Apple’s iPadOS 14 update includes many of the same features found in iOS 14 (minus some of the changes to the home screen), but there are also some notable features just for the iPad.
In our latest video, we highlight some of the best new features in iPadOS 14, some of which are also available on the iPhone, and some of them are unique to the larger tablet shape factor.
- Sidebars for applications and toolbars – iPadOS did not get a similar design similar to iOS, but there are some tweaks that are worth noting. Applications such as music, photos, calendar, notes, files, and more are reworked with sidebars that offer more consistent and streamlined navigation, providing direct access to more information and tools. Apple has also introduced new toolbars that consolidate the buttons into a single bar at the top of the app.
- Updated drop-down menus ̵
- Search – The search interface is more compact and takes up less space on the iPad, and there are some refinements that allow users to see instant search suggestions, launch apps and websites, start app searches, and more. It is similar to the search in iOS 13, but more powerful and better organized.
- scratch – Scribble, which is probably the best new feature on iPadOS, allows Apple Pencil users to write in any text box, converting handwritten text to typed text. All kinds of useful tools are included, such as scratching to delete and traversing a word to select it.
- notes – Scribble brings new features to the Notes application. You can use Smart Selection to select and copy handwritten notes, plus you can copy handwritten notes and paste them as standard text input. Shape recognition allows you to draw an imperfect shape and make it perfect, and data detectors, such as touch addressing, work with handwritten text.
- Compact interface for FaceTime / Phone – Just like on the iPhone, incoming calls on FaceTime and on the phone (from iPhone) on the iPad are displayed in a small banner that is easily rejected, so receiving a FaceTime call no longer interrupts what you do on your tablet.
- Compact Siri – Like FaceTime calls, the Siri interface is smaller. Siri does not take over the entire iPad display when you use it, and instead appears as a small animated icon at the bottom of the screen with banner-style results. Siri can be moved, but when the Siri interface is ready, you cannot use the display behind it.
- safari – There are major improvements to Safari in iOS and iPadOS 14. Privacy tracking lets you know which websites are running tracking sites, has a built-in translator, so you don’t need to use an extension, you can see a section overview, and Favicons are shown in the default tabs so you can see what’s going on at a glance.
- Apple Music Lyrics – When you listen to Apple Music with iPadOS 14 and activate the feature that allows you to follow along with the lyrics, the lyrics are now displayed in full screen.
- Emoji Popover menu – With the new emoji lubrication option in iPadOS 14, you can quickly insert emojis when using a hardware keyboard with your iPad. The sophisticated iOS 14 feature that allows you to search for emojis is unfortunately not available on the iPad.
Be sure to watch our video above to see all these features in action and for more information on the latest iPadOS 14, check out our iPadOS 14 and iOS 14 circles, along with our Tutorials and How Tos.
Like iOS 14, iPadOS 14 is currently available for developers and public beta testers, so anyone can download and try it out. The update will be an official public version this fall.