What is new in iPadOS? Should I upgrade now?

Good news! Apple has now pushed the latest version of its software live. It’s the first time Apple has made a piece of software that’s specifically designed for iPads. It’s now ready to download around the world, and it should come up as iPadOS 13.1 when you’re ready to download it.

The new operating system is a big change for Apple, which finally committed to splitting the iPad’s software from the iPhone’s iOS it had run on since the tablet first came out.

The update means iPad owners are finally able to play Apple Arcade, the new gaming subscription service – and enjoy all the new tricks and tweaks coming to Apple tablets.

Which iPads work with iPadOS?

The following iPads can get an update to iPadOS now:

  • iPad Pro 12.9 (2018)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (2015)
  • iPad Pro 11 (2018)
  • iPad Pro 10.5 (2017)
  • iPad Pro 9.7 (2016)
  • iPad Air (2019)
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad (2018)
  • iPad (2017)
  • iPad Mini (2019)
  • iPad Mini 4

Below, we have a list of the best iPadOS features you’re now able to experience when the new software hits your slate. It “builds on the same foundation as iOS,” according to Apple, but expect iPadOS to grow more into its own operating system over time.

iPadOS brings a variety of critical improvements to the tablet UI. Some of these make better use of screen real estate while others introduce new gesture controls (and even mouse support) for a better tablet experience.

1. New iPadOS home screen

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The first big change over you’ll notice in iPadOS is on the new home screen. The grid of app icons is tighter, allowing you to fit more on the screen and reducing the amount of dead space on the display.

With a tighter grid of apps, there’s now an option to show Today View alongside them, for a more useful overview screen.

It can be added to the Home screen for quick access to widgets with a simple swipe from the left side of the screen, and you can switch out the widgets pinned here to display the ones most relevant to you.

 

2. iPadOS gets USB drive and SD card support

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External storage fans rejoice! iPadOS allows you to plug a USB drive or SD card reader into your iPad, and the Files app will be able to read the plugin and allow you to easily manage data between the iPad’s internal storage and the external drive.

Files gets a Column View to better take advantage of the iPad’s wide screen, and the iCloud Drive allows folder sharing, and will show content from a USB drive or SD card if they’re plugged in.

There’s good news for photographers too, as support is being built into iPadOS to allow you to plug your camera into your iPad and import images directly into editing apps such as Lightroom.

3. DARK MODE

Apple put some care into getting this right, it’s far more than just an inversion of white and black. You’ll find a surprising number of apps support it — even if they are still in the minority, it’s more than I expected at this point.

I especially like that you can just set it on a schedule, just like with Night Shift. I still think that dark mode is more of a UI trend than a genuine improvement, but that’s not a knock against it. User interfaces have trends just like fashion, but I think dark mode is going to last if only because it makes the screen so much nicer to view at night.

4. New FILES APP

When Apple switched the iPad Pro over to USB-C, everybody started thinking about that port as useful for something other than a charger. And with iOS 12, very few things actually worked.

With iPadOS, that port has been allowed to do more things, and the best set of features is in the Files app. It can read USB drives and cards directly now, and you can even unplug those devices without the operating system chiding you.

But Apple did much more than that. It added a column view, set it up to work better with external servers, and finally allows you to just set up and organize local folders more easily.

Related: Safari has a proper download manager now that can download nearly any file, not just the limited set that iOS allowed before.

5. iPadOS performance boost

Your current iPad could get a performance boost when iPadOS arrives, with Apple claiming that its tablet-specific operating system is quicker than iOS 12.

It says Face ID unlocks are up to 30% faster, while apps launch up to twice as fast as on iOS 12 – and apps themselves should be smaller in download size (by up to 50%), taking up less of that precious storage space.

6. Desktop-quality websites and browsing on iPadOS

The Safari web browser is also improved with iPadOS, because it’s no longer purely tied to iOS and a mobile ecosystem.

That’s right: you’re no longer just viewing mobile sites, as iPadOS views websites in a modified desktop view that’s a bit cleaner and optimized for touch.

It doesn’t just work with Apple’s websites either – the likes of Google Docs and WordPress web apps will also work better with Safari on iPadOS.

Apple’s browser will also get a download manager, 30 new keyboard shortcuts, and improved tab management when iPadOS lands later this year.

7. New iPadOS gestures

In some apps, you’ll also be able to two-finger-pinch the keyboard to shrink it to iOS mobile size and move it around. Plunk it next to the side of the screen and boom: you can type on it with one thumb.

Add to that the new gestures for the home screen and multi-tasking, and there may be a learning curve required to get used to all the new interactions which come with iPadOS.

8. Markup and much more on iPadOS

Markup also gets an update, and you’ll be able to mark up entire web pages, documents and emails.

A simple swipe up from the corner with your Apple Pencil launches markup and brings up the newly-redesigned tool palette, which can be dragged around and repositioned anywhere on the screen.

And speaking of the Pencil, Apple has reduced the latency of its input from 20ms to 9ms, which means you’ll get a more natural, pen-like experience when using it.

