iPadOS 14 is the latest version of Apple’s iPad-specific mobile operating system, which differed from iPhone’s iOS with the debut of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 last year. This update marks the second major release of the exclusive iPad software. While iPadOS 14 differs from the new iOS 14 in a number of ways – it lacks the App Library feature, for example – the focus of this update is not primarily on exciting new features, although there are plenty of them, without polishing the overall iPad user experience . Here are some of the high-profile enhancements to iPadOS 14 and how you can take advantage of them.
How to use widgets in Today View
Just like iOS 14, iPadOS 14 introduces stackable widgets that can be viewed in iPad’s Today View. They have been redesigned to show more information. The feature offers a Smart Stack of widgets whose original input rotates automatically via machine learning based on normal use. You can manage widgets and reduce clutter by stacking or dragging and dropping widgets on top of each other. You can choose from different sizes of widgets or add a Smart Stack. Unlike iOS 14, you can only use Widgets in Today View with your iPad placed in landscape orientation. You can not integrate widgets into your iPad’s app layout.
How to use the Sidebar app
New enhancements to iPadOS 14 include sidebars and drop-down menus in iPadOS built-in apps like photos, notes, music, calendar and files, which allow you to quickly and easily navigate and access many app features from a specific location. Like the MacOS sidebar, you can quickly access various features while still using the app. Apart from facilitating fast, visual navigation, they can be used to move files around the app, such as dragging and dropping photos in albums.
How to use Universal Search
It may be a bit unclear at first, but iPadOS 14’s compact search design allows you to stay focused on your main task while searching in apps or online with one touch. The new search feature has a visual overhaul, making it similar to Spotlight on the Mac. Under the hood, it is faster with more relevant results. Call up the new search by swiping down the iPad home screen or pressing Command-Space on an external iPad keyboard (just like on a Mac). When the search field is open, either type your keyword or tap the microphone icon to orally dictate your search. You can use Universal Search as a URL field by typing a URL and pressing Go to load it in a new Safari tab.
To attach messages
Pinning is a new feature in both iOS 14 and iPad 14. The concept is that if you have contacts, messages or conversations that are more important or more frequent than others, you can pin them at the top of the list for quick access. Just click Edit button at the top right and select Edit pin. For example, if you have a frequent contact, you can attach them to the top of the list. You can pin up to nine conversations at the top of the list.
How to use Scribble
Owner of Apple Pencil, this is for you. iPadOS 14 incorporates a feature called Scribble. There is not much. Just start typing inside any text field and Scribble converts your scraping into text. This allows you to continue using your pen to type questions in Universal Search or Safari without an on-screen keyboard. Scribble Gestures in iPadOS 14 make Scribble convenient to use with gestures like Scratch to delete text, Circle to select text, or Slice to create or delete space. In the Notes app, Scribble converts your handwriting to text via the Markup toolbar’s handwriting tool.
How to draw perfect shapes
Owners of Apple Pencil get even more love. To draw perfect shapes with an Apple Pencil in the Notes app, just start drawing and holding down your Apple Pencil at the end, and iPadOS 14 will automatically detect and adjust the shape for you. This works for lines, circles, rectangles and pentagons, stars and other recognizable shapes.
How to improve integrity
The new iPadOS 14 offers a number of privacy and security features designed to discourage apps from discovering your private information. A feature notifies you when an app uses the camera or microphone as a green or orange dot in the iPad’s status bar. The Control Center provides information about which app used or most recently used your camera or microphone, while a new setting lets you share your approximate location. Safari also offers more security features. Not only does a new privacy report show how certain websites view your privacy, but Safari also warns you about secure passwords that you still use and offers translations in seven languages (beta).
How to improve voice memo
Voicemail, a favorite among iOS apps, allows you to easily record audio on your iPhone, but apart from tuning, there was not much more you could do with the file if you did not open another audio app. With iOS 14 and iPadOs 14, an updated voice memo app lets you improve recorded sound quality by removing background noise. Just click Improve recording on the edit screen and let the app take it from there.
How to use photon management features
For the Photos app, iPadOS 14 offers many new management features such as setting a key photo in albums, zooming in and out animations, restricting third-party photo access, faster sidebar navigation, faster sorting and filtering, and adding captions. To set a new key photo, press and hold your photo and press Make key photo. To limit exposure to individual photos or albums, go to Settings> Privacy> Photos to adjust permissions. As with iOS 14, you can now insert your own captions that sync with other iCloud devices.