Last Minute Leak Suggests iOS for iPad to be Renamed 'iPadOS'

Apple may be planning to rename the version of iOS that runs on the iPad 'iPadOS,' which suggests major distinctive changes coming to the software in iOS 13.

The new ‌iPadOS‌ name was spotted by developer Steve Moser just ahead of when WWDC kicks off in what appears to be the Developer License terms and conditions.


A string of text reads "Apple Software" means Apple SDKs, iOS, watchOS, tvOS, ‌iPadOS‌, and/or macOS," with ‌iPadOS‌ being a new term referring to the software running on the ‌iPad‌.

Rumors have suggested the ‌iPad‌ is getting some major updates in ‌iOS 13‌, which could provide a more PC-like usage experience. There will be new multitasking interfaces with stackable cards and multiple window support, along with a possible tab view.

New gestures are also coming, and with macOS 10.15, Apple is adding tools that will let developers easily port their ‌iPad‌ apps to the Mac.

Moser has also found indications of new PassKit pass types for cars and hotels, which means in ‌iOS 13‌, you may be able to store temporary cards for unlocking hotel rooms and rental vehicles.

Related Roundups: iOS 13, iPadOS

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24 weeks ago
That could mean we are going to see some serious changes. I'm looking forward to this!
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24 weeks ago
I don't care what they call it, as long as the iPad-specific features justify the name change. iOS on the iPad has never really done the hardware justice.
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24 weeks ago
My god Apple is getting messy.
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24 weeks ago
What a horrible name. Will they also rename iOS for iPhone to iPhoneOS? Oh dear…
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24 weeks ago
Let’s hope this means it a full operating system for mobile use. God knows we don’t want to buy those MacBooks with junk keyboards and buggy T2 chips.
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24 weeks ago
Who cares about the name, the important thing is that maybe is the iOS push most people where waiting for. I just hope it makes the Pro a really Pro device.
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24 weeks ago
So you’ll be prevented from accessing certain features like font management on your phone because of course.
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24 weeks ago
Yas. Give me that mouse courser! My body is ready to spent 159€ on a mouse!
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24 weeks ago
They can call it whatever they want. As long as the OS finally takes advantage of all the horsepower in the iPads. It would be the first iOS device I've bought for personal use in a long time. I don't want to get my hopes up, but fingers crossed for some significant news.
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24 weeks ago
Great. Looking forward to that.
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