Friday, Jun 18, 2021, 14:42 Software

iPadOS 15: Files App To Receive Features Similar To macOS (Video Included)

With respects to hardware, the iPad Pro only differs from the rest of Apple's traditional computer M1 lineup in terms of nuances. The same ARM processor is used in the iPad Pro and the drive space is similarly identical. In addition, Cupertino has also provided the new iPad Pro with a thunderbolt port the same as the rest of the company's desktops and laptops. This means that not only can the iPad Pro be connected to an external display (without the use of greatly vilified dongles), but also to an external SSD or flash drive.

Files App To Receive Finder-Like Additions
Despite the recent computer-like additions to the iPad Pro's feature list, it's still not a computer. The reason for this being the device's operating system which functions the same as on other tablets from Apple. Therefore, in comparison to macOS, the platform has some limitations, especially in terms of file management. The Files app is by far still incapable of offering the same advantages as the Finder application found on Apple computers. In iPadOS 15, however, Apple plans to change this at least to a certain extent.

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iPadOS 15 To Support NTFS Data Carriers
The new version of iPadOS coming this fall will provide support for data carriers (external drives, SSDs, flash drives, etc.) formatted in NTFS. The file format, commonly used by Windows operating systems, will now be supported next to the already supported FAT file format frequently used by Apple devices. However, the iPadOS Files app will only be able to read from external drives and not write to them, for the time being. However, you'll still be able to copy files over to iPadOS in order to edit or save them on the device as discovered by YouTuber Steven Fjordstrøm.

File Selection With Mouse Or Trackpad
If a mouse or trackpad are connected to the iPad, it'll be possible to use them to select multiple files at once within the Files app. The files can then be compressed into .ZIP format or moved to another folder. In addition, files will also be able to be sorted and grouped similarly to in Finder on macOS. This means it will be possible to group documents, videos, and images into separate sections. Finally, Apple has also added the "loading" symbol (found in the App Store when one downloads an app) to the Files app, which will show the progress of various copy, compress, or move actions executed within the app. With a simple finger tap, users will be able to receive additional information concerning the expected duration and will be given the ability to cancel the process.

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