|Written in||C, C++, Objective-C, Swift, assembly language|
|OS family||Unix-like, based on Darwin (BSD), iOS|
|Source model||Closed with open-source components|
|September 16, 2020|
|Latest release||14.8.1 (18H107) (October 26, 2021 ) [±]|
|Marketing target||Tablet computers|
|Available in||40 languages|
|Update method||OTA, software update through iTunes or Finder|
|Package manager||App Store|
|Kernel type||Hybrid (XNU)|
|Cocoa Touch (multi-touch, GUI)|
|License||Proprietary software except for open-source components|
|Preceded by||iPadOS 13|
|Succeeded by||iPadOS 15|
|Official website||iPadOS 14 at the Wayback Machine (archived September 12, 2021)|
|Tagline||Looks brand new. Feels like home.|
|No longer getting security updates, because iPads that support iPadOS 14 support 15 as well. Third party app support.|
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|iOS 14 (derived from)|
iPadOS 14 is the second major release of the iPadOS operating system developed by Apple for their iPad line of tablet computers. It was announced on June 22, 2020 at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) as the successor to iPadOS 13, making it the second version of the iPadOS fork from iOS. It was released to the public on September 16, 2020. It was succeeded by iPadOS 15 on September 20, 2021.
See also: System features of iOS 14
To the left of the first page, the Today View now has new redesigned widgets. Widgets may be added, with options for small, medium, or large widgets, but the widgets can no longer collapse or expand. Widgets of the same size may be stacked over each other and swiped between for convenience; a Smart Stack may be placed which automatically show the most relevant widget to the user based on the time of day. Unlike in iOS 14, widgets cannot be placed directly on to the home screen in iPadOS 14; this was only allowed starting in iPadOS 15.
A series of changes were made in iPadOS 14 to reduce the visual space taken by previously full-screen interfaces; such interfaces now appear and hover in front of an app, allowing for touch (and therefore multitasking) on the app behind. Voice calling interfaces, including Phone, or other third-party apps such as Skype, are made substantially thinner, taking approximately as much space as a notification. Siri's interface is now also compact.
Improvements to the Search feature on the home screen were made, including a refined UI, quick launcher for apps, more detailed web search, shortcuts to in-app search, and improved as-you-type search suggestions. The search function now appears and functions more like the Spotlight Search feature of macOS.
In addition to being made compact, Siri can now answer a broader set of questions and translate more languages. Users can also share their ETA with contacts and ask for cycling directions.
iPadOS 14 gains the ability to mount encrypted external drives. However, this capability is limited to APFS-encrypted drives. Upon connecting an APFS-encrypted external drive to the USB-C port on the iPad, the Files app will present the external drive on the sidebar. Selecting the drive will prompt the user to enter the password to unlock the drive.
All the devices that supported iPadOS 13 also support iPadOS 14. Devices include:
The first developer beta of iPadOS 14 was released on June 22, 2020 and the first public beta was released on July 9, 2020. iPadOS 14 was officially released on September 16, 2020. There was no public beta testing of 14.1.
|Version||Codename||Build||Release date||Notes||Update type|
|14.0||Azul||18A373||September 16, 2020||Initial release, initial release for the iPad (8th generation) and the iPad Air (4th generation)||Initial Release|
|14.0.1||18A393||September 24, 2020||Bug fixes, including for an issue that could cause default browser and mail settings to reset after restarting the device||Bug Fixes|
|14.1||18A8395||October 20, 2020||Improvements and bug fixes
|14.2||AzulB||18B92||November 5, 2020||Introduces a Shazam toggle in Control Center, revamped media controls, face detection in the Magnifier app, over 100 new emoji and eight new wallpapers in dark and light mode||Feature Update|
|14.3||AzulC||18C66||December 14, 2020||
|14.4||AzulD||18D52||January 26, 2021||
|14.4.1||18D61||March 8, 2021||Security fixes||Bug Fixes|
|14.4.2||18D70||March 26, 2021||Security fixes||Bug Fixes|
|14.5||AzulE||18E199||April 26, 2021||UI tweaks for the Podcasts app
|14.5.1||18E212||May 3, 2021||Security fixes||Bug Fixes|
|14.6||AzulF||18F72||May 24, 2021||Bug fixes
|July 21, 2021||Bug fixes||Bug Fixes|
|14.7.1||18G82||July 26, 2021||Bug fixes||Bug Fixes|
|14.8||AzulH||18H17||September 13, 2021||Security fixes||Bug Fixes|
|14.8.1||18H107||October 26, 2021||Security fixes||Bug Fixes|