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Apple Plans to Make the iPad More Like a Laptop and Less Like a Phone

  • Company planning new multitasking features for iPadOS 16
  • New iOS, watchOS, macOS and tvOS updates are also coming
Apple iPad Pro equipped with the Magic Keyboard
Apple iPad Pro equipped with the Magic KeyboardPhotographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

Apple Inc. will announce significant changes to the iPad’s software next week at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, according to people with knowledge of the matter, part of a push to make the device more like a laptop and less like a phone.

The iPad’s next major software update, iPadOS 16, will have a redesigned multitasking interface that makes it easier to see what apps are open and switch between tasks, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the changes aren’t yet public. It also will let users resize app windows and offer new ways for users to handle multiple apps at once.