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Apple iPadOS 14 with Universal Search and compact UIs launched

22 June 2020 0

Apple at its WWDC 2020 event made announcements around its new operating systems, including iPadOS 14. The operating system of Apple iPad has received a couple of major enhancements apart from some iOS 14-like home screen widgets.

The upgrades include compact call notifications so that an incoming call never takes up your whole iPad screen whenever it arrives. After the iOS 14 update, the incoming FaceTime and phone call notifications will now be shown as far less obstructive notifications on the top of the screen, unlike what they used to be. Previously, the incoming calls would take the whole screen, hindering what you are viewing or doing on the iPad.


The other major enhancement is the universal search, which is now compact as well. Apple touts Search has been built up from the ground up. it is now one place to find anything faster and easier. Search now has a compact design and users can start a search from anywhere. There are now redesigned sidebars across many apps, including Photos, Files, Notes, Calendar, and Apple Music

Just like iOS 14, Apple has overhauled the widgets' experience with new sizes and layouts. You can now drag widgets to place them in between your app icons.

Apple iPad Scribble

Apple has also upgraded the functionality of Apple Pencil and made it more productive. Users can simply write in any text field and it will be converted to text automatically. This new feature is called Scribble and it makes handwriting on the iPad more seamless and powerful. For instance, if you write something using the Apple Pencil in notes, the iPad will be able to copy and paste the handwriting across different text fields in simultaneous apps.

Interestingly, the Scribble feature will also correct shapes. For instance, if your square is a little off, it will correct it for you. Scribble will initially offer support for English, Chinese, mixed Chinese, and English as well.

Also, Siri now appears at the bottom of the screen when activated. Apple has also announced enhanced privacy features for more transparency and control.

All apps will now be required to obtain user permission before tracking. Later this year, App Store product pages will feature summaries of developers’ self-reported privacy practices, displayed in a simple, easy-to-understand format


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