iPadOS 14 Announced With New App Designs, Compact UIs For Siri, FaceTime, And More

At today's WWDC 2020 Keynote, Apple unveiled iPadOS 14. Built on the powerful iOS 14, iPadOS 14's key focus is to improve app design to take advantage of the tablet’s large screen.

There is an all-new compact design for incoming FaceTime and phone calls, which now appear as a lightweight banner so they don’t take up the entire screen, making it easy to quickly tap to answer the call or simply flick to dismiss and get right back to work. Siri now appears at the bottom of the screen when activated, allowing users to seamlessly reference information onscreen while making a request, and it quickly gets out of the way when launching other apps or controlling music.

Many of Apple’s apps have undergone design improvements. Photos and Music, for example, have sidebars that allow you to jump between different parts of the app; Calendar now has more controls at the top of the screen. Additionally, streamlined toolbars and new pull-down menus provide access to app controls all in one place.

Search on iPad has been rebuilt from the ground up with iPadOS 14. It can be used as an app launcher to find contacts or documents and even search in apps that support this feature. Web searches are even more powerful and refined, delivering more relevant suggestions as users type and the ability to get to search results with just a tap, and best of all, users can start a search from anywhere, without having to leave the app they’re in.

iPad also received better Apple Pencil handwriting recognition support with iPadOS 14. A new feature called Scribble converts handwritten content to text, and you can paste it into any text box. The Notes app can already search for handwritten text just like entering text, but this update extends this feature so that you can specifically convert handwritten content and use it where needed.

Another new feature in iPadOS 14 is that you can now set the default email and browser app. Since the advent of the platform, iPhone and iPad have been asking you to use Apple Mail and Safari. Now third-party mail and browsers will shine on iPadOS 14.

Otherwise, many of the iOS 14 features will also be available on iPadOS 14. The new operating system will support iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later

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