iPadOS 15 enables iPhone apps in landscape mode for iPad users


Apple announced iPadOS 15 earlier today during the WWDC 2021 opening keynote with several new features including home screen widgets, improved multitasking, an app library, and more. However, a small but interesting detail is that iPhone apps can now run in landscape mode on the iPad with iPadOS 15.

Previously, on the iPad, if you installed an iPhone app that didn’t fully support the tablet’s larger display, it would run in iPhone format with black borders around it instead of full screen. However, that changes with iPadOS 15.

The latest version of the operating system allows these apps to run in landscape mode, so you can easily use them without having to rotate the iPad to portrait orientation. This was a problem for iPad users with a smart keyboard or magic keyboard, as you cannot use these accessories with the iPad in an upright position.

iPadOS 15 is now available in developer beta, and a public beta will be released in July. The official release, however, doesn’t arrive until this fall. The update brings fundamental changes to how notifications are handled, new features in iMessage, more privacy controls, and more.

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