The iPad may work as a laptop replacement for casual web and email surfers, but for us photographers, it's not really a professional tool. Many photographers still own an iPad as a digital portfolio or for casual use, but its simplified operating system makes using it professionally very difficult. Apple is taking a big step forward with the iOS 9 update which finally allows multitasking and it's available right now.
IOS 9 is Apple's newest operating system for both the iPhone and iPad. Although it has a big list of new (less exciting) features, there is only one that I care about: Multitasking. Sadly, multitasking doesn't work for iPhones at this point AND multitasking doesn't work with older iPads. But if you have the current iPad Air 2, you'll want to get this update ASAP. Why is this so valuable? Imagine trying to use your laptop with only one application or one website open at a time.
Watch it in action below.
As you may have read in my iPad Pro comparison article, the iPad family certainly has a long way to go before it can replace a standard laptop, but it's still a fantastic product. I love my iPad, I use it every single day, I just don't really use it to "work" but that's ok. This update alone was enough for me to replace my iPad 3, which still works great, with the current iPad Air 2. Multitasking on the iPad is a great addition to iPad's simplified operating system and it will take it one step closer to being a laptop replacement for many casual computer users.
How To Update Your iPhone's or iPad's IOS Operating System
Simply click on the settings "app" and then click "General" and then "Software Update." To download a new operating system you will have to be connected to wifi internet. After a few minutes of downloading you will be prompted to install the new IOS. Installation took about 10 minutes on my iPhone 6.