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iPad User Magazine Issue 67

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iPad User Magazine is the complete companion guide for owners of any iPad model, including the new iPad mini. Published every six weeks you’ll be kept up-to-date with the latest things to do on your iPad.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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Monthly
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9 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome

Well, we’ve been bowled over by the new iPad Air this issue. Apple’s latest iPad offering is the best we’ve seen so far, apart from the more expensive iPad Pro models, of course. If you’re looking to get an iPad for the holiday season then this is the one for you. Oh, and did we mention that it’s fast? Well, it’s fast! The new processor screams. Find out what we thought on page 20. Also this issue we take another look at iPadOS 14 in all its glorious beauty. We’ve had a while to get used to iPadOS 14 now, and we’re highlighting all the features we’ve come to love since it was released. When you combine iPadOS 14 and the Apple Pencil together though, something magical happens. Not only can you…

1 min.
ipados 14 tips & tricks

Compared to the wow factor of macOS Big Sur, you may think your iPad doesn’t look much different after installing this latest major update. That’s partly because it’s the desktop OS, this time, that’s borrowed ideas – and, via Apple’s Mac Catalyst, quite a lot of code – to catch up with the tablet, rather than the other way around. But you’ll soon find plenty that’s new. Freed from the iPhone, iPadOS is finding its way towards the power and flexibility of an all-purpose computer without losing the simplicity and immediacy of multitouch. Interface tweaks make your content more accessible and options more discoverable throughout. And while the spring saw users who wanted something more like a laptop generously served by the Magic Keyboard and trackpad, the autumn brings to the…

1 min.
siri and search

> When invoked by the methods enabled in Settings > Siri & Search > Ask Siri, Siri appears as a blob in the bottom right corner instead of taking over the screen. Any visual results, including new ‘web answers’, pop up in the same place. This is a big improvement, but Apple hasn’t quite decided what should happen when you then try to get on with what you were doing. While Siri is listening or thinking, any taps or swipes interrupt it. While it’s showing answers, we could sometimes take actions such as scrolling content without disturbing it, but often it would go off in a huff. It would be ideal if Siri could hover independently – and respond without ducking our music. Similarly, Search, accessed as before by swiping down on…

2 min.
the same, but different

Your Home screen remains similar to iPadOS 13. Unlike in iOS 14, widgets can’t be mixed in with your app icons, and there’s no App Library view when you swipe all the way left. On the first Home screen, swiping right squishes up the icons to reveal Today View, where you’ll start to see the differences: widgets appear in a new format, and no longer show titles. By default, the top widget is a stack: swipe up or down on it to rotate between widgets. To rearrange your Today View, press a widget and drag. To change widgets, press one and hold – ignoring the pop-up menu – until the Home screen goes into ‘jiggly mode’. Then tap ‘–’ to remove a widget, or tap ‘+’ at the top left to add…

1 min.
see the world differently with ar

> Many of the enhancements to Apple’s augmented reality API, ARKit, take advantage of hardware innovations exclusive to the 2020 iPad Pro models. The LiDAR scanner on the back and face-tracking on the front camera, for example. LiDAR, now also built into the iPhone 12 Pro, enables precise real-time depth measurement, so virtual objects can be more precisely integrated into a real-world view using the RealityKit framework. It also supports tasks like measuring and modelling real objects and scenes. Another new feature, Location Anchors, lets developers site experiences in the real world for you to discover, and also works on the iPad Pro 10.5-inch, the iPad Air (3rd generation) and later, and the current iPad mini (5th generation).…

4 min.
mail, maps and ar

While iMacs and MacBooks have a green LED to show their built-in cameras are active, iPads don’t. But iPadOS 14 displays a green dot when any app is accessing the camera, or orange when the mic alone is in use. The dot normally appears to the left of the icons at the top right; in views that hide these, such as the Camera preview or a FaceTime call, the dot appears in the corner. When you allow an app to access your photos, you can now select which ones. It’s reassuring to know it won’t automatically see new pics, but we’d like to be able to select an album. In Settings > Privacy > Location Services, when you allow location access for an app, you can turn off Precise Location to…