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Apple has just released the latest version of its operating system designed specifically for iPads, iPadOS 16.4. While this update doesn’t bring any major new features, it does offer a handful of smaller updates and tweaks that enhance the overall user experience.
One of the most notable additions is the inclusion of several new shortcuts, including a specific shortcut for toggling Stage Manager. These shortcuts allow users to control device settings more efficiently and can save valuable time when performing routine tasks.
In addition to the new shortcuts, iPadOS 16.4 also includes several other smaller feature changes, such as the return of the Apple Books page curl animation, web app push notifications, and the ability for Mastodon links shared in iMessage to appear as rich links.
Of course, the release of iPadOS 16.4 comes just a few months before the highly anticipated Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2023. As such, many users may be disappointed that this update doesn’t offer any significant new features.
However, it’s worth noting that the beta period for iPadOS 16.4 didn’t reveal many new features for this release. In fact, users can expect many of the same updates as iOS 16.4, which was released at the same time.
One thing to keep in mind is that while many of the updates in iPadOS 16.4 are also available in iOS 16.4, some are specific to the iPad. For example, the “Set Stage Manager” shortcut will only work on iPads with M-series processors.
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Despite the lack of major new features, iPad users should still take advantage of this update to improve their overall experience. Installing the update is simple – just open the Settings app, select General, then select Software Update, and finally select “Update to iPadOS 16.4.” If an iPad is set to update automatically, it will handle downloading and installing the update on the user’s behalf.
All in all, while iPadOS 16.4 may not be the most exciting update, it still brings some welcome changes and improvements to the iPad experience. And with WWDC just a few months away, we can expect to see some more significant updates coming down the pipeline soon.