iPadOS 14 Features You Need to Know

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Apple's iPadOS 14 update includes many of the same features that are found in iOS 14 (minus some of the Home Screen changes), but there are also quite a few notable iPad-only features.



In our most recent video, we highlight some of the best new features in 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 - iPadOS didn't get quite the same design overhaul that iOS did, but there are some tweaks worth noting. Apps like Music, Photos, Calendar, Notes, Files and more have been redesigned with sidebars that offer a more consistent and streamlined navigation experience, providing direct access to more information and tools. Apple has also introduced new toolbars that consolidate buttons into a single bar at the top of the app.
  • Updated Pull-down Menus - Along with redesigned app sidebars and toolbars, pull-down menus in built-in apps have been streamlined, providing access to app tools from a single button.
  • Search - The search interface is more compact and takes up less space on the iPad, plus there have been some refinements that let users see instant search suggestions, launch apps and websites, start in-app searches, and more. It's similar to search in iOS 13, but more powerful and better organized.
  • Scribble - Scribble, which is perhaps the best new iPadOS feature, lets Apple Pencil users handwrite in any text field, with the handwritten text converted to typed text. There are all kinds of useful tools included like scratch to delete and circling a word to select it.
  • Notes - 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. Shape recognition lets you draw an imperfect shape and have it converted to a perfect one, and data detectors, like those that make an address tappable, work with handwritten text.
  • Compact FaceTime/Phone UI - Just like on the iPhone, incoming FaceTime and Phone calls (from the iPhone) on the iPad are shown in a small banner that's easily dismissed so getting a FaceTime call no longer interrupts what you're doing on your tablet.
  • Compact Siri - Like FaceTime calls, the Siri interface is smaller too. Siri doesn't take over the entire iPad display when you use it, and instead shows up as a small animated icon at the bottom of the screen with results provided in a banner style. Siri can be swiped away, but when the Siri interface is up, you can't use the display behind it.
  • Safari - There are major improvements to Safari in iOS and iPadOS 14. Privacy tracking lets you know which websites have cross-site trackers running, there's a built-in translator so you don't need to use an extension, you can see tab previews, and Favicons are shown in tabs by default so you can see what's what 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 are now displayed full screen.
  • Emoji Popover Menu - With the new emoji popover option on iPadOS 14 you can quickly enter an emoji when using a hardware keyboard with your iPad. The nifty iOS 14 feature that lets you search for an emoji is, unfortunately, not available on the iPad.
Make sure to watch our video up 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 Tos.

Like iOS 14, iPadOS 14 is available to developers and public beta testers at this time, so anyone can download it and try it out. The update will see an official public release this fall.

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Thanks for the video, Dan.

I see MacRumors is a heavy offender in regards to trackers with 78 (in the last 30 days). Luckily, I am able to block all of it.

For those who want to prevent tracking by Google and other entities, I highly suggest using “Lockdown.” It is updated regularly and does an excellent job without taxing the OS.
 
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  • Scribble - Scribble, which is perhaps the best new iPadOS feature, lets Apple Pencil users handwrite in any text field, with the handwritten text converted to typed text. There are all kinds of useful tools included like scratch to delete and circling a word to select it.
  • Notes - 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. Shape recognition lets you draw an imperfect shape and have it converted to a perfect one, and data detectors, like those that make an address tappable, work with handwritten text.
So, finally we are back to some part of the functionality that the Newton offered us just over 20 years ago. This is a very welcome development. Steve was great at a lot of things, sadly including grudges it appears. How much sooner would we have had powerful new access to these sorts of facilities, bringing the iPad (and eventually iPhone) back to the paradigm of the notepad, if only John Scully had not been the Newton's champion at Apple? RIP Steve Jobs.
 

