Apple has introduced iPadOS -- a dedicated operating system for the iPad that brings a host of new capabilities to its tablet. Announced Monday at the company's , iPadOS strengthens the iPad's productivity capabilities and nudges it closer to fulfilling its potential as a full-fledged laptop replacement.
Apple will release the new operating system this fall as a free software update for the and (released earlier this year), all the iPad Pros, the , the and the .
In the past, the company used its iOS mobile operating system to power both the iPhone and iPad, which sometimes required compromises. Now, the iPhone will move to , , while the iPad will get its own operating system, allowing it to more fully inhabit its nature as a tablet.
To that end, iPadOS includes a new Home screen layout, enhanced multitasking features and new user interface gestures for cutting, copying, pasting and undoing actions. In addition to a number of tablets a few exclusives: expanded Apple Pencil functionality, improved file management and a new version of Safari that will make for a more desktoplike Internet browsing experience., including a and a new floating keyboard, iPadOS gives the company's
Prior to the start of today's keynote, the company appeared to scoop itself,on its developer portal.
The event comes as software and services are taking on even greater importance for Apple. The company still sells millions ofevery quarter, but . People are holding onto their devices for longer, which makes it important to give them services that get them paying monthly. Apple has made augmented reality, mobile payments, streaming music and other areas itno key focuses over the past couple of years.
The company last week said it has 20 million developers in its Apple developer Program, and it's madein App Store apps. Apple also touted the creation of over 1.5 million jobs in the US and over 1.57 million across Europe.
CNET's Shara Tibken contributed to this story.