iPadOS 15

Work wonders.
With ease.

iPad enables you to do so much, so easily. iPadOS 15 takes this versatility further, making it easier to get things done, find and organize information, and make iPad even more capable.

See the preview of iPadOS 16


The large iPad screen is great for working with multiple apps, taking your productivity to a whole new level. And now with iPadOS 15, multitasking is easier to discover, easier to use, and even more powerful.

New Multitasking menu

Tap to reveal a new Multitasking menu that lets you create a full screen, Slide Over, Split View, and in some instances, a center window, so you can work on multiple apps at once.

Choose an app

When you choose a multitasking layout, you get access to your Home Screen, where you can select from your apps, and choose which ones you want to work with at the same time.

Split View

Your apps appear side by side. Swipe down from the top of the app you want to replace, then choose a new one from the Home Screen.

Choose an app

When you choose a multitasking layout, you get access to your Home Screen, where you can select from your apps, and choose which ones you want to work with at the same time.

Split View

Your apps appear side by side. Swipe down from the top of the app you want to replace, then choose a new one from the Home Screen.

Center window

Touch and hold to bring an email, note, or message to the center of the screen without leaving your current view. The Multitasking menu appears here, too.

The new shelf

View all the open windows for an app and quickly switch between them with the new shelf. You can even add and close windows.

App Switcher

Now you can create Split View spaces in one screen with the App Switcher. Create a Split View by dragging one app over another.

Keyboard shortcuts

Attach a keyboard to your iPad and view a list of all shortcuts. Press and hold the Command key to view shortcuts for an app, multitasking, and more.

Widgets and App Library

There are so many things you can do with iPad and all the amazing apps designed for it. Now App Library automatically organizes those apps for you. And new widgets let you see information at a glance, right on your Home Screen.

Widgets on the Home Screen

Now you can place widgets among apps on your iPad. And with a new larger widget size, you can take full advantage of the iPad canvas.

All-new widgets

Find My, Contacts, Game Center, App Store, and Mail all have new widgets. And many widgets now come in the new larger size.

App Library

App Library is now on iPad. It automatically organizes your apps into helpful categories like Productivity and Games. And for quick access, it’s built right into the Dock.

Quick Note and Notes

iPad is the world’s best note-taking device. And now Notes goes system‑wide with Quick Note, a fast and easy way to get to a note no matter what you’re doing.1

Start a Quick Note anywhere

Jot down information over any app or screen. Start a Quick Note with a keyboard shortcut, from Control Center, or with a swipe up from the corner using your finger or Apple Pencil.

Thumbnails appear in context

Highlight text in Safari or add a link from an app, and you’ll see a Quick Note thumbnail next time you visit the site, taking you right to what you were viewing before. And if you make a Quick Note on your iPad, it will be on your iPhone and Mac, too.

View all Quick Notes

Access all of your Quick Notes right in the Notes app.

Organize and notify

Tag a note using the # symbol and a keyword, then find it later in the Tag Browser. See what others have added to your shared note with the Activity view, and notify them with mentions. To notify someone on a note, just type a person's name and it will be highlighted.

New experiences.
True connections.

Staying in touch is more essential than ever. With SharePlay, you can watch together, listen together, and share your screen right inside FaceTime.2 FaceTime calls also sound and feel more natural. And Messages makes it even easier to find and enjoy the great content shared from friends and family.


Introducing SharePlay

Keep FaceTime conversations going as you watch TV shows and movies, listen to music, or share your screen. SharePlay is an entirely new way to have experiences with family and friends, no matter the distance.

Watch together

Stream movies and TV shows while on a FaceTime call with friends. With synced playback and controls, you’ll see everyone laugh, jump, and react to the same moments at the same time. And the volume automatically adjusts, so you can keep talking while you watch.

Listen together

Get together and listen to an album with friends. The whole group can see what’s next and add songs to a shared queue with synced playback and easy‑to‑use controls.

Spatial audio

Individual voices sound like they’re coming from the direction in which each person is positioned on your screen, helping conversations flow more naturally.3

Grid view

Grid view shows people on your FaceTime call in the same-size tiles, so you can have better conversations with a large group. The speaker is automatically highlighted so you always know who’s talking.

Portrait mode

Inspired by Portrait mode in Camera, this new video effect puts the focus on you, not what’s behind you.3

Mic modes

Voice Isolation minimizes background noise and puts your voice front and center. When the music or sounds around you are as important as what you have to say, Wide Spectrum leaves the ambient sound unfiltered.3

Invite anyone to FaceTime

Now you can send friends and family a link to connect on FaceTime — even if they’re using Windows or Android.2 And it’s still end-to-end encrypted, so your call is as private and secure as any other FaceTime call.

Messages and Memoji

Shared with You

Now the links, images, and other content shared with you in Messages are featured in a new Shared with You section in the corresponding app. You can even reply right from the app you’re enjoying it from — without going back to Messages.

Shared with You in apps

Shared with You is built into Photos, Safari, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and the Apple TV app.

New Memoji

Now you can choose outfits for your Memoji and express yourself with new stickers. Represent your look and style with multicolor headwear. And accessibility customizations now include cochlear implants, oxygen tubes, and soft helmets.

Photo collections

Multiple photos in Messages now appear as a collage or an elegant stack of images that you can swipe through. Tap to view them all as a grid or add a quick Tapback. And save them to your library with just a few taps.

Be in the moment.

A powerful new set of tools gives you more control over how you prioritize your time and attention. So you can find balance and stay focused on whatever you’re doing in the moment.


