iPadOS 14 is here, and it looks gorgeous. Not only does it revamp the user interface in desktop-like ways that take advantage of its mammoth display, but it makes the Apple Pencil far more valuable as an accessory.
Revealed at WWDC 2020 on June 22, we’ve just gotten our first look at the how the iPad stands out from the iPhone — though the iPad has also received some of
the best new iOS 14 features
as well. The iPad also feels more productive than ever, thanks to the ability to choose third party apps for certain features.
These features add up to a mighty healthy iPad update.
also receives a lot of macOS interface changes, for search and more — where iPadOS 14 is making the iPad look a lot like a MacBook.
In previous years, iPads would get big updates every other year, with those off-years providing merely minor tweaks, which may be over as a rule. That era appears to be over. Here’s everything we know about iPadOS 14 so far.
iPadOS 14 release date
According to Apple, iPadOS 14 will come out in fall 2020. That’s like likely around September, as Apple tends to release major updates alongside its new hardware. This will likely follow a long string of beta releases (more on that next).
We are got our first official look at iPadOS 14 at the WWDC 2020 keynote. There’s a seasonal gap between the reveal and release because Apple gives developers advance time to get their apps ready for any changes.
iPadOS 14 beta
You can now download the iPadOS 14 beta, but it’s the developer version. That means it’s going to be a little more risky of a download than normal. It also costs $100 to gain admission into the Apple Developer Program. This version is the least stable of them all, and should only be installed by people willing to take a risk — and who have already backed up their device.
Starting from this month (July 2020) a public beta testing process will begin, delivering the preview version of iPadOS 14 to more adventurous types. Throughout the summer, Apple will release updates for each beta version, and bloggers will try and read between the lines of code in the updates to see what’s going to be announced in the fall.
iPadOS 14 supported devices
iPadOS 14 is compatible with all the iPads that supported iPadOS 13. This seemed like a sure thing, but the iPad mini 4 (from 2015) and iPad Air 2 (2014) were so old that it would not have been surprising to see them lose support.
Below is the list of iPadOS 14 supported devices:
- iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 2020)
- iPad Pro (11-inch, 2020)
- iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 2019)
- iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 2019)
- iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 2018)
- iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 2017)
- iPad Pro (10.5-inch, 2017)
- iPad Pro (9.7-inch)
- iPad (7th generation)
- iPad (6th generation)
- iPad (5th generation)
- iPad mini (5th generation)
- iPad mini 4
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad Air 2
iPadOS 14 features
iPadOS 14 gives you the ability to scribble to type, as Apple’s new Scribble feature turns hand writing into text. This allows you to markup your to do’s on the fly.
Moreover, you’ll be able to move your handwriting around in notes, like groups of objects. It’s also possible to copy and paste handwritten notes between apps.
Want to erase text? Simply “scratch” your Pencil tip over the text to erase it. You can even select and alter a large group of items you’ve written, with your pencil, like a more powerful cursor.
iPadOS looks a lot like macOS now, starting with redesigned search has been redesigned. The new search field looks and acts a lot like Spotlight on the Mac, and you can use it to find content in documents, find apps and facts.
Moreover, many apps, such as Photos and Notes, will get a left-side menu, that makes them look a lot like their Mac app versions. Items can be dragged and drop through this menu. Calendar is also getting more powerful menus connected to toolbar buttons.
In the music app, you’ve got a new redesigned way to listen to your music. After you start playing, you can get a full-screen player mode, making lyrics a lot larger than before.
Phone calls now appear as notifications at the top of the screen, so your entire screen isn’t taken over. Siri appears in the corner of the screen as well, adding to what you see, and not obfuscating your screen.
The old way phone call notifications worked, where they took over your whole screen, felt like iPadOS was holding onto the iPhone’s interface. Now, all three devices are unified, as the Mac has always had its call notifications in the top right corner.
We noticed that in the background of the iPadOS 14 features slide, the company revealed that you’ll be able to set new default email and web browser apps.
This is a long overdue option for both iOS and iPadOS, and the iPhone gets it too. We’re still waiting for options for a default calendar app and a default maps app.
The iPad also inherits new features from iOS 14.
Those include widgets, which stay inside the smart stack, and don’t get to go into the apps section of the home screen like they do on iOS 14. There’s also device dictation, group photos in Messages and pinned conversations in Messages (for your favorite people you don’t message all the time).