At WWDC 20, Apple announced iPadOS 14, building on the already announced iOS 14 features like home screen widgets. Apple is expanding stock apps with unique iPad design elements like sidebars in Photos and Apple Music. Interfaces like Siri and incoming phone calls are now modal experiences rather than full-screen overlays.

There is also a new search experience, system-wide handwriting recognition, and other changes designed to make the iPad experience work better with Apple Pencil and the Magic Keyboard.

With iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple has overhauled the widget experience with new sizes and layouts. For the first time, you can drag widgets to place them in between your app icons.

Apple has improved Spotlight Search to mirror the Mac experience, with a non-modal search field that floats in the middle of the screen. You can use a connected keyboard to quickly launch apps or actions.

iPadOS 14 is available now as a developer beta and will be available this fall for all users. A public beta will be available in July. In even better news, all iPads that run iPadOS 13 will be able to update to the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system.

What devices can run iPadOS 14?

  • iPad Air 2 and later
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad 5th generation and later
  • iPad mini 4 and later

iPadOS 14 Stories May 18, 2021

As Apple continues its transition to Apple Silicon in the Mac, and introduces new iPad Pro models, I am once again here to ask for a nano-texture display option on more products. Apple last year debuted a 27-inch iMac with the nano-texture matte display option from the Pro Display XDR, and I’d like to see it come to the iPad and MacBook lineups next.

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iPadOS 14 Stories February 2, 2021

In addition to the major changes introduced with iOS 14.5, such as the ability to unlock your iPhone with your Apple Watch, there are a pair of small but notable changes in iPadOS 14.5. For the first time, the iPad now supports emoji search and a new landscape boot screen.

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iPadOS 14 Stories December 23, 2020

Apple is planning a major new privacy feature for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, and it will require that companies request permission before tracking users across other apps and websites. While Apple has not provided details on when this feature will debut, it appears that the early groundwork is starting to roll out.

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iPadOS 14 Stories October 2, 2020

An iPad widgets concept perhaps provides the answer to why Apple didn’t do what many of us wanted: allow flexible positioning of widgets on the iPad, in the same way as on the iPhone.

I raised the issue as soon as iPadOS 14 was announced …

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iPadOS 14 Stories October 1, 2020

iOS 14 home screen widgets have proven to be immensely popular, and while they are also available in iPadOS 14, there’s one major limitation. On iPad, widgets can only be added to the Today view sidebar, but a new concept imagines what the iPad home screen might look like if that were to change.

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iPadOS 14 Stories September 27, 2020

One of the tentpole features of iPadOS 14 is a new feature called Scribble, which automatically converts handwritten notes from Apple Pencil into typed text. Speaking to Popular Mechanics, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi offered additional details on how the feature works.

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iPadOS 14 Stories September 24, 2020

iPadOS 14: How to use the new widgets on iPad

A big change that arrived with iOS 14 is an all-new home screen experience. This marks arguably the biggest UI update for iOS since it was first introduced. However, iPad isn’t getting all the same new features and changes as iPhone, but there are new widgets to take advantage of. Follow along for how to use the new iPad widgets in iPadOS 14.

iPadOS 14 Stories September 23, 2020

With the recent release of iPadOS 14, there’s been a bunch of new additions to the iPad’s feature set. Additional Apple Pencil features, improved menus, and general bug fixes are all present here on this update. Here are some of the best features now available for the iPad.

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iPadOS 14 Stories September 17, 2020

Cisco has warned that an iOS 14 privacy feature can break some network setups used by corporations, schools, colleges, and retail chains.

The potential problems result from the the fact that iPhone and iPads on the latest OS default to using a random MAC address when connecting to Wi-Fi networks …

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iPadOS 14 Stories September 16, 2020

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Apple has officially released iPadOS 14 to the public with the new software bringing a variety of changes and improvements. iPadOS 14 is compatible with the iPad Air 2 and later, iPad mini 4 and later, iPad 5th gen and later, and all iPad Pro models.

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There weren’t too many surprises in yesterday’s event, but there was one big one – and it was one which left developers frustrated. Apple gave just one day’s notice of the official rollout of iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and watchOS 7. This contrasts with the usual week or so developers get to prepare.

