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Public beta iPadOS 13: everything else besides dark mode

My first review on the public beta iPadOS 13 focused on dark mode. This review will talk about everything else coming in iPadOS 13.

I am mostly excited about the sharing features added to productivity apps. Their presentation is great. They help us accomplish more, with much less effort. These features make the iPad a serious productivity tool. One that can easily replace laptops for a lot of users.

The markup tool

Is great! It is now easier to access, making it more useful. I can see productivity levels soaring sky high! You can now access the markup tool in almost all productivity apps (that work with almost any kind of document).

I have had an unhealthy relationship with Apple for a while now. The iPad pro 2018 is a massive waste of money in my opinion. It’s made me consider other brands for going paperless. A project that’s taking me very long to start. But when Apple turns around and pulls out an IOS update like this one; I just go running back into their open arms and forgive their sins.

I was really hoping that iPadOS 13 would be terrible so I can stay mad at Apple and finally get the courage to purchase an Android tablet! But no, it doesn’t seem like that’s happening anytime soon.

Browsing in Safari

I both love and hate the desktop browsing experience in Safari. I love it because now I can reply my messages on Facebook without getting a notification to download their messenger app! That feels good. It really does look and feel like browsing on a laptop!

A lot has been added to the browser. My favourite features are the download capabilities, markup, and the translate features. I can now get a full desktop experience right on my iPad!

Downloading isn’t new to Safari though. I have been downloading documents in Safari for years now. I guess a dedicated download button is helpful. Struggling with locating my files after downloading though. I am starting to miss the old setup.

At the moment, Safari has the most bugs. Pages take too long to load. Navigation has a resistance I can feel. It’s almost tangible! The app is constantly freezing, in the middle of tasks.

Overally, browsing in Safari has been the biggest pain!

The photos app

It’s alright. I prefer the old setup. Maybe I am still adjusting to the new look. 2 weeks to adjust though? I doubt I will ever like this setup.

The new features added are great, though. They can’t be ignored because they are just fantastic! We get more editing options in iPadOS 13. Could this be the end to third party photo editing apps?

I mostly take photos of documents and app screenshots. Not much editing needed on those. So I haven’t used these new features that much. This will probably always be my least used feature.

The floating keyboard

Most of us are very excited about it. It’s a great feature but let’s stop acting like it’s a ground breaking discovery. Android has had this for decades now! Celebrating it just makes us look bad. It gives Android fans stuff to talk about. So, let’s just keep our cool and pretend it’s nothing.

But behind closed doors… well that’s a different situation!

I had been considering buying a keyboard for my iPad for a while now. I thank God I didn’t waste my money! This feature has made me question if I even need an external keyboard.

This floating keyboard goes anywhere on my screen. It is tiny and fluid. Pleasant to use. But I stopped using it because it requires a lot of brain power at this point. I freeze in the middle of a word and I just don’t remember how to spell anymore! Anyone else felt like that?

This feature puts my spelling abilities in test mode and I don’t like it! I am not using it much these day until I am mentally prepared. But it’s definitely made me decide not to buy a keyboard. Even if I don’t use the swiping feature. Typing with one hand is still cooler and faster.

At this point, the issues I’m having with the floating keyboard are personal. Otherwise, Apple nailed this one!

I love the dedicated emoji button! I was tired of scrolling through all my languages just to get to my emojis. Emojis are special, they deserve their own dedicated button.

iPadOS Mouse Support

Some of you guys asked me to try out the mouse support feature. I am still working on that. By working on that I mean, I am trying to find out why a touch screen (a very sensitive touch screen with Apple pencil support) requires a mouse.

I finally found a use for a mouse on the iPad!

Honestly, it makes no sense to me. The Apple pencil is very accurate. The iPad screen is not large enough to use the iPad a metre away from me. Why do I need a mouse again? I can’t see how a mouse is useful on an iPad. Can’t see it.

Split-view support for the same app

Ingenious! I can’t wait to use this with third party note taking apps. This means we can finally stick to using one app for all our note taking needs!

The overlapping window is not very useful if it deactivates my main window. Not very ‘multitasky’ I feel.

It’s much easier to navigate through the overlapped windows in iPadOS 13. I suppose I could just appreciate that. It’s not as brilliant as Apple made it seem though. At least not for me, it isn’t. Never been a huge fan of the feature anyway!

What Public beta iPadOS features are you enjoying the most?

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