At its first virtual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), Apple announced iPadOS 14 — the new software update for iPads. The company showcased all the new features that the Apple iPad users will soon get including new design for calls; search; sidebars and toolbars; Apple Pencil and more.
The developer preview of iPadOS 14 is already available to Apple Developer Program members and the company will roll out a public beta to iPadOS users next month.
As part of the latest iPadOS 14 software update, Apple will roll out a new compact design for incoming calls — including FaceTime calls. With this update, the incoming calls will appear as a banner rather than taking up the entire screen. Like in iOS 14, Siri gets a new design in iPadOS 14 too. It will now have a tiny icon at the bottom of the screen, ensuring use of other apps is not interrupted.
Apple also says that it has rebuilt the search from the ground up on iPads with iOS 14. The company claims that this tool will be one place to find anything — from locating and launching apps to accessing contacts and files. The latest OS comes with redesigned sidebars across apps including Photos, Files, Notes, Calendar, etc.
Another key feature of Apple’s iPadOS 14 is Scribble. With this, iPad users will be able to write in any text field that will be converted to typed text automatically. The notes app will also get support for the Smart Selection feature that, as per Apple, uses machine learning to distinguish handwriting from drawings, so that handwritten text can be easily selected, cut, and pasted into another document as typed text.
For now, Scribble will offer support for English; Traditional and Simplified Chinese; and mixed Chinese and English. It is expected to get support for more languages in the coming days.