Apple broke the internet and stole all the headlines this June 5 with the launch conference of the WWDC23 where he presented his Mixed Reality (RM) device. But there were also other announcements that in another order of circumstances would have been more impressive, such as the presentation of iPadOS 17.
The operating system for the tablets of the boys from Cupertino was seen for a long time as an almost unnecessary extension of iOS, but now with this new update the feeling is that they are finally taking that necessary leap to feel like something new and independent with its own identity. .
Among the improvements presented for we find better fluidity with the use of predictive text, Widgets on the lock screen, a greater degree of options with the integration of interactive widgets, the option to use multiple timers, the new Health app and new ways of working with PDF files.
In the end, during the Vision Pro itself, it was possible to realize that the mobile operating system for the iPad family would actually be the basis of the visual aesthetics and interface of all the apps that will run on the RM glasses.
All under the simple and basic argument that in both it will be essential to use both hands to navigate the menus and use the functions. Unfortunately, not all tablet models will receive this update.
iPadOS 17: which iPad model will be compatible with this Operating System
Usually every Manzana or google release a new version of their mobile operating systems, the list of compatible devices that aspire to receive the update is usually extensive.
But in the specific case of the iPad the dynamics are somewhat different. All to a large extent due to the history of launching new models, with a somewhat uneven pace, and in this particular case due to the hardware requirements.
So for the case of iPadOS 17 the list of compatible models that will receive this new platform will be somewhat limited:
- iPad mini (5th generation and later)
- iPad (6th generation and later)
- iPad Air (3rd generation and later)
- iPad Pro (2nd generation and later)
This leaves out the fifth-generation iPad, which did get iPadOS 16 last year, but won’t get iPadOS 17.
Unfortunately this also applies to the first-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which also got iPadOS 16, but won’t have access to iPadOS 17.
Needless to say, all models older than the ones on the list will be left out.