iPadOS 14 Features You Need to Know

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.

Related Roundups: iOS 14, iPadOS 14

Top Rated Comments

noraa Avatar
9 months ago
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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BWhaler Avatar
9 months ago
Calc app?
weather app?
widgets?

apple software has to learn to walk and chew gum simultaneously.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Awesome Avatar
9 months ago

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.


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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TJGilbert21 Avatar
9 months ago
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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bmac89 Avatar
9 months ago
Search:

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.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
szw-mapple fan Avatar
9 months ago

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.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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