOS 18, there's a main Library section paired with different "Collections" that you can swipe through in a Carousel, such as Memories, People and Pets, Recent Days, Trips, Albums, and more.

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You can still get to the same general library view, but you need to swipe down to access the select and search tools that are normally in this section. You can pin your own Collections and organize your Photos app to put what's important to you front and center.

If you swipe to any Collection in the Carousel, you can long press to rearrange, remove, or replace it with something that's more important to you. Along with People and Pets, the Photos app supports Groups for the first time, so you if you have a lot of photos with two or more people, you can see those organized into a specific group as well as individual people. Groups are created automatically using on-device learning, but you can also create them.

The Photos app includes Apple Intelligence for image editing. You can use the Clean Up tool to remove unwanted background objects from your images. The Photos app can automatically highlight what you might want to remove based on the composition of the image, but you can also take control and tap, circle, or paint over what you want to remove. The removal tool understands the main subject of the image and maintains the integrity of the photo while filling in the area where an object was removed.

Apple Intelligence can also create custom memory movies of anything that you want to see. You can enter a description like "all the photos of my cat last winter set to a rock song" or "the desserts I at during the summer set to a pop song" and Apple Intelligence will find the relevant photos and create a movie that is complete with a narrative arc.

Search in the Photos app is improved with natural language support, so you can describe what you're looking for to find it. You can even search for a specific moment in a video clip.

Apple has added a number of new Utilities albums for finding content within photos like text and receipts. You were previously able to search for some of these options, but having a dedicated Utilities folder makes them quicker to get to.

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At the bottom of the Photos app, you'll also see suggestions for images that would make good wallpapers.

Messages

iPadOS 18 includes multiple notable new features for the Messages app aside from the Genmoji and Image Playground additions coming with Apple Intelligence.

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You can schedule an iMessage to be sent at a later date and time, with Apple permitting texts to be scheduled up to 14 days in advance. Scheduled messages can be set up by tapping the "+" sign next to the text field, choosing the More option, and selecting Send Later.

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After you've scheduled an iMessage, you can tap it to edit it, delete it, or reschedule it.

Apple redesigned the default Tapback response options to make them more colorful than before, plus there is support for using any emoji or sticker to respond to a message.

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Long press on a message and tap on the emoji icon to select any emoji or sticker, and this feature also works with custom Genmoji you've created.

Words, phrases, and emoji can now be enhanced with new text effects like bounce, bloom, and shake, plus you can use bold, italics, underline, and strikethrough to emphasize your texts.

Mail

Apple is updating the Mail app with Apple Intelligence. Starting later this year, incoming emails will be organized into categories that include Primary for your main time-sensitive emails, Promotions for marketing and sales messages, Transactions for receipts and order confirmations, and Updates for newsletters and other similar emails.

Apple will automatically know which emails are important and will give them a priority status, which puts them at the top of your Primary inbox. Priority emails will include things like flight check-ins, deadlines, and reminders that are due. Messages from the same sender will be grouped together, so you can see things like all of your receipts from one vendor or all of the marketing emails from a store in the same place.

A summary of a long email can be generated with just a tap, so you can check to see if a message is worth your time before you read the entire thing. Smart Reply can be used to identify questions in an email that you were asked with your iPad generating relevant responses so you can send a reply with a few taps.

Safari

Safari's "Highlights" feature automatically detects relevant information on a webpage and highlights it for you as you browse. You might see highlights for directions, hours, and menus on restaurant and store websites, and on other sites, Safari will highlight information about people, music, movies, and TV shows, depending on what you're browsing.

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Apple also redesigned the Reader mode, adding a table of contents so you can skip to relevant parts of a site and an option that summarizes the page for you.

Passwords

The new Passwords app houses passwords and logins for apps and websites, one-time access codes for two-factor authentication, Wi-Fi passwords, and passkeys. There are also dedicated sections for security alerts, with Apple letting you know about passwords that are too short, have been reused, or have been found in a breach.

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You can share passwords with friends and family by creating a shared password group, which gives everyone logins to shared streaming services, home devices, and more. Passwords are added to the Passwords app automatically when you use Apple's built-in saving feature on an Apple device, but you can also add logins by tapping on the "+" button.

Passwords are synced across iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Vision Pro, and even Windows PCs through the iCloud for Windows app.

