Apple has finally announced iPadOS 14, so we now know how iPads will change when it eventually rolls out towards the end of the year. The new tablet operating system update is based on iOS 14, but with a few extra features which might transform how you use your iPad.
iPadOS, released in 2019, was a forked version of iOS which had a few features designed just for iPads, and iPadOS 14, its successor, announced alongside iOS 14 at Apple’s WWDC 2020 event, continues that legacy with changes for accessibility and the Apple Pencil, as well as other things.
The following features are ones Apple has confirmed are coming to iPadOS 14.
iPadOS – Calls
Similar to the miniaturization of Siri, taking a call on iPad no longer brings up the full-screen interface. Instead, a notification appears on-screen that doesn’t cover content, which can also be quickly flicked away.
iPadOS – Universal Search
Search has been upgraded to become an app launcher, as well as being able to search within apps, and to start web searches. The search bar also appears as a hovering bar, which again minimizes any covering of in-use apps.
To make editing handwriting as easy to edit as text. Individual words can be tapped for changes, such as altering the color, with the elements able to be copied and pasted between apps.
Simple shapes will automatically convert to a more professional and ideal version.
The Apple Pencil can also be used to enter text into a text box, with the handwriting recognition converting writing into text. Handwriting from the clipboard pasted to a text box will automatically become text.
The first new feature Apple mentioned for iPadOS 14 is an improvement for its own apps – it used Photos as an example, and mentioned Notes and Files too – which adds a sidebar to improve navigation, in the same way that macOS has a bar at the side of Finder windows which shows all the menus available.
If it wasn’t already clear that Apple wants iPadOS to feel like a ‘Lite’ version of macOS, it certainly is now.
iPadOS 14 widgets
Arguably the biggest new iOS 14 feature is widgets, and this is coming to iPadOS too – and it’s possible that these will be even more useful on the larger iPad screens.
Widgets let you bring little snapshots of an app’s functionality to your home screen –say a music controller for your Spotify music, or blobs that show how much money you’ve got in your bank account. In iPadOS 13 you could see these to the side of the home screen, but you couldn’t move them about to different screens – now you can.
iPadOS 14 Siri
As with iOS 14, Siri is getting an overhaul with iPadOS 14, which includes smarter machine learning for improved results, and compact notifications for incoming calls instead of a total screen takeover.
iPadOS 14 Compatibility
Apple has officially unveiled its iPadOS 14 compatibility list, and it includes all the devices that were able to get the original iPadOS build, plus the new iPads released since.
- iPad Pro 12.9 (2020)
- iPad Pro 11 (2020)
- iPad Pro 12.9 (2018)
- iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)
- iPad Pro 12.9 (2015)
- iPad Pro 11 (2018)
- iPad Pro 10.5 (2017)
- iPad Pro 9.7 (2016)
- iPad Air (2019)
- iPad Air 2
- iPad (10.2)
- iPad (2018)
- iPad (2017)
- iPad Mini (2019)
- iPad Mini 4
iPadOS 14 release date and availability
However, the Covid-19 pandemic has reportedly caused the iPhone 12 release to be pushed back, and we’re not sure by how much, so we could see iPadOS 14 released at any point from the eventual iPhone launch date to the end of the year, or perhaps even 2021.
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