Apple announced the all-new iPad Pro a few days ago and we are still not over it. Now, according to a report from Bloomberg, Apple will unveil some major software updates for the iPad that will include “the most significant update to the Home Screen since first launching the product in 2010.”
Some of the new features that will be coming are described as follows –
- New notification filters based on user status. From a new menu accessible from the Lock Screen and Control Center, users will have more granular control over how notifications are displayed (do they play sounds or not, for example) based on whether they’re driving, sleeping, at work, or have turned on Do Not Disturb mode.
- iPad home screen upgrade. This will reportedly include the ability to add widgets (introduced in iOS last year). Bloomberg doesn’t offer any more details, but claims this will be the most significant update to the iPad home screen since the product launched.
- Quick access to privacy data. A new menu will reportedly let users see what information apps are collecting about them. Presumably, this would tap the same data used by Apple for new “privacy labels” introduced to the App Store last December.
- Updated iOS Lock Screen. This will include access to the above privacy menu. It’s not clear if any other changes are coming.
- Social upgrades for iMessage. New features would help iMessage compete with WhatsApp “with the eventual goal of acting as more of a social network.” But Bloomberg says these are “still early in development” and might be announced later this year.
- Minor updates for macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Apple launched a big redesign for macOS last year with Big Sur, so it seems right to expect only small changes this time around.
These are not really some drastic changes and we have been anticipating them from quite a while. However, since Apple has now added the beefy M1 processor on the iPad, we would love to see if it finally allows to run desktop grade apps on the iPad.