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Unlock iPad with a Space bar

This is a handy trick for those planning to use the Magic Keyboard with the iPad Pro. Simply double click on the space bar to wake up the iPad screen. If you are already looking at the display, then it will log you in using Face ID. The face authentication works in both the portrait and landscape orientation.

Invest In a Fast Charger

The 2021 M1 iPad Pro comes with a 20W USB-C charger out of the box. It will take you around three hours to charge the device. The iPad Pro can actually charge at speeds of up to 27W, faster than the 20W charger which Apple bundles with it. For convenience, we would advise you to buy a 30W Apple-certified charger to juice up the iPad from 0%-100% in around two hours. There are actually plenty of them available on Amazon for a relatively low price.

Use iPad to Charge Your iPhone

One of the reasons to include the M1 chip inside the iPad Pro is to deliver class-leading performance without compromising on battery life. On the flip side, you will likely find yourself in a situation where your iPhone is low on charge. In such a scenario, you can use your iPad Pro to charge your iPhone. Simply connect your iPhone to your iPad Pro using a USB Type-C to Lightning cable, and you are good to go. In fact, it can charge your Nintendo Switch and other USB-C devices using the iPad Pro as well.

Connect External Devices

iPadOS 14 now allows support for external storage drives or SD cards to your iPad Pro. Connect it to the iPad using the Type-C port, and you can access media files using the Files app on the device. This is a dream-come-true scenario for all the content creators out there. The M1 iPad Pro actually supports Thunderbolt connectivity, so you can connect high-bandwidth storage devices to it without an issue.

Zin/Unzip Files

Gone are the days when you needed a third-party app to zip or unzip files on the iPad. The default Files app allows you to compress or uncompress files on the device.

Use Center Stage During Video Calls

The 2021 iPad Pro comes with a 12MP Ultra-Wide camera lens with a 122‑degree field of view. With that, Apple has announced the Center Stage feature that uses the Ultra-Wide camera and machine learning to change the way you engage in video calls. As you move around, it automatically utilizes an ultra-wide view to keep you centered in the frame. When others join in or leave the call, the view expands or zooms in. The good news is, Center Stage isn’t limited to FaceTime only. It works with other video conferencing apps such as WhatsApp, Skype, Google Meet, and Zoom for an even more engaging experience.

Connect PS5 or Xbox Controller

The 2021 iPad Pro M1 is capable enough to run graphic-intensive games with ease. For a better experience, you can connect your existing PS5 or Xbox controller to iPad Pro via Bluetooth and enjoy a flawless gaming experience.

Switch to 4G Mode to Save Battery

The latest iPad Pro comes with 5G capabilities. If you live in those areas where 5G is available, it makes sense to use 5G for faster download speeds. Others should switch from 5G to 4G connectivity from the Settings app to save battery life on the device.

Master the Dock Gesture

To reveal the Dock, you now swipe up just a bit from the bottom of the display and pause for a sec. This will bring up the Dock. I’ll admit, this is not an easy gesture to get used to. And it’s possible that you might never get used to it. Those using a keyboard can opt for the Command + Option + D keyboard shortcut.

Reveal Control Center

Control Center plays a major role in the iPadOS. Using Control Center, you can access most-used functions such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, Camera, and more. To access the Control Center, swipe down from the top-right section of the status bar.