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iPadOS Is Out Now – Here’s What It Does

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After Apple announced that the iPad would be getting its own dedicated OS, iPad users were anxious to get their hands on it. While they were able to test it out thanks to beta periods, today the company has released the complete version to the masses. If you’re unaware of what iPadOS brings to the table, then this article will clear the air for you.

While the release of iOS 13 brings with it many new features that are also available for the iPhone, this article will focus on the iPad-exclusive features. First up we have the completely revamped home screen, which reduces the icon sizes so that you can fit more apps on each page. However, even bigger than that is the ability to add the Today Widgets bar permanently to the home screen, giving the iPad more of a desktop-level experience.

Other additions include big improvements to existing iPad features, such as the Split View and Slide Over multitasking features. These features now support multiple windows from the same app, which will allow you to do things like place two Safari windows side by side. The Slide Over view also has a new option to view and switch between multiple apps with a new card-style interface. Finally, a new App Exposé feature allows you to view all open windows of a particular app and then swap between them easily.

Apple Pencil users also have some new things to look forward to, as tapping on the iPad’s display with the pencil now opens Markup. This can be used on things like web pages, documents, screenshots and emails. The feature’s tool pallet has been redesigned for quicker access to tools, as well as new features to enhance the experience.

However, the biggest improvement that Apple Pencil users will be sure to be ecstatic over is the huge improvement to latency. The Apple Pencil latency was previously 20ms, but with this new update it has been reduced to just 9ms. Buzz surrounding this feature alone has been extremely positive thus far, as many people are saying that it now feels like what using an actual pencil feels like.

There’s a lot more of this update to dig into, so click here for the full patch notes.

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X has decided to remove the option for premium users to hide checkmarks

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Last year, social network X, owned by Elon Musk, introduced a new feature that allows paid users to conceal their checkmarks from other users. Currently, the company is notifying users about the upcoming removal of the feature.

Similar to many decisions made by X, there is currently no set timeline for when the hide your checkmark feature will be removed.

Before sending notifications to users, the company took down the part of the X Premium help page that explained how to hide the checkmark feature last week. The basic level of subscribers couldn’t use the tool.

If you pay for Premium or Premium+, you can hide your markings from view on your account. There will be no sign of the checkmark on your page or posts. “The checkmark might still show up somewhere, and some features might still let other people know that you have a subscription,” the description said.

The social network started giving blue checkmarks to people with more than 2,500 “verified” followers earlier this month. The company also began giving these users the Premium subscription and users with more than 5,000 confirmed followers the Premium+ subscription.

Musk got rid of the heritage verification checkmark last year after making a subscription service for it. But the company quickly put the blue badge back on top accounts. The proof program is basically going back to what it did at first, which was to check the identities of famous people.

 

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WhatsApp is testing the Meta AI robot in India and other places

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Users in India and other markets are currently testing Meta AI, a chatbot with a sizable language model, on WhatsApp. This move indicates the company’s interest in leveraging its extensive user base to expand its AI capabilities.

According to feedback from users in India and select markets, including the U.S., the company has started testing the AI chatbot. India has over 500 million WhatsApp users, making it the largest market for the instant messaging service.

Meta officially announced the move in a statement. “Our generative AI-powered experiences are currently in different stages of development, and we are conducting limited public testing for a range of them,” a spokesperson from Meta informed.

In late September, Meta unveiled Meta AI, its general-purpose assistant. Our AI chatbot is specifically designed to provide direct answers to user queries during chats. Additionally, it has the capability to generate photorealistic images based on text prompts.

With a user base of over 2 billion monthly active users, WhatsApp provides Meta with an exceptional chance to expand its AI offerings on a global scale. With the integration of Meta AI into WhatsApp, Facebook can showcase its cutting-edge language model and image generation capabilities to a massive user base, potentially surpassing its rivals in terms of reach.

Earlier this week, the company confirmed that it will be launching Llama 3, the next version of its open source large language model, within the next month.

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Apple News is now doing a trial of a game that bears some resemblance to NYT Connections

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Apple News is now conducting a trial of a new game called Quartiles for iOS 17.5. The objective of the game is for players to arrange a grid of 20 syllables into 5 words, each consisting of four syllables. The New York Times’ most recent successful release, Connections, has a striking resemblance to the UI of Quartiles, as Gadget Hacks has noted. Did Apple News plagiarize or copy the New York Times?

Quartiles differ from connections in that they do not involve the organization of 16 words into four contiguous groups of four. It can be compared to Boggle, as it evaluates your skill in constructing words from their constituent parts. However, the act of discovering sets of four has become particularly captivating to us lately. Currently, Connections has surpassed all other games and is currently the second most popular game in the Times, following Wordle.

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Apple introduced crossword puzzles and small crossword puzzles as a new feature exclusively for Apple News+ subscribers last year. Despite the unconventional nature of a news aggregator investing in gaming, the New York Times has found success in doing so. In 2022, the newspaper acquired the game Wordle for an undisclosed amount in the range of seven figures. This acquisition resulted in the addition of “tens of millions” of new users within a single quarter. According to recent data from the Times, consumers have been dedicating a greater amount of time to playing the newspaper’s games compared to reading the news.

Apple is currently conducting beta testing for Quartiles; however, this does not guarantee its inclusion in iOS 17.5. Considering the fact that the New York Times is discreetly operating a gaming studio at present, it would be advantageous for Apple to provide a selection of fresh, preferably square-shaped games.

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