Alongside iOS 17, macOS Sonoma and watchOS 10 Apple also announced iPadOS 17 at WWDC, bringing several new features to iPads. This includes updates to widgets and the lock screen that bring iPads closer to iPhones. For the first time, iPads support custom lock screens, while home screen widgets become interactive. There is now support for Live Activities as well. Also, the Health app is now available on the iPad, taking advantage of the device’s larger display sizes.
Apple iPadOS 17 includes updates for various apps, including Notes, Messages, FaceTime and Safari. For example, in the Messages app, there’s a new consolidated sticker drawer that brings together all of a user’s stickers in one place. These include live stickers, emoji stickers, and third-party sticker packs. iPad users can also create their own stickers from photos.
PDFs are shown in full width on the display from iPadOS 17 onwards. Apple has also introduced machine learning, which allows the iPads to identify fields in a PDF file to quickly add details like names, addresses, and emails from the Contacts app.
iPadOS 17 is available in beta starting today and will be officially released later this year. The update is compatible with second-generation iPad Pro, third-generation iPad Air, sixth-generation iPad, and fifth-generation iPad mini and later.