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So, finally we are back to some part of the functionality that the Newton offered us just over 20 years ago. This is a very welcome development. Steve was great at a lot of things, sadly including grudges it appears. How much sooner would we have had powerful new access to these sorts of facilities, bringing the iPad (and eventually iPhone) back to the paradigm of the notepad, if only John Scully had not been the Newton's champion at Apple? RIP Steve Jobs.
Maybe something has changed in this time to make that "Newton functionality" finally work as it should?
I mean, have you heard the jokes about how bad was the Newton handwriting recognition?
 

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  • 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 are now displayed full screen.
I hope it will not kill Shazam lyrics: do not want to subscribe to Apple Music just to have lyrics!
Has anyone have tried with the beta if Shazam still works?
 
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The lack of Home Screen widgets and the App Library for the iPad is a really odd (to put it nicely) choice. A friend suggested that the reason Apple didn’t implement Home Screen widgets is because the layout change between horizontal and vertical orientations could screw up the placement of Home Screen widgets. I would think Apple could come up with a way to resolve that issue, but I’m willing to concede the point (reluctantly). The lack of the App Library though is somewhat mind boggling though.

We’ve still got a couple of more months of beta testing, so maybe something will change? I’ve been submitting feature requests since beta 1, so who knows...?!
 
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start in-app searches,
* How do you initiate the search function from within an app - is there a touch gesture?
* Is it possible to do without hardware keyboard?
* Can it be initiated using a mouse or Apple Pencil?

* Finally is it possible to initiate multitasking from within an app using the search feature?

Hopefully someone who has tested iPadOS 14 can answer these questions.
Many thanks.
 

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Search:


* How do you initiate the search function from within an app - is there a touch gesture?
* Is it possible to do without hardware keyboard?
* Can it be initiated using a mouse or Apple Pencil?

* Finally is it possible to initiate multitasking from within an app using the search feature?

Hopefully someone who has tested iPadOS 14 can answer these questions.
Many thanks.
I don’t believe the “in app search” is live, yet. I have been using iOS 14 and it is nowhere to be seen.
 

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The lack of Home Screen widgets and the App Library in the iPad is a really odd (to put it nicely) choice. A friend suggested that the reason Apple didn’t implement Home Screen widgets is because the layout change between horizontal and vertical orientations could screw up the placement of Home Screen widgets. I would think Ale could come up with a way to resolve that issue, but I’m willing to concede the point (reluctantly). The lack of the App Library though is somewhat mind boggling though.

We’ve still got a couple of more months of beta testing, so maybe something will change? I’ve been submitting feature requests since beta 1, so who knows...?!
I think Apple simply ran out of time implementing the widgets and App Library for iPad this year. Widgets had numerous layout issues in beta 1, so I think they made sure it worked on iOS and probably just made sure Notification Center had the bare minimum feature parity on iPadOS. Judging by how stable the betas have been since beta 1 though, I'm glad they are going for a stability focused release this year rather than the mess we had with iPadOS 13 betas. I hope they are revamping the layout next year with some iPad specific features as well.
 

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Search:


* How do you initiate the search function from within an app - is there a touch gesture?
* Is it possible to do without hardware keyboard?
* Can it be initiated using a mouse or Apple Pencil?

* Finally is it possible to initiate multitasking from within an app using the search feature?

Hopefully someone who has tested iPadOS 14 can answer these questions.
Many thanks.
I don’t believe the “in app search” is live, yet. I have been using iOS 14 and it is nowhere to be seen.
The feature is live, but only able to be triggered with a keyboard as with previous versions. I haven't seen anyone mention that it can be triggered without a keyboard, so that unfortunately probably won't happen. I would love for the swipe down from the top to be split into 3 sections for notifications, search, and control center.
 
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The feature is live, but only able to be triggered with a keyboard as with previous versions. I haven't seen anyone mention that it can be triggered without a keyboard, so that unfortunately probably won't happen. I would love for the swipe down from the top to be split into 3 sections for notifications, search, and control center.
What is the keyboard command? I wasn’t aware it was triggered only by the keyboard. I have a Magic Keyboard. I didn’t hear Dan mention how to perform in app search.
 
