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iPadOS 16: is the iPad finally a laptop replacement?

iPadOS 16: is the iPad finally a laptop replacement?

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iPadOS finally gets proper external display support. Unlike before, the iPad could only mirror its display, so if you were using any display that was not a 3:2 aspect ratio, you would see giant black bars on either side. With iPadOS 16, external display support is no longer limited to a 3:2 aspect ratio or screen mirroring. Now you can use the external display as an extension to the iPad’s display, some testers have even managed to connect ultrawide displays.

Display Scaling: Users will be able to change the scaling of the UI elements to fit more or less one the display. This will be very useful when combined with the Stage Manager for multitasking.

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Files app: The other ‘PRO’ change coming to the iPad is with the files app. Now the extension of the file can be seen at the end of the file’s name, moreover you can also directly change the extensions of the file just by renaming them. Additionally, sorting has also been improved with the latest OS version. This makes the Files app slightly closer to the Finder app in the macOS in functionality.

Photos: In the Photos app you can now lock your Hidden and Recently Deleted with Face ID or Touch ID. Duplicate images are now shown in a separate tab.

Undo and Redo are now available throughout the system, which previously was only available in certain apps.

With Apple Pencil, you can now scribble emojis and the corresponding emoji will appear in the text (I was unable to try this feature, maybe because of a bug or it is not available yet).

Virtual Memory Swap will be supported with the iPadOS 16 i.e. iPads will now be able to allocate up to 16 GB from the storage as virtual RAM, this feature will only be supported for the devices with at least 128 GB of storage.

iPads also now have a weather app.

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Freeform is probably the newest PRO feature coming to the Apple ecosystem, it provides a common canvas for multiple people on different Apple devices to work simultaneously. Users will be able to add text, images, files etc on the board which will be visible to all the collaborating members. You will also be able to see other members' live cursors and what they are doing in real-time straight from your device. P.S.: Freeform is yet to be added to the developer build, stay tuned for an in-depth view of the feature when it will be available.

Apple has also improved the Metal support in the iPadOS 16 which will result in even better graphic performance.

THE BAD: What is lacking from iPadOS 16

No updated lock screen: Apple made a big deal about the customizable lock screen of the iPhone with iOS 16, but the feature is not available for the iPads which, given its large screen, is a big omission. The updated lock screen could provide much more customization with widgets if it was available on the iPad.

With the inclusion of Stage Manager, iPad now has too many different styles of multitasking including one full-screen app with slide-over, split view and split view with slide-over. Though some people will like the choice, it becomes a hassle arranging the apps when going from one form of multitasking to another.

The calculator app is still absent from the iPad.

THE UGLY

Apple has been eager to categorize its iPad Pro series as professional devices but for years they have refused to actually provide any real professional apps.

Virtual Memory Swap is required for the Stage Manager to work, which means even the latest base iPad Air (M1) with 64 GB storage will not support it.

VERDICT

If your primary use of a laptop is browsing the web, viewing and sending emails, taking notes or watching YouTube videos, iPad has been a perfect device for you for years. But other than that the excellent hardware of the newer iPad especially the m1 iPads is still being throttled by an operating system which was made primarily for a phone with some desktop features.

(disclaimer- iPadOS 16 is in BETA, many new features might still be updated that takes advantage of the hardware when it will be officially launched in September)

iPadOS 16: is the iPad finally a laptop replacement?

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iPadOS finally gets proper external display support. Unlike before, the iPad could only mirror its display, so if you were using any display that was not a 3:2 aspect ratio, you would see giant black bars on either side. With iPadOS 16, external display support is no longer limited to a 3:2 aspec...

Airtel Launches Rs 9 Unlimited Data Plan with Limitations

Airtel Launches Rs 9 Unlimited Data Plan with Limitations

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Airtel has introduced a Rs 9 prepaid plan offering unlimited data for one hour, but with a catch. The plan includes a Fair Usage Policy (FUP) limit of 10GB, after which speeds reduce to 64kbps. This pack is ideal for users needing a quick data boost without voice benefits. It’s available via the Airtel website and contrasts with the Rs 129 plan, which provides over 10GB of data with longer validity. Airtel also recently extended the validity of its Rs 395 plan from 56 to 70 days, while maintaining other benefits.

