Apple Unveils iPadOS 18 With New Calculator App, Tab Bar, and More

Apple today previewed iPadOS 18, a major update to the operating system for the iPad that introduces a new Calendar app, a redesigned systemwide tab bar, and more.

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‌iPadOS 18‌ brings over many of the new features and improvements introduced in iOS 18 to the ‌iPad‌ such as the redesigned Photos app and new Home Screen customization tools.

In ‌iPadOS 18‌, a new floating tab bar morphs into the navigation sidebar. The tab bar is also customizable to keep favourites within easy reach. It is available across the system. There is also a new document browser in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.

‌iPadOS 18‌ also brings the Calculator app to the ‌iPad‌ for the first time, with new features like history and unit conversions. Math notes allows users to solve expressions when writing with the Apple Pencil.

Math notes enable users to hand-write expressions and automatically calculate the answer, displaying it in handwriting that's like their own. Users can use basic or scientific math, and notes can be saved for later. Variables are supported, allowing you to solve algebraic equations. They can be edited to see results change in real time, and even generate a graph.

Notes has the same math capabilities from Calculator. Notes also gains new Smart Script capabilities that automatically improve your handwriting as you write.

SharePlay now allows users to tap and draw on the screen when sharing, and you can remotely control someone else's ‌iPad‌ or iPhone.

‌iPadOS 18‌ also includes refined animations across the UI, making them feel even more responsive. There are new APIs for developers to integrate these animations.

The first developer beta of ‌iPadOS 18‌ is available starting today, with a public beta following in July, and official release to the public in the fall.

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Top Rated Comments

JamesMay82 Avatar
5 weeks ago
I’m gutted! Still the same crap files app!
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
atoqir Avatar
5 weeks ago

this is crazy, same BS, i just got my m4 ipad, what a disappointment
Golden rule: Always buy products (whatever they are) with the features they offer when you buy them, not what they might offer someday.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pshady Avatar
5 weeks ago
Glad I got the M4 for the new calculator app.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lotzosushi Avatar
5 weeks ago
Everyone: This is gonna be Apple's biggest iPad OS update since the iPad was introduced!!

Apple: Here's a calculator.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Supermallet Avatar
5 weeks ago
So they debut the M4 chip with the iPad Pro and then make no improvements to features like Stage Manager? I'm not demanding MacOS on the iPad but good god Apple make it more functional for those of us who want to use the full power of the chips in these devices.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sofargone Avatar
5 weeks ago
what a joke, no new multitasking features or better files app, disappointed in apple! the worst ipados update to date
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)