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Search:


* How do you initiate the search function from within an app - is there a touch gesture?
* Is it possible to do without hardware keyboard?
* Can it be initiated using a mouse or Apple Pencil?

* Finally is it possible to initiate multitasking from within an app using the search feature?

Hopefully someone who has tested iPadOS 14 can answer these questions.
Many thanks.
I haven’t found a touch gesture for activating it yet, sadly. You can still do it from the hardware keyboard, however. Doesn’t work with the pencil or mouse either, but you can use Scribble in it. And yes, you search for an app it drag it out of the results window to initiate multitasking.
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What is the keyboard command? I wasn’t aware it was triggered only by the keyboard. I have a Magic Keyboard. I didn’t hear Dan mention how to perform in app search.
Command-Space, just like on the Mac.
 

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I haven’t found a touch gesture for activating it yet, sadly. You can still do it from the hardware keyboard, however. Doesn’t work with the pencil or mouse either, but you can use Scribble in it. And yes, you search for an app it drag it out of the results window to initiate multitasking.
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Command-Space, just like on the Mac.
I know about that one. I thought he was saying there is a specific keyboard command for in app search. I appreciate the response. Good to know.

Very cool. I like it. Too bad it is keyboard only.
 

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I was also wondering about whether or not the new Search can be brought up in-app through touch gestures. Because there's no Calculator app, I use search constantly to do math on the iPad, and I've always wanted to be able to just pull it up right over the app I'm using.

Also, besides not implementing the App Library and home screen widgets, the HUGE part of iPadOS 14 that is just a tremendous disappointment to me is that Apple completely neglected to solve the absolutely mind-bogglingly horrible process of picking apps for split-screen multitasking. I'm holding out hope that they are waiting to introduce the App Library because they're somehow going to use it as the new app picker for multitasking!
 

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I think Apple simply ran out of time implementing the widgets and App Library for iPad this year. Widgets had numerous layout issues in beta 1, so I think they made sure it worked on iOS and probably just made sure Notification Center had the bare minimum feature parity on iPadOS. Judging by how stable the betas have been since beta 1 though, I'm glad they are going for a stability focused release this year rather than the mess we had with iPadOS 13 betas. I hope they are revamping the layout next year with some iPad specific features as well.
Seems reasonable. I remember how long we had to deal with white secondary displays when using full screen mac apps. It's possible it will be in the next OS, but it could always take two or three updates before we see it.
 

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I hope it will not kill Shazam lyrics
Sure, Apple will quietly kill Shazam lyrics and put it behind Apple Music only.
* How do you initiate the search function from within an app - is there a touch gesture?
* Is it possible to do without hardware keyboard?
* Can it be initiated using a mouse or Apple Pencil?
Impossible for all of those in iOS 13. Impossible for all of those in current iOS 14 beta.
Doubt it would be possible later.
Oh, and there is no touch gesture to initiate that search bar.
* Finally is it possible to initiate multitasking from within an app using the search feature?
It was possible back in iOS 13. It is still possible in iOS 14 beta.
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Barely any changes. Even less features than the iOS14 update (home screen?). So why the naming change to “iPad”OS again?
Because Apple wants to create a version of iOS to appeal professional and casual users alike while attract some maybe casual MacBook buyers into getting an iPad.
 
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I was also wondering about whether or not the new Search can be brought up in-app through touch gestures. Because there's no Calculator app, I use search constantly to do math on the iPad, and I've always wanted to be able to just pull it up right over the app I'm using.
I know it would be great to have a built in calculator app on iPad, but I would recommend, if you haven’t already, to just get an app off the App Store, stick it on the dock or keep it in slide over for easy access within any app. Maybe one day in the future this won’t be necessary!
 
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Scribble needs to be improved before I use it regularly.. Text fields that are near the bottom of the screen are awkward to write in. Spacing and carriage returns are also a bit odd. I have the MK, but when I use the ipad as a tablet I don’t see myself using scribble much, yet. I’m faster using the onscreen swipe keyboard for input. I am impressed how well it does recognize my less than average handwriting.
 
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