Airtel Launches Rs 9 Unlimited Data Plan with Limitations

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Airtel has introduced a Rs 9 prepaid plan offering unlimited data for one hour, but with a catch. The plan includes a Fair Usage Policy (FUP) limit of 10GB, after which speeds reduce to 64kbps. This pack is ideal for users needing a quick data boost without voice benefits. It’s available via the...

Realme Buds Air 6 Pro Launched in India: Key Features and Price

Realme Buds Air 6 Pro Launched in India: Key Features and Price

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Realme has launched the Buds Air 6 Pro in India at Rs 4,999, available from June 27th on Flipkart and Realme’s website. Offered in Titanium Twilight and Silver Blue, these earbuds feature up to 50dB active noise cancellation, 40-hour battery life, dual drivers (6mm and 11mm woofer), and 360-degree Spatial Audio. Additional highlights include a 4000Hz ultra-wideband noise cancellation, 55ms low latency, LDAC Audio Codec, and IP55 water and dust resistance. They support Bluetooth v5.3, Google Fast Pair, and dual device connectivity.

Realme Buds Air 6 Pro Launched in India: Key Features and Price

Realme Buds Air 6 Pro Launched in India: Key Features and Price

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Realme has launched the Buds Air 6 Pro in India at Rs 4,999, available from June 27th on Flipkart and Realme’s website. Offered in Titanium Twilight and Silver Blue, these earbuds feature up to 50dB active noise cancellation, 40-hour battery life, dual drivers (6mm and 11mm woofer), and 360-degre...

Google Pixel 9 Pro XL Key Specifications Revealed on Geekbench

Google Pixel 9 Pro XL Key Specifications Revealed on Geekbench

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The Google Pixel 9 Pro XL has appeared on Geekbench, scoring 1378 in single-core and 3732 in multi-core tests. It features 16GB RAM and runs on Android 14. Powered by an octa-core processor, likely the upcoming Google Tensor G4 chipset, the phone includes four cores at 1.95GHz, three at 2.60GHz, and one at 3.10GHz. Despite scores trailing behind the Pixel 8 Pro, the Pixel 9 Pro XL marks the return of the XL branding and is expected to debut in October 2024 with a flat display and horizontal rear camera strip.

Google Pixel 9 Pro XL Key Specifications Revealed on Geekbench

Google Pixel 9 Pro XL Key Specifications Revealed on Geekbench

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The Google Pixel 9 Pro XL has appeared on Geekbench, scoring 1378 in single-core and 3732 in multi-core tests. It features 16GB RAM and runs on Android 14. Powered by an octa-core processor, likely the upcoming Google Tensor G4 chipset, the phone includes four cores at 1.95GHz, three at 2.60GHz,...

Samsung Galaxy Watch Ultra Confirmed

Samsung Galaxy Watch Ultra Confirmed

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch Ultra has been officially confirmed via a support page on Samsung Canada's website. Expected to launch on July 10th during the Galaxy Unpacked event, the watch will feature a unique design, LTE support, and a 47mm size. It will be available in White and Dark Grey, with a Titanium Grade 4 chassis, sapphire crystal glass display, and up to 300 nits peak brightness. The watch might also be water-resistant up to 100 meters. In the US, the Galaxy Watch Ultra could be priced between $699 and $710.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Ultra Confirmed

Samsung Galaxy Watch Ultra Confirmed

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch Ultra has been officially confirmed via a support page on Samsung Canada's website. Expected to launch on July 10th during the Galaxy Unpacked event, the watch will feature a unique design, LTE support, and a 47mm size. It will be available in White and Dark Grey, with a ...

OnePlus Ace 3 Pro Price and India Launch Status: What We Know

OnePlus Ace 3 Pro Price and India Launch Status: What We Know

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The OnePlus Ace 3 Pro is expected to arrive in China at a starting price of roughly Rs 34,000, with a potential Collector's Edition. It might bridge the pricing gap between the OnePlus 12R and the OnePlus 12, featuring premium features such as a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor and a 6,100mAh battery with Glacier Battery innovation.

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OnePlus Ace 3 Pro Price and India Launch Status: What We Know

OnePlus Ace 3 Pro Price and India Launch Status: What We Know

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The OnePlus Ace 3 Pro is expected to arrive in China at a starting price of roughly Rs 34,000, with a potential Collector's Edition. It might bridge the pricing gap between the OnePlus 12R and the OnePlus 12, featuring premium features such as a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor and a 6,100mAh battery w...

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