Notes

There's a Smart Script feature on the Notes app for iPad, which is able to use on-device machine learning to improve your handwriting. If you're taking notes with the Apple Pencil, Smart Script is able to refine what you've written, making your letters smoother, straighter, and more legible.

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The feature does not change what you've written or your general writing style, but it is able to make your written work a bit more clear. Smart Script learns your handwriting style as you use the Notes app, so you can also paste typed text into your handwriting. The feature also supports correcting spelling, touching and dragging to move text for more space, and scratching out writing to erase it.

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Notes includes a feature for capturing audio recordings and putting out a live transcript along with a summary of what's included. Live transcriptions can be searched though, and combined with other documents, comments, and lists in the Notes app.

For improved organization, sections in notes can be collapsed down, with this feature available when you have your notes organized with headers. You can also now highlight text in notes, with Apple providing five colors to choose from.

Calculator

Math Notes, a feature that brings the Calculator and the Notes app together, allows you to write out and solve equations. You can do things like add up a monthly budget or figure out a split for a restaurant bill. Math Notes can solve all kinds of math problems, and generates totals when you add in an equals sign.

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On the iPad, Math Notes is designed to work with the Apple Pencil. You can write out a math problem as you would on paper, and then the Calculator solves the problem. Math Notes works in the Notes app or in the Math Notes section of the Calculator app.

If you're using the Apple Pencil, you can write out equations and have solved.

Maps

The Maps app supports topographic maps that are complete with trail networks and hikes, a feature that Apple first brought to the Apple Watch last year. There are maps of trails and hike suggestions for all 63 national parks in the United States. There are thousands of hikes available, with Apple providing an option to save favorites, add notes, and get information like elevation and length.

As with regular maps, the topographic hiking maps can be saved for offline use, complete with turn-by-turn guidance.

There is support for creating your own hikes and walking routes, with tools for route options like one way, out and back, or a loop. Creating routes is available for walking directions and is not limited to trails, but there is no option to create a custom driving route.

Home

The Home app supports new guest features so you can give people temporary access to your smart locks, garage door openers, and alarm systems at select times. Access can repeat, so you can do things like let your house cleaner in weekly at a set time.

Hands-free unlocking is available for door locks that support Ultra Wideband technology, which means you can unlock your door automatically with an iPhone or Apple Watch as you approach.

Apple allows you to select which Home Hub you want HomeKit to rely on, which is handy if you have multiple devices that work as a Home Hub like HomePods and Apple TVs.

Later this year, HomeKit will support robot vacuum cleaners and will provide home electricity use metrics in partnership with electric companies. At launch, it will be available to Pacific Gas and Electric Company customers.

Calendar

Apple refreshed the Calendar app with a new month view that makes it simpler to see the events that you have coming up.

Calendar also integrates with the Reminders app for creating, viewing, editing, and completing reminders in the Calendar app without having to open up Reminders.

AirPods Changes

iPadOS 18 brings several changes to AirPods Pro 2, Apple's latest earbuds. With head gestures, you can control the AirPods Pro handsfree and without speaking. Just nod your head up and down or shake it to respond to incoming notifications and phone calls. Nodding answers a call, while shaking your head declines it.

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Voice Isolation cuts down on background noise so your voice sounds clearer to the person you're speaking with on a phone call. The microphones on the AirPods Pro will avoid picking up ambient noise with Voice Isolation, prioritizing your voice.

Privacy Features

As mentioned earlier, you can lock and hide apps to require Face ID or Touch ID to access them, but there are also a few other privacy additions in iPadOS 18.

Apple redesigned the Privacy and Security section of the Settings app, providing at-a-glance information about what you're sharing so you can make adjustments. The Privacy and Security section shows how many apps have access to various privacy settings like location, camera, microphone, and more.

When apps request access to your contacts in iPadOS 18, you now have the option to share just a few contacts instead of sharing your entire address book. You are able to select exactly which contacts an app is able to access, if any.

Apple created a new way for developers to pair Bluetooth accessories to the iPad that allows for pairing without providing information about nearby Bluetooth devices.

Compatibility

iPadOS 18 is compatible with the following iPads:

  • iPad Pro (M4)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation and later)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later)
  • iPad Air (M2)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation and later)
  • iPad (7th generation and later)
  • iPad mini (5th generation and later)

iPadOS 18 Launch Date

iPadOS 18 is currently available to developers and public beta testers. Following the beta testing period, iPadOS 18 will see a launch in September 2024.

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