More options with iPadOS 14
The new iPad Air comes with iPadOS 14, which offers new features and designs that take advantage of the unique capabilities of the iPad, such as the large multi-touch display and versatile accessories. iPadOS 14 further integrates Apple Pencil with the iPad experience for better note-taking capabilities and new ways to work with handwritten notes. When you take notes on iPad, Smart Selection uses machine learning on the device to distinguish handwriting from drawings, so handwritten text using the same familiar gestures can be easily selected as typed text, cut out and pasted into another document. Shape recognition enables users to draw shapes that are geometrically perfect and snap right into place when adding charts and illustrations in Notes. Data detectors work seamlessly with handwritten text and identify phone numbers, dates, addresses and links. This allows users to easily perform actions such as tapping a handwritten number to make a call.
IPadOS 14 makes the iPad experience even more distinctive and powerful in other ways, including:
- New compact designs for incoming FaceTime and phone calls, Siri interactions, and search help users focus on the task at hand.
- Universal search to find practically everything quickly, from finding and starting apps, accessing contacts, files and information, to answering general questions about people or places.
- New sidebars for many apps, including Photos and Files, and streamlined toolbars that bring controls together in a single place so they’re more useful than ever.
- Beautifully redesigned widgets that show the latest information at a glance right on the home screen.