Apple’s iPadOS 14 update includes many of the same features as iOS 14 (minus some changes on the home screen), but there are also some important features for the iPad only.
In our latest video, we highlight some of the best new features in the iPadOS 14, some of which are also available for the iPhone, and some of which are unique to larger tablet formats.
- Side panels and toolbars – iPadOS did not get exactly the same design fix as iOS, but some improvements need to be noted. Applications such as music, photos, calendar, notes, files, and more have been redesigned with sidebars that offer a more consistent and efficient navigation experience and direct access to additional information and tools. Apple has also introduced new toolbars that combine buttons into a single toolbar at the top of the application.
- Updated drop-down menus ̵1; Along with redesigned sidebars and toolbars, drop-down menus for embedded applications have been streamlined, allowing one-button access to application tools.
- search – The search interface is more compact and takes up less space on the iPad, and there are several improvements that allow users to view instant search suggestions, launch apps and webpages, launch in-app searches, and more. It’s similar to searching on iOS 13, but more powerful and better organized.
- doodle – Scribble, possibly the best new iPadOS feature, allows Apple Pencil users to type by hand in any text field, converting handwritten text to typed text. All kinds of useful tools are included, such as a scratch to remove and circle a word that selects it.
- notes – Scribble brings new features to Notes. You can use Smart Selection to select and copy handwritten notes, and you can also copy handwritten notes and paste them as standard handwriting. Shape recognition allows you to draw an imperfect shape and have it converted to perfect. Data detectors, such as those that make an address fixed, work with handwritten text.
- Compact FaceTime / Phone user interface – As with the iPhone, incoming FaceTime calls and phone calls (from the iPhone) to the iPad appear in a small banner that can be easily canceled, so getting a FaceTime call no longer interrupts what you’re doing on the tablet.
- Compact Siri – Like FaceTime calls, the Siri interface is smaller. When used, Siri does not download the entire iPad screen and instead appears as a small animated icon at the bottom of the screen with banner-style results. You can drag Siri, but when Siri is on, you can’t use the display behind it.
- safari – Safari has been significantly improved in iOS and iPadOS 14. Privacy monitoring allows you to see which websites are running multiple site trackers. There’s a built-in compiler, so you don’t have to use an extension, you can see card previews, and Favicons appear on the tabs by default to see what’s at a glance.
- Apple Music Lyrics – When you listen to Apple Music with iPadOS 14 and activate a feature that allows you to watch along with the lyrics, the lyrics are now displayed in full screen.
- Emoji Popover Menu – With the new emoji popover option on the iPadOS 14, you can quickly enter emoji when using the iPad on a hardware keyboard. Unfortunately, the handy iOS 14 feature that allows you to search for emojis is not available on your iPad.
Be sure to check out our video above to see all these features in action, and to learn more about what’s new in iPadOS 14, check out our iPadOS 14 and iOS 14 summaries along with our Tos manuals and manuals.
Like the iOS 14, the iPadOS 14 is currently available to developers and public beta testers, so anyone can download and try it out. An official public release will appear in the update this year.