Not only did this leave them scrabbling to get updated versions of their apps completed, but some said that Apple’s developer tools were also not ready for the launch …

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iPadOS 14 Stories August 26, 2020

One of the big improvements in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 is that Siri no longer takes over the whole screen. However, in the early betas you couldn’t interact with Siri and apps at the same time – doing anything with an app, even scrolling, would dismiss Siri.

A Redditor noticed that this is no longer the case on the iPad as of iPadOS 14 beta 5 …

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iPadOS 14 Stories August 19, 2020

iPadOS 14: How to use fullscreen live lyrics on iPad

The Music app gets some nice improvements with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, and one specific to the latter is fullscreen time synced lyrics. Read along for how to use fullscreen live lyrics on iPad.

iPadOS 14 Stories July 23, 2020

Earlier today Apple released the third iOS 14 beta to developers, and as expected, it comes bundled with several new changes and features. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough as we explore what’s new in iOS 14 beta 3 and iPadOS 14 beta 3. After watching, leave a comment with your thoughts, and be sure to subscribe to 9to5Mac on YouTube for more videos related to all of the upcoming Apple software releases. expand full story

iPadOS 14 Stories July 21, 2020

With iPadOS 14 the iPad gains access to additional refinements that help push it further as a do-it-all device. Alongside all of the changes that are shared with iOS 14, this update focuses heavily on transforming the Apple Pencil into a tool that’s useable in more ways throughout the OS.

The update also adds needed refinements to help take advantage of all of the extra screen real estate available on iPad. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough as we discuss noteworthy changes and features found in the iPadOS 14 beta. expand full story

iPadOS 14 Stories July 1, 2020

Apple announced last week iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14, and macOS Big Sur during WWDC 2020. This week, Apple’s Jenny Chen and Stephen Tonna were interviewed in the Connected podcast to talk about the new tools available to Apple Pencil users on iPadOS 14.

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iPadOS 14 Stories June 30, 2020

iOS 14 and macOS 11 Big Sur bring improvements to a variety of stock applications, including Voice Memos. With this year’s updates, the Voice Memos app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac is adding support for folders, favorites, as well as a new Enhance Recording feature.

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iPadOS 14 Stories June 26, 2020

Apple didn’t say much about what’s new in the Files app with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 during the WWDC 2020 keynote — maybe because not much has changed. But there’s an important new feature that brings iPhone and iPad one step closer to the Mac when we talk about file management, and that’s APFS encrypted drive support.

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Following on from John Gruber’s video podcast with Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak, a Marques Brownlee podcast is next in line, talking through iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and macOS Big Sur with Federighi.

I’ve only had time to listen to parts of it so far, but it’s definitely an interesting discussion. Brownlee starts by sharing my view that the pre-recorded keynote format worked really well, and asking whether this might be a permanent change …

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iPadOS 14 Stories June 25, 2020

Following up after a WWDC session covering the expanding game controller support with new options like the Xbox Elite 2 as well as an all-new Game Center in iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS, Apple has shared today that it will be offering the option to build in keyboard, mouse, and trackpad support for iPad games.

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iPadOS 14 Stories June 23, 2020

One of the biggest changes to iOS 14 is the new home screen widgets and third-party integration with the new feature will unlock lots of great potential. In a WWDC talk today, Apple has detailed WidgetKit including sharing what the focus and experience should be like and that widgets should not be designed as “mini-apps.”

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I don’t think I’ve ever before written a feature request the moment a new operating system version has been announced, but one super-disappointing discovery prompts me to do so: iPad widgets in iPadOS 14 get less flexibility than iPhone ones.

I’ve been calling for iOS to evolve beyond a static grid for more than six years now

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iPadOS 14 Stories June 22, 2020

Following today’s WWDC 2020 opening keynote, Apple has just released the first developer beta versions of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS 11 Big Sur, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14. These updates are available through the Apple Developer portal, for members of the Apple Developer Program.

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Apple adds developer option to share in-app purchases and subscriptions via Family Sharing

During the WWDC Keynote, Apple announced macOS Big Sur with several new changes to the UI, Control Center on macOS for the first time, revamped Safari, modern notifications, and widgets. They’ve also added a new developer option to enable the sharing of in-app purchases and subscriptions across Family Sharing.

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