iPadOS appears on September 30

Apple will release iPadOS on September 30, with support for the last years of iPad models.

Although it is usually only a name change, this is technically the very first release of iPadOS. In June, Apple announced that it would split iOS – until now the operating system for both the iPhone and the iPad – so that there is a separate version of the operating system for phones and tablets. It is not clear how different the two really are under the hood, but Apple is increasingly differentiating them because it adds more powerful features to the iPad.

iPadOS comes with a number of highly anticipated features, including Apple that finally adds widgets to the home screen. It also brings "desktop-class" browsing for Safari, an updated app Files and improvements to multitasking.

The operating system will debut on the new 10.2-inch iPad, for which Apple will open orders from today and which will be in stores on September 30. If you already have an iPad Air 2 or higher, an iPad Pro, a fifth generation or higher iPad or iPad mini 4 or higher, you can install the update on your existing tablet.