|Written in||C, C++, Objective-C, Swift, assembly language|
|OS family||Unix-like, based on Darwin (BSD), iOS|
|Source model||Closed with open-source components|
|September 16, 2020|
|Latest release||14.7 (18G69/18G70) (July 21, 2021 )|
|Marketing target||Tablet computers|
|Available in||40 languages|
|Update method||OTA, Software Update through iTunes or Finder.|
|Kernel type||Hybrid (XNU)|
|Default user interface||Cocoa Touch (multi-touch, GUI)|
|License||Proprietary software except for open-source components|
|Preceded by||iPadOS 13|
|Succeeded by||iPadOS 15|
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|iOS 14 (derived from)|
iPadOS 14 is the current major release of the iPadOS operating system developed by Apple for their iPad line of tablet computers. It was announced on June 22, 2020 at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) as the successor to iPadOS 13, making it the second version of the iPadOS fork from iOS. It was released to the public on September 16, 2020. It will be succeeded by iPadOS 15 later in 2021.
The first developer beta of iPadOS 14 was released on June 22, 2020 and the first public beta was released on July 9, 2020. iPadOS 14 was officially released on September 16, 2020. There was no public beta testing of 14.1.
|14.0||18A373||September 16, 2020||Initial release, initial release for the iPad (8th generation) and the iPad Air (4th generation)|
|14.0.1||18A393||September 24, 2020||Bug fixes, including for an issue that could cause default browser and mail settings to reset after restarting the device|
|14.1||18A8395||October 20, 2020||Improvements and bug fixes
Adds support for 10-bit HDR video playback and editing in Photos for iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) and later, iPad Pro 11-inch, iPad Pro 10.5 inch, iPad Air (3rd generation) and later, and iPad Mini (5th generation)
Addresses an issue where some widgets, folders, and icons were showing up in reduced size on the Home Screen
Fixes an issue where some emails in Mail were sent from an incorrect alias
Addresses an issue where some users were occasionally unable to download or add songs to their library while viewing an album or playlist, resolves an issue where streaming video resolution could temporarily be reduced at the start of playback
Addresses an issue in the Files app that could cause some MDM-managed cloud service providers to incorrectly display content as unavailable
|14.2||18B92||November 5, 2020||Introduces a Shazam toggle in Control Center, revamped media controls, face detection in the Magnifier app, over 100 new emoji and eight new wallpapers in dark and light mode|
|14.3||18C66||December 14, 2020||New Apple TV UI
Apple Fitness+ support for final release
|14.4||18D52||January 26, 2021||Added a prompt asking if you want to allow apps to track you
Added the "Perspective Zoom" option to the set wallpaper block in shortcuts
|14.4.1||18D61||March 8, 2021||Security fixes|
|14.4.2||18D70||March 26, 2021||Security fixes|
|14.5||18E199||April 26, 2021||UI tweaks for the Podcasts app
New interface for typing with Siri and sending messages with Siri
Support for using the Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5 controllers
New UI for Software Update in Settings
Full release date for songs in Apple Music
App Tracking Transparency goes live
2 new/improved Siri voices
New emoji characters
|14.5.1||18E212||May 3, 2021||Security fixes|
|14.6||18F72||May 24, 2021||Bug fixes
Supports Apple Card Family and Podcasts subscriptions
|July 21, 2021||Bug fixes|
To the left of the first page, the Today View is replaced by a scrollable widget UI. Widgets may be added, with options for small, medium, or large widgets. Widgets of the same size may be stacked over each other and swiped between for convenience; a Smart Stack may be placed which automatically show the most relevant widget to the user based on the time of day. Unlike in iOS 14, widgets cannot be placed directly on to the home screen in iPadOS 14; this was only allowed starting in iPadOS 15.
A series of changes were made in iPadOS 14 to reduce the visual space taken by previously full-screen interfaces; such interfaces now appear and hover in front of an app, allowing for touch (and therefore multitasking) on the app behind. Voice calling interfaces, including Phone, or other third-party apps such as Skype, are made substantially thinner, taking approximately as much space as a notification. Siri's interface is now also compact.
Improvements to the Search feature on the home screen were made, including a refined UI, quick launcher for apps, more detailed web search, shortcuts to in-app search, and improved as-you-type search suggestions. The search function now appears and functions more like the Spotlight Search feature of macOS.
iPadOS 14 gains the ability to mount encrypted external drives. However, this capability is limited to APFS-encrypted drives. Upon connecting an APFS-encrypted external drive to the USB-C port on the iPad, the Files app will present the external drive on the sidebar. Selecting the drive will prompt the user to enter the password to unlock the drive.
All the devices that supported iPadOS 13 also support iPadOS 14. Devices include: