iPadOS 14
IOS 14 Logo.png
IPadOS 14 home screen.png
The iPadOS 14 home screen running on the 7th generation iPad.
DeveloperApple Inc.
Written inC, C++, Objective-C, Swift, assembly language
OS familyUnix-like, based on Darwin (BSD), iOS
Source modelClosed with open-source components
General
availability
September 16, 2020; 19 months ago (2020-09-16)
Latest release14.8.1[1] (18H107) (October 26, 2021; 6 months ago (2021-10-26)) [±]
Marketing targetTablet computers
Available in40 languages[2][3][4][5]
Update methodOTA, Software Update through iTunes or Finder.
Package managerApp Store
PlatformsSee below
Kernel typeHybrid (XNU)
Default
user interface
Cocoa Touch (multi-touch, GUI)
LicenseProprietary software except for open-source components
Preceded byiPadOS 13
Succeeded byiPadOS 15
Official websiteiPadOS 14 at the Wayback Machine (archived September 12, 2021)
Support status
No longer getting security updates,[6] 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.[7][8] It was succeeded by iPadOS 15 on September 20, 2021.

History

Further information: iOS version history § iOS 14 / iPadOS 14

Updates

The first developer beta of iPadOS 14 was released on June 22, 2020 and the first public beta was released on July 9, 2020.[9] iPadOS 14 was officially released on September 16, 2020.[7] There was no public beta testing of 14.1.

Version Build Release date Notes
14.0 18A373 September 16, 2020 Initial release, initial release for the iPad (8th generation) and the iPad Air (4th generation)
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[10]
14.1 18A8395 October 20, 2020 Improvements and bug fixes

Adds support for 10-bit HDR video playback and editing in Photos for iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (2nd generation) and later, iPad Pro 11-inch, iPad Pro 10.5 inch, iPad Air (3rd generation) and later, and iPad Mini (5th generation)

Addresses an issue where some widgets, folders, and icons were showing up in reduced size on the Home Screen

Fixes an issue where some emails in Mail were sent from an incorrect alias

Addresses an issue where some users were occasionally unable to download or add songs to their library while viewing an album or playlist, resolves an issue where streaming video resolution could temporarily be reduced at the start of playback

Addresses an issue in the Files app that could cause some MDM-managed cloud service providers to incorrectly display content as unavailable

14.2 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
14.3 18C66 December 14, 2020 New Apple TV UI

Apple Fitness+ support for final release

14.4 18D52 January 26, 2021 Added a prompt asking user to allow apps to track them

Added the “Perspective Zoom” option to the set wallpaper block in shortcuts

14.4.1 18D61 March 8, 2021 Security fixes
14.4.2 18D70 March 26, 2021 Security fixes
14.5 18E199 April 26, 2021 UI tweaks for the Podcasts app

New interface for typing with Siri and sending messages with Siri

Support for using the Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5 controllers

New UI for Software Update in Settings

Full release date for songs in Apple Music

App Tracking Transparency goes live

2 new/improved Siri voices

New emoji characters

14.5.1 18E212 May 3, 2021 Security fixes
14.6 18F72 May 24, 2021 Bug fixes

Supports Apple Card Family and Podcasts subscriptions

14.7 18G69
18G70[a]
July 21, 2021 Bug fixes
14.7.1 18G82 July 26, 2021 Bug fixes
14.8 18H17 September 13, 2021 Security fixes
14.8.1 18H107 October 26, 2021 Security fixes

Legend:   Past   Current   Beta

  1. ^ iPad (8th generation) (Wi-Fi + Cellular) and iPad Air (4th generation) (Wi-Fi + Cellular) only

Features

See also: System features of iOS 14

Home screen

Widgets

To the left of the first page, the Today View now has new redesigned widgets.[11] 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.[12] 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.

Compact UI

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,[13] taking approximately as much space as a notification. Siri's interface is now also compact.

Search and Siri

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.[14]

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.[15]

Storage

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.

Supported devices

All the devices that supported iPadOS 13 also support iPadOS 14. Devices include:

References

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  8. ^ "iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are starting to roll out". The Verge. September 16, 2020. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
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