Apple unveils iPadOS 17, introducing custom lock screens and interactive widgets

Jun 6, 2023, 5:30 AM UTC
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Apple unveils iPadOS 17, introducing custom lock screens and interactive widgets
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In a groundbreaking announcement at the highly anticipated Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple took the stage today to reveal iPadOS 17, a major update to its iPad operating system. Packed with plenty of exciting features, the latest iteration of iPadOS brings an array of enhancements, including a long-awaited ability to personalize Lock Screens and the introduction of interactive widgets, ensuring a more cohesive user experience across Apple’s lineup of devices.

One of the notable highlights of iPadOS 17 is the newfound capability for iPad users to customize their Lock Screens. Until now, this feature has been exclusive to iPhones, leaving iPad owners yearning for the same level of personalization. With the advent of iPadOS 17, users can now infuse their personality into their device’s Lock Screen, adding a touch of individuality and creativity to their daily interactions.

Additionally, Apple has revolutionized the Home Screen experience on iPads by introducing interactive widgets. Building on the success of the interactive widgets introduced in iOS 14, these dynamic and customizable widgets bring a new level of functionality to the iPad’s Home Screen. Users can now interact directly with their widgets, providing a more engaging and streamlined way to access important information and perform quick tasks without the need to open specific apps.

Expanding the capabilities of iPads even further, iPadOS 17 incorporates support for Live Activities, a feature previously exclusive to iPhones. Live Activities enable users to stay connected with their favorite content and events in real-time, offering an immersive experience right at their fingertips. Whether it’s following live sports scores, tracking stock market trends, or keeping up with breaking news, Live Activities ensures that users are always in the loop and up to date.

Moreover, Apple has recognized the vast potential of the iPad’s larger display sizes and has integrated its renowned Health app into iPadOS 17. This move allows users to leverage the enhanced screen real estate for a more comprehensive and immersive health and wellness experience. With the Health app now readily available on iPads, users can seamlessly track their fitness goals, monitor health metrics, and gain valuable insights to optimize their overall well-being.

In addition to these marquee features, iPadOS 17 brings noteworthy improvements across various native apps. Apple has placed a particular focus on enhancing the functionality of the Notes, Messages, FaceTime, and Safari apps to enrich the user experience. In the Messages app, for instance, Apple introduces a consolidated sticker drawer, where users can access all their stickers from a single location. This streamlined approach simplifies sticker management, allowing users to effortlessly navigate and explore an extensive library of Live Stickers, emoji stickers, and third-party sticker packs. Furthermore, iPad users now possess the ability to create personalized stickers from their own photos, adding a delightful touch of self-expression to their conversations.

Apple’s dedication to enhancing productivity shines through in iPadOS 17’s PDF capabilities. PDFs now automatically fill the entire width of the iPad screen, providing an immersive reading experience. Taking things a step further, Apple has leveraged machine learning technology to identify fields within PDFs. This ingenious feature enables users to swiftly extract relevant information, such as names, addresses, and emails, directly from their Contacts app, streamlining workflows and saving valuable time.

iPadOS 17 availability

For avid Apple enthusiasts eager to experience the latest advancements, iPadOS 17 is now available in developer beta today and public beta for next month, with a public release slated for this fall. Apple has ensured compatibility across a wide range of devices, including the second-generation iPad Pro, third-generation iPad Air, sixth-generation iPad, and fifth-generation iPad mini, as well as newer models. By making iPadOS 17 accessible to a broad user base, Apple reinforces its commitment to delivering cutting-edge innovations to as many customers as possible.

iPadOS 17 compatible devices

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation and later)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation and later)
  • iPad (6th generation and later)
  • iPad mini (5th generation and later)

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