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WWDC: iPadOS leak reveals Apple plan to rename iOS for iPad

Apple has given iOS an iPad-focused spin-off.

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iOS on the iPad may soon be called iPadOS

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Apple's iOS is getting a spinoff

A new leak spotted right before the company's WWDC developer conference revealed the new name for the iPad focused version of iOS: iPadOS. 

Spotted by a number of notable Apple followers, including developer Steve Troughton-Smith, the company appears to have revealed the new name on its developer portal. 

The company made the news official during its annual WWDC keynote address. 

Apple previously called its mobile operating iPhone OS before shortening the name to iOS with the launch of iOS 4 in 2010. Apple also detailed its latest version of iOS, called iOS 13, Monday.  

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WWDC is where Apple details its newest software and services that will arrive on devices later in the year. The company may be best known for its hardware, but the seamless integration of its hardware with its software is what sets Apple apart from rivals. Apple's ability to control every aspect of its products -- something that began when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded the company in 1976 -- has been key in making it the most powerful company in tech.

The event comes as software and services are taking on even greater importance for Apple. The company still sells millions of iPhones every quarter, but sales aren't soaring like they used to. 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 key focuses over the past couple of years.

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The company last week said it has 20 million developers in its Apple Developer Program, and they've made more than $120 billion from selling digital goods and services in their App Store apps. Apple also touted the creation of over 1.5 million jobs in the US and over 1.57 million across Europe.

This is a developing story. Follow our WWDC liveblog, and see WWDC liveblog.

CNET's Shara Tibken contributed to this story.

Update June 3, 2019, 11:15 a.m. PT: Adds details on official iPadOS naming.  

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