iOS 12 Brings iPhone X Gestures To iPad

Apple has wrapped up its WWDC 2018 opening keynote and while there is absolutely plenty to be getting the teeth into right now, one of the changes that may have gone unnoticed could potentially be a big deal for iPad owners and it relates to how gestures are used on the tablet.

When users install iOS 12 later this year, they will be able to use iPhone X-like gestures for closing apps and accessing features such as Control Center.

The change will allow iPad users to swipe up from the bottom of the device in order to return to the Home screen, while a swipe down from the top-right of the display will invoke Control Center. These new gestures build on the existing four and five-finger gestures that have been around for some time and mimic the gestures first used as part of the iPhone X launch last September.

Interestingly, as part of this move, the iPad also appears to have had its clock moved to the left side of the Status Bar in iOS 12, suggesting that the center of that bar will be used for something else in the future. Rumors have already suggested that we should expect to see at least one iPad launch with an iPhone X-like notch this year and this move would certainly make that more likely in our eyes.

This is, of course, only the initial iOS 12 beta release, however, so it is important to note that anything could change ahead of the software’s official launch later this year.

Many remain unsure of the gesture to invoke Control Center on the iPhone X, and they are unlikely to be pleased to learn that it has now made the move to the iPad as well.

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