iPadOS 14
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iPadOS 14

The iPadOS 14 is an operating system that was designed, developed especially for the iPad by Apple since 2020. The system has been released on 16 September 2020 and was preinstalled on the iPad 8th Generation and iPad Air 4th Generation. This software gets the latest update (14.7) on 19 July 2021.

All-New iPadOS version contains loads of new system features such as new Home Screen, now the user has the ability to hide single apps or whole pages from the Home Screen. The next feature is Widgets on the Home Screen – User can place preinstalled widgets or from third-party apps on the Home Screen in up to three different sizes. Another novelty is on the last page of Home Screen, its App Library witch allows to search Apps in a new way. Apps are categorized in folders such as Suggestions, Recently Added and others by default categories from the App Store.

Apple finally decided to bring a few features known from Android such as Picture-in-picture witch allows users to continue watching videos or taking voice calls in a thumbnail-sized view after leaving the app. Now users can answer the phone directly from a small notification on the top of the screen without any interruption on current tasks on the screen. Now Siri gets refined UI, quick and compact without using whole space on the screen.

The biggest change in iPadOS 14 is Privacy. From now users will get notifications for the microphone, camera, or clipboard usage. A recording indicator appears at the top of the screen whenever an app uses the microphone or camera. Likewise, a notification appears when the clipboard is accessed by an app. App Store now displays the permissions required for each application (so users can see and understand permissions required by the application before downloading it). Users may change location permissions to inform the app of an approximate location, preserving privacy when the exact location is unnecessary. 

New iOS gets loads of other features such as App Clips, this new feature expanding on the functionality of the App Store. Intended as a dynamic feature rather than a permanently installed app, App Clips are extremely pared-back with very few OS permissions. At the time of the announcement, only the use of Apple Pay and Sign in with Apple were shown. ARKit 4 introduced Depth API for new access to depth information from the LiDAR sensors on the iPad Pro and iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Group chats using iMessage may be given a custom image, a Memoji, or an emoji. Users may now mention other users, and change notification settings to only are notified when explicitly mentioned. Messages may be replied to with inline replies, allowing for simultaneous conversation threads and see the replies in the general conversation or as a separate thread. Safari gained the ability to monitor passwords for data breaches and generate privacy reports for trackers on websites. The new Translate app allows users to translate voice and text between 11 languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, German, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, and Arabic.

iPadOS 14.5 update has introduced an option to unlock iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing face masks, has been added support for AirTag, and includes App Tracking Transparency to control which apps are allowed to track user activity across other apps and websites. The user can decide if he wants to shed this data or not.

Today iPadOS 14 is 10 months old!

iPadOS 14 – General information


Introduced16 September 2020
System RequirementsiPad 5th Generation
iPad 6th Generation
iPad 7th Generation
iPad 8th Generation
iPad Air 2
iPad Air 3rd Generation
iPad Air 4th Generation
iPad Pro 12.9-inch
iPad Pro 12.9-inch 2nd Generation
iPad Pro 12.9-inch 3rd Generation
iPad Pro 12.9-inch 4th Generation
iPad Pro 10.5-inch
iPad Pro 9.7-inch
iPad Pro 11-inch
iPad Pro 11-inch 2nd Generation
iPad mini 2
iPad mini 3
iPad mini 4
iPad mini 5th Generation


VersionsBuildRelease Date
iPadOS 14.018A37316 September 2020
iPadOS 14.0.118A39324 September 2020
iPadOS 14.118A839520 October 2020
iPadOS 14.218B925 November 2020
iPadOS 14.318C6614 December 2020
iPadOS 14.418D5226 January 2021
iPadOS 14.4.118D618 March 2021
iPadOS 14.4.218D7026 March 2021
iPadOS 14.518E19926 April 2021
iPadOS 14.5.118E2123 May 2021
iPadOS 14.618F7224 May 2021
iPadOS 14.718G6919 July 2021

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