More Possibilities on iPadOS 14
The new iPad Air ships with iPadOS 14, bringing new features and designs that take advantage of the iPad’s unique capabilities, such as the large Multi-Touch display, and versatile accessories. IPadOS 14 adds Apple Pencil to the iPad experience for better note-taking capabilities, and new ways to work with handwritten notes. When taking notes on the iPad, Smart Selection uses on-device machine learning to distinguish handwriting from drawings, so handwriting text can be easily selected, cut, and can be pasted into another document as typed text using the same familiar gesture. Shape recognition allows users to draw perfectly geometric shapes and snap right into the area when adding diagrams and drawings to Notes. Data detectors work seamlessly with handwritten text, recognizing phone numbers, dates, addresses, and links, making it easy for users to perform actions such as tapping on a handwriting number to call.
IPadOS 14 also carries Scribble to the iPad, allowing Apple Pencil users to write directly to any text field, performing actions such as replying to a quick iMessage or Safari search quickly and easily – all without having to remove the Apple Pencil. The scribble uses machine learning on the device to convert handwriting to typed text in real time, so writing is always kept private and secure.
The iPadOS 14 makes the iPad experience even more unique and powerful in other ways, including:
- New compact designs for incoming FaceTime and phone calls, Siri interactions, and Search to help users stay focused on the task at hand.
- Universal Search to quickly find almost anything, from finding and launching apps, to accessing contacts, files, and information, to getting answers to common questions about people or places.
- New sidebars for many apps including Photos and Files, and streamlined toolbars that combine controls in a single place, making it more useful than ever.
- Redesigned widgets that display timely information at a glance right on the Home Screen.