Apple has rejigged the text-selection engine, and the cut/copy/paste tools, in iOS 13 and iPadOS, and they’re amazing. For the last ten years, selecting and manipulating text has been a frustrating nightmare on the iPad. Try to select a couple of words in Safari, for instance — a package delivery tracking number, for instance — and the selection would bounce back and forth between a few characters, and the entire page.
It was enough to drive you back to the comfort of the Mac’s mouse pointer.
In iOS 13, though, this has all changed. Even in the early betas, text selection is accurate and predictable. And the new copy/paste gesture shortcuts become second nature almost immediately.