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Make your iPad more like a Mac. How to use Apple’s new iPadOS 14 features – CNET


iPadOS 14 adds some Mac-like features to Apple’s tablet line. 

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There’s an argument to be made that the iPad is actually a computer, just not in the traditional sense. It easily switches from a flat slab of glass you can tap and sketch on with a fingertip or Apple Pencil, to a laptop-like device, complete with a keyboard and trackpad when you need to get work done. 

Apple’s iPadOS 14 adds plenty of new features to its tablet lineup, like new-look widgets and a more streamlined Siri, but there are also some tools that make the iPad more like a Mac than ever before. Here’s how to install iPadOS 14 on your iPad and how to use the new software tools. 

A new and improved Search tool

If you’ve ever used the Mac’s Spotlight tool to perform quick searches, then you’ll feel right at home with the new Search tool on iPad. (To trigger Spotlight on a Mac, press Command and the spacebar at the same time.)

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To be clear, Search has been available on the iPad, but prior to iPadOS 14, the interface took over the entire screen and the search results were somewhat limited. With the new Search tool, there’s now a small search bar that shows up — so it doesn’t gobble up the entire screen. 

The more streamlined bar looks a lot like Spotlight Search on the Mac. You activate it on the iPad by swiping down on the display from the home screen, or with the same CMD+spacebar keyboard shortcut as on the Mac. 

Search can be used to locate a ton of things: files and folders in the Files app, emails and messages, apps you installed or want to find in the App Store, music and podcasts. For example, you can activate Search while you’re composing an email to find a file you want to attach to your message. You can then drag-and-drop the file from the results directly into your email and attach it without moving between multiple apps. It’s awesome. 


Search on iPadOS 14 is more powerful than it looks. 


You can also perform what Apple calls Knowledge Search, which just means you can search for random stuff like, “How tall is Mount Everest?”, and the results will be shown directly in the Search bar. You can even enter a website’s address, say, then press the Return key and Search will launch Safari to take you there. 

A fresh coat of paint that’s very Mac-like

As iPad apps are updated for iPadOS 14, you’ll begin to see them adopt a new design. Apple has added new iPad app layouts for developers to implement. The new design transitions iPad apps away from looking like bigger iPhone ($699 at Amazon) apps and more like Mac apps. 

For example, iPadOS 14 features an updated Music app, which has a new sidebar on the left side of the screen that houses buttons and links to various parts of the app — this replaces the tab-based navigation previously used in the Music app, and is currently used in the iPhone version. The Music app on the Mac has had this same design since its release last year, and has been refined in MacOS Big Sur


The new sidebar design ditches the iPhone-like tabs along the bottom we’ve seen used for far too long. 


You’ll also begin to see a new Toolbar icon in iPad apps that will reveal and hide various aspects of the interface. For instance, the Toolbar button can cause the sidebar to slide off the screen, then bring it back with a click, similar to the Hide button you see on the Mac in apps like Finder.  

Speaking of Finder, if you use a Mac, you are familiar with the buttons that line the top of a Finder window to do things like rearrange files or change the overall view. iPad apps can take a similar approach by adding a button, just like in Finder, along the top of the screen that’s used to change how the information you’re viewing is presented. 


The new-look iPad apps are starting to look more and more like an app you’d find on a Mac. 


Tapping on the pull-down button in the Files app, for example, will give you options to change the view for the files or folders you’re currently looking at. 

There’s surely more to be found in iPadOS 14 that furthers the transition of the iPad to a Mac, or is it the Mac to an iPad? I’m still trying to decide. If you have a favorite new iPad feature, let us know in the comments. We’ve also found new features you’ll love on your iPhone thanks to iOS 14, and three ways WatchOS 7 changes how you use your Apple Watch. But perhaps our favorite features in iOS 14 are the hidden features we’ve dug up

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[Update: iPadOS 14 too] iOS 14 includes new light and dark mode wallpapers, download here – 9to5Mac

As usual, one of the things that excite people most about a new iOS release is the inclusion of new wallpapers. As of right now, iOS 14 includes six new wallpapers and you can download them for your iPhone below.

As with all recent iOS wallpapers, iOS 14’s new choices are available in light mode and dark mode variants. This means there are 3 to choose from, each available in two different options. These wallpapers are similar to the designs Apple introduced with iOS 13 last year.

Wanna take your Mac to the next level with the new macOS 11 Big Sur wallpapers? Check those out here.

You can download the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 wallpapers, in their full resolution, below. Be sure to click through and save the full resolution wallpaper, then set it via the Photos app or Settings app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

As always, it’s possible that Apple will add new wallpapers again in the fall. Apple usually releases a completely new set of wallpapers in conjunction with new hardware, so expect the iPhone 12 update this fall to bring even more choices to the wallpaper selection in iPadOS 14.

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Here are all the devices that can run iOS and iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur, and watchOS 7 – The Verge

At WWDC, Apple announced its latest software for all its devices: iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and macOS Big Sur. But that new software won’t be coming to all of Apple’s currently supported hardware — as is the case every year, a few older devices didn’t make the cut. Here’s what will — and won’t — be getting software updates this year.

iOS and iPadOS are the easiest: if your device currently runs iOS and iPadOS 13, it’ll run iOS and iPadOS 14, too, with no new devices set to lose support this year.

For iOS 14, that includes the following devices:

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

While iPadOS 14 will be coming to all of these tablets:

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

The biggest hits are coming to the Apple Watch lineup: watchOS 7 will only run on the Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4, and Series 5, with the Series 1 and Series 2 models both set to lose support.

Additionally, Apple warns that “not all features are available on all devices,” meaning that even if your Apple Watch is getting the new update, it might not get all the new features depending on how old it is.

Lastly, there’s macOS Big Sur, which will run on the following Mac devices.

  • MacBook (2015 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2013 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (late 2013 and later
  • Mac mini (2014 and later)
  • iMac (2014 and later)
  • iMac Pro (2017 and later — i.e., all models)
  • Mac Pro (2013 and later)

Not making the cut for Big Sur: 2012 MacBook Airs, the mid-2012 and early-2013 MacBook Pros, the 2012 and 2013 Mac minis, and 2012 and 2013 iMacs. If you’re not sure whether your MacBook is new enough to make the cut, you can check by following Apple’s guide here.

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