Match your devices to your mindset

Focus helps you stay in the moment when you need to concentrate or step away. Choose from a list of Focus options or create your own to allow only the notifications you want — you can get work done while you’re in the zone or enjoy a distraction‑free dinner.

Signal your status

Stepping away is easier if others know you’re busy. So when you're using Focus, your status will be automatically displayed in Messages and shared with other communication apps you allow. And for truly urgent messages, there’s still a way for people to notify you.


Redesigned notifications

Notifications have a new look, including contact photos and larger app icons to make them easier to identify.

Notification summary

Quickly catch up with a helpful collection of your notifications delivered daily, based on a schedule you set. The summary is intelligently ordered by priority, with the most relevant notifications at the top.

Brand-new ways of looking at the world.

Exploration has never looked better. Maps delivers incredible new details that go beyond simply taking you from point A to point B. And Safari offers even more ways for you to explore online.


Tab Groups

Save and organize your tabs in the way that works best for you and switch between them easily. Tab Groups sync across devices so you have access to your tabs from anywhere.


Now you can install Safari extensions on your iPad. And just like on Mac, you can choose when the extensions will be active.


All-new city experience

Explore cities with unprecedented detail for roads, neighborhoods, trees, buildings, and more. Visit amazing 3D landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge in both the day and dark mode maps.3

Interactive globe

Discover the natural beauty of Earth with a rich and interactive globe. Explore new enhanced details for mountain ranges, deserts, forests, oceans, and more.3

Intelligence designed to be helpful.

There is so much rich information in your photos, from memorable places you’ve visited to handwritten family recipes. iPadOS 15 uses secure on-device intelligence to help you discover more in your photos, quickly find what you’re looking for, and relive special moments.

Live Text

Live Text in photos

Live Text intelligently unlocks rich and useful information in images, so you can make a call, send an email, or look up directions with just a tap on the highlighted text in a photo.4

Live Text translation

Live Text understands seven different languages: English, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. And with system‑wide translation, you can simply tap and translate.

Visual Look Up

Discover more in photos

Learn more about the objects in your photos. Visual Look Up highlights objects and scenes it recognizes so you can get more information about them.5

Learn more with a tap

With Visual Look Up, you can quickly learn more about art, landmarks, nature, books, and pets simply by tapping a photo on your device or on the web.


Rich results and photos search

Spotlight shows you more information at a glance with new rich search results for your contacts. And you can now search your photos in Spotlight, and even search based on text in your photos by using Live Text.


Interactive Memories with a new look

Memories introduces a new interactive, immersive interface, along with new Memory mixes that let you personalize the look and feel of your story with a song and vibe to match.

Apple Music + Memories

Tens of millions of songs in the Apple Music library. Now available in Memories.

Swift Playgrounds

Swift Playgrounds brings a new level of productivity to iPad, and now its capabilities go even further. Learn code, build real apps with SwiftUI, and see your ideas come to life on the App Store.


Build apps with SwiftUI, which makes development easy. The code you write is immediately reflected in the live preview of your app. And for beginners, there’s a guide to creating your first app.

Code completion

Swift Playgrounds now supports improved code completion, so you can start typing and quickly add the suggestion to your code. You also have access to the full library of UI components.

Submit to App Store

your work
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App Store.


Universal Control

A single keyboard and mouse or trackpad now work seamlessly between your Mac and iPad — they’ll even connect to more than one of the same device. Move your cursor from your Mac right to your iPad, type on your Mac, and it shows up on your iPad.7

Work across devices

Connect a mouse and keyboard to work on your iPad and Mac at the same time.

Learn more about macOS Monterey


Great features should not have to come at the expense of your privacy. iPadOS 15 provides increased visibility into how apps access your data, protects you from unwanted data collection, and gives you more control over what you choose to share.

App Privacy Report

See how apps are using the permissions you’ve granted them, which domains they contact, and how recently they made contact.


iCloud has always kept your important information — like photos, documents, and notes — safe, up to date, and accessible across all your devices. Now iCloud+ takes that experience a step further, with an all‑new subscription that will replace today’s storage plans.8

Introducing iCloud+

Get everything you already love about iCloud — and new features including iCloud Private Relay, Hide My Email, and expanded HomeKit Secure Video support.9

iCloud Private Relay

Browse the web with more privacy.

Hide My Email

Instantly generate unique, random email addresses that forward to your personal inbox — so you don’t have to share your real email address when filling out a form on the web or signing up for a newsletter. Hide My Email is built into Mail, Safari, and iCloud Settings.

And so much more.


Customize display and text size settings for each app. Bold or enlarge text, increase contrast, invert colors, and more for only the apps you want. Navigate receipts and nutrition label values in logical order. And move your finger over a photo to discover a person’s position relative to other objects in the image.


The Translate app is now on iPadOS. System‑wide translation lets you translate text that you select, even in many third‑party apps. In the app, Auto Translate and face to face view improve conversation flow and make it easier to follow along.

Find My.

See your family’s and friends’ locations with continuous updates. Locate your devices using the Find My network if they’ve been erased, or for up to 24 hours even after they’ve been turned off.

Apple ID.

Account Recovery Contacts makes resetting your password and maintaining access to your account easier than ever. And a new Digital Legacy program lets you designate people as Legacy Contacts so they can access your account in the event of your death.


You can now browse and start games from the new Games category in App Library or easily capture an exciting moment with a wide variety of game controllers. And Game Center makes it easier to play with your most recent Messages friends and groups.

See the full list of what’s new in iPadOS.

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iPadOS is compatible with these devices.

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  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad (9th generation)
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (6th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (5th generation)
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

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iOS 15

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In the moment.

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