9. Mouse support for iPadOS

iPadOS does support connecting a mouse to your iPad, though it’s not something you’ll find front-and-center on the official iPadOS features list.

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith initially tweeted out instructions he’d discovered to connect a mouse through new Accessibility settings, and Tom’s Guide successfully activated a mouse on an iPad.

While it doesn’t seem to be the smoothest thing, we’re excited for a serious leap in the iPad family’s productivity potential and accessibility.

 

Conclusion

Again, you should not judge what you are installing today based on this, but you might want to be prepared for some weirdness still. I can’t help but think that iPadOS is getting pushed out a little early because it needs to go out with iOS 13.1 — which itself needs to be rushed out because iOS 13.0 is super buggy.

Luckily, the most catastrophic bugs (like losing data in iCloud) seem to have been well and thoroughly quashed. But you might have some apps crash or freeze. Waiting a little longer to install — or at least avoiding installing on day one — is never a terrible idea.

nopCommerce vs. WooCommerce – Which Ecommerce for your store?

An Overview of nopCommerce and WooCommerce

nopCommerce is a leading ASP.NET based open source e-commerce software, running on Windows Server 2008 or above operating system and IIS 7.0 or above web servers, and using MS SQL Server 2008 or greater databases to manage and store information. With more than 1.8 million downloads, nopCommerce becomes the home of 3,500 live shops of online merchants, small and medium businesses. Seeing the great popularity of nopCommerce, almost all best Windows hosting providers have nopCommerce support, some even integrate 1-click installation with their plans.

WooCommerce, on the other hand, is a highly customizable e-commerce platform exclusively developed for WordPress users. To ensure stably running a WooCommerce-powered online store, you need a reliable WordPress hosting meeting the minimum system requirements like PHP 7, MySQL 5.6 or MariaDB 10.0, WordPress memory limit of 128MB, and HTTPS support. After a decade of development, WooCommerce now has been downloaded over 1 million times and powering 30% of all online stores.

Pricing and Installation

Since both nopCommerce and WooCommerce are open source projects built and tweaked along with way by contributors from all over the world, they don’t cost a dime. What you actually need to pay in the process of getting a nopCommerce or WooCommerce e-commerce site up and running is the domain name registration and hosting fees, plus other add-ons fees.

However, please note that there will be additional cost for woocommerce if you wish to have multi store or multivendor.

As to installation, you can install nopCommerce automatically using and auto-installer or manually using the nopCommerce installer from its official website. It depends on whether your ASP.NET hosting provider has nopCommerce integration into their control panel. Contrarily, WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin, so you can easily have it installed on the existing website.

Winner: 

Features

nopCommerce offers a wealth of features for the purpose of helping you create a powerful, professional online store. For example, you can benefit from the pluggable modular/layered architecture to dynamically add additional functionality and elements to your nopCommerce site at run-time. Other highlighted features of nopCommerce include the multi-store support, which allows you to run multiple online stores from a single nopCommerce installation, and the multi-vendor support that enables you to sell online without having to stock inventory.

Compared to nopCommerce, WooCommerce seems feature limited. Nevertheless, the e-commerce platform gives you everything you may need for a successful start, such as great reporting tools, powerful SEO solutions, and convenient inventory management. WooCommerce also allows you to sell both digital and physical products, upsell, cross-sell, add product attributes, and apply discount coupons, etc.

Winner:

Extensions & Themes

nopCommerce doesn’t have a wide selection of third-party extensions and themes as Shoptify or Magento probably because of a bunch of options built-in.

WooCommerce has been proud of a multitude of extensions in category of payments, shipping, product type, marketing, enhancements, and more, thanks to the huge and constantly growing community of WordPress and WooCommerce fans. As well, you can have access to thousands of different store designs through WordPress themes. In other words, you are less likely to run into the same exact design if you take the WooCommerce route.

Winner: 

Management

As a result of a great number of out-of-the-box features available, new business owners might feel overwhelming to run and manage a nopCommerce site. It also explains why the e-commrece platform remains greater popularity among developers than ordinary users.

If you’re familiar with WordPress, you can quickly get hang of WooCommerce. Even newbies can accomplish how to create and alter products, manage WooCommerce categories, arrange customers efficiently, do additional data manipulations and much more at lightning speed.

Winner:

Verdict—nopCommerce or WooCommerce?

Based on our analysis of the two e-commerce solutions, both nopCommerce and WooCommerce are quite competitive in specific area.

To sum up, the biggest difference between nopCommerce and WooCommerce is the programming language the platforms are built on – nopCommerce is .NET based, while WooCommerce is PHP based.

Other differences include the fact that WooCommerce has built-in CMS features, whereas nopCommerce store owners will have to purchase an extension to add such features to their stores.

On the other hand, nopCommerce has multi-store and multi-vendor support out of the box, whereas WooCommerce doesn’t. If you want to add such features to your WooCommerce store, you will need to purchase an extension or a theme that supports them.

However, despite its recent growth, nopCommerce is still behind WooCommerce in all market share segments.