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

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

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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