We have already heard about the release of the iOS update to version 14, but in addition to it, the operating system for iPad tablets is also expected to appear very soon, according to rumors, this year. Most likely, the system will have many similarities with the OS for the iPhone, but there will also be fundamental differences, which we would like to talk about.
We decided to take a look at the rumors, logical conclusions and leaks of information that allow us to paint a rough picture of the updates that await iPadOS 14 and the compatibility of the new system with existing devices. Most of them rely on available operating system code.
So, iPadOS 14 will tentatively appear in September 2020 and will be available for download and update for free, as is usually the case with Apple operating systems.
Predicting the release date of OSes for Apple tablets, we rely on the experience of previous years. It would be logical if the system appears simultaneously with the update for iPhone smartphones, which, in turn, should be released at the same time as the next generation — iPhone 12. Usually new releases took place in September, but this year, despite the lack of specific data or official communications from company representatives, there are reasons to suspect that the presentation will be delayed. In any case, most likely, it will take place this year, even if a little later than usual.
The previous operating system iPadOS 13 was introduced in September and appeared in the public domain on the 24th, so until more accurate data is received, we are guided by the same date.
As you know, each new system gradually cancels support for obsolete devices. And in this case, we also do not yet know which versions of the iPad will not be able to receive updates. The experience of past years tells us that the changes will not affect the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4. Perhaps even the iPad Pro 12.9, released in 2015, will already be considered obsolete. But the last assumption is especially doubtful, because this tablet was positioned at release as more powerful than the standard versions of the iPad.
As for iOS 14 for smartphones, this system will most likely be available for all devices that have been updated to iOS13 and, if we draw an analogy, it may turn out that manufacturers will follow the same path with the iPad.
News and rumors
9to5Mac has received some information regarding Apple’s illustration pencil. The operating system may include full support for using the pencil on websites. And this means that it will be possible to use all its functions: tapping, scrolling, drawing, notes, etc. And all this will be available through the browser.
This information came to the publication not from simple guesses, but from the code for iOS 14. However, since the pencil is not yet supported by the iPhone, it is fair to assume that the code applies specifically to tablets.
Another rumor, this time from the well-known portal MacRumors, says that the Apple Pencil will receive another interesting feature — to transform cursive text into printed text. This technology already exists, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it appears in a new operating system.
The code for iOS 14 has given a lot of food for thought to both iPhone owners and iPad users. Widgets can take on a more significant role, as they can be placed on the home screen, and not just on a separate panel. Of course, we make allowance for the fact that this information is taken from the code for smartphones, but as you know, the systems are very similar in many ways. Moreover, this function is much more relevant for tablets with a large screen and, accordingly, space for using widgets.
This can also make iOS more similar to the Android OS. Whether this is good or bad is up to the users to decide. Both systems have enough supporters and opponents.
The tablet’s desktop wallpaper is rumored to be customizable. That is, we will get the opportunity to choose dynamic, flat or gradient wallpapers. I would like to believe that 3D wallpapers are just around the corner, because the technology is quite possible and we have seen it in action on Facebook.
Apple fans are predicting significant changes for applications on the iPad. For example, it is likely that more default options can be selected. For example, set your preferred browser not to Safari, but to Chrome. This was stated by Bloomberg, specifying that such a possibility is only being discussed so far, and we have no guarantees to see it in action.
It may be possible to use applications without downloading them. This feature is called Clips and likewise got into the spotlight thanks to the iOS 14 code. Example: You can watch YouTube videos without downloading the app. This is a convenient and necessary function, although not the most important for the user.
A number of other apps were mentioned in the code: Yelp, DoorDash, OpenTable, and PS4 Second Screen. According to rumors, it will be possible to use the function by clicking on the link to the application or through the QR code.
The next version of Safari may also have a built-in translator that allows you to automatically translate website pages.
The messaging app, i.e. Apple’s standard messenger, could get some significant additions according to code leaks. Features may include the ability to undo and delete messages already sent, mark them as unread even if you’ve read them, show the progress of writing a reply, and tag people in group chats. Such likely updates have been reported by MacRumors.
Returning to 9to5Mac, this publication announced that a new augmented reality application will appear in the axis. It will allow the user to use an iPhone or iPad to get information about the world around them. Most likely, this will either be related to travel opportunities, or, as 9to5Mac claims, getting information about goods and products in the store. If the first option is feasible in understandable ways, then the second one is of more interest, and we look forward to the appearance of a similar feature, if it is still planned in the new version of the OS.
Siri on iPadOS 14
Apple’s voice assistant gets an update with every new axis model, these aren’t necessarily obvious, but definitely noticeable changes. The 14th version of the operating system should not be an exception. Exactly what will be updated is still unknown, but MacRumors says that this time it will be an opportunity for developers to create their own versions of the voice synthesizer, which will allow translation and localization of content, as well as the use of new voices.
Health and sports
Unlike the iPhone, sports and fitness apps are not essential on the iPad. Few people prefer to play sports using a tablet, but this does not mean that their operating system cannot have suitable functions for this. In this case, MacRumors reports that the company is working on a Fit or Fitness app that will provide the user with training videos and instructions for training. You can watch all this on iPad, iPhone or Apple TV. In parallel, progress in classes will be tracked using the Apple Watch, so as usual, the application will work best if it is built into the overall system of Apple devices.
Another piece of news we’ve heard about the upcoming update is the ability to fully support the mouse in iPadOS 14. Axis 13 already had this feature, but for now, you need to enable it manually. Plus, the mouse does not work fully, as on computers. For example, at the moment it is not possible to choose the design of the cursor, depending on what it is hovering over.
According to 9to5Mac, this feature will appear in the new version of the operating system.
Apple is a bit behind the competition in terms of smart home support. iOS 14 and probably iPad OS will get a few updates. For example, there are rumors now that there will be audio playback options via AirPlay^, for example, using HomePod.
As we can see, there are not many new features we have to get in the new operating system. In addition to the main and most striking additions, of course, we should expect debugging and fixing existing errors. Many more new features will appear on the version of the operating system for smartphones, and it is possible that some of them now or eventually migrate to the iPad.
There is no new information yet on the next iPad and iPad Pro models, so if you’re looking for a tablet, this is still one of the existing models.
iPad Pro is available in 11-inch and 12.9‑inch versions. Built-in memory is available from 128GB to 1TB. The current model is powered by the A12Z, the most powerful iPad processor to date. This device is mainly aimed at professional artists and offers many features including support for Apple Pencil and creative apps.
iPad Air is the lightest iPad available with 64GB or 256GB options and a 10.5‑inch screen. It works on the A12 Bionic processor. It is convenient for everyday tasks, content viewing and communication.
The standard iPad has a similar diagonal, but from memory it received a limit of 32 or 128GB. This tablet is powered by the A10 Fusion processor. Even though the tablet is not the newest, it is powerful and can handle movies, games and other tasks.
The iPad mini is a miniature model that comes in three colors, comes with a choice between 64GB and 256GB of storage, and a 7.9‑inch display. iPad mini is powered by the A12 Bionic processor. iPad mini is ideal for those looking for a small yet functional device for work, travel and play.
All tablet models are available with SIM card support for wireless Internet access, regardless of your location.
In addition to updating the operating system, we also expect the announcement of new mobile devices and other devices from Apple. The date of the annual event has not yet been announced, but we will be closely monitoring developments.