Apple iPads will support new external hardware with iPadOS 16 DriverKit update

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This week, Apple hosted its WWDC event, ushering in a new era of software for its iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS 13 devices. While there were plenty of highlights, iPadOS 16 might be the most curious. , as the new update further blurs the lines between Apple’s tablet and computing products. Additionally, iPadOS 16 will allow manufacturers to create drivers for iPads, ushering in a new wave of devices that can be connected to Apple’s tablet.

Previously, DriverKit was used exclusively on Apple’s Mac computer products and was introduced in 2019. It was developed in order to provide a more reliable and secure method of delivering drivers to Mac users. With iPadOS 16, Apple offers the same reliability and security, but on a different platform. If there’s one caveat to the system, it’s that it currently only applies to iPads powered by Apple’s own silicon. For now, that means iPads are running an M1 chip.

New hardware support for M1-powered iPads thanks to DriverKit

As for other benefits, developers who have created drivers for Mac in the past using DriverKit will be able to use the same drivers on iPadOS without the need for conversion. Additionally, using Xcode 14’s cross-platform apps feature, developers will be able to create an app that can ship to both Mac and iPad. Right off the bat, DriverKit for iPadOS will offer support for USB, audio, and PCI devices, i.e. support for Thunderbolt devices.

If that sounds appealing to you, you can experiment with the developer version of iPadOS 16. But that’s probably not recommended for a daily-used device. A more stable version of the operating system will arrive next month in the public beta. Apple will officially launch iPadOS 16, bringing other improvements like a new multitasking experience and support for external displays in fall 2022.

Source: Apple
Via: 9to5Mac

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