Apple’s iPadOS 14 update includes many of the same features found in iOS 14 (except for some of the Home Screen changes), but there are also a few notable features of the iPad only.
In our most recent video, we highlight some of the best new features in the iPadOS 14, some of which are also available on iPhone and some of which are unique to the larger tablet form factor.
- App Sidebars and Toolbars – The iPadOS has not received quite the same redesign that iOS did, but there are some tweaks worth noting. Applications such as Music, Photos, Calendar, Notes, Files and more have been redesigned with a sidebar offering a more consistent and streamlined browsing experience, providing direct access to more information and tools. Apple has also introduced new tools that consolidate buttons into a single bar at the top of the app.
- Upgraded menus ̵1; Along with app-designed sidebars and tooling tools, pull-down menus in embedded apps have been streamlined, providing one-button access to app tools.
- Search – The search interface is more compact and takes up less space on the iPad, plus there has been some tweaking that lets users see instant search suggestions, launch apps and websites, start in-app searches and more . It’s similar to a search in iOS 13, but more powerful and better organized.
- Scribble Scribble, which is perhaps the best new feature of the iPadOS, allows Apple Pencil users to write by hand in any text field, with the written text converted to typed text. There are all sorts of useful tools included such as scratch to delete and rotate word to select it.
- Note – Scribble brings new features to the Notes app. You can use Smart Selection to select and copy handwritten notes, plus you can copy handwritten notes and paste them as standard typed text. Makeup recognition allows you to design an imperfect shape and convert it to a perfect one, and data detectors, such as those that make an untouchable address, work with written text.
- Compact FaceTime / Phone UI – Just like on the iPhone, FaceTime and incoming calls (from the iPhone) on the iPad are displayed in a small swing that is easily rejected so that the FaceTime call no longer interrupts what you are doing on your tablet.
- Compact Siri – Like FaceTime calls, the Siri interface is too small. Siri doesn’t take over the entire iPad display when you use it, and instead looks like a small animated icon at the bottom of the screen with results provided in a banner style. Siri can be turned on, but when the Siri interface is turned on, you cannot use the display behind it.
- Safari – There are improvements with Safari in iOS and iPadOS 14. Privacy tracking lets you know which websites have site trackers working, there is an integrated translator so you don’t need to use an extension, you can see tab previews , and the Favicons are displayed in the tabs automatically so you can see what that is at a glance.
- Apple Music Lyrics – When you listen to Apple Music with iPadOS 14 and activate the feature that lets you follow along with the lyrics, the lyrics now appear in full screen.
- Emoji Popover Menu With the new emoji popover option on iPadOS 14 you can quickly turn into emoji when using a hardware keyboard with your iPad. The nifty feature of iOS 14 that lets you look emoji is, unfortunately, not available on the iPad.
Be sure to watch our video above to see all of these features in action, and for more on what’s new in iPadOS 14, check out our iPadOS 14 and iOS 14 roundups, along with Our Guides and How to Tos.
Like iOS 14, iPadOS 14 is available for developers and the public to test beta at this time, so anyone can download and try it out. The update will see an official public release this fall.