iPad won’t get some of iOS 14’s best new features


iPadOS 14 Home screen widgets aren’t nearly as flexible as they are in iOS 14
Home screen widgets in iPadOS 14 can only be placed along the left edge.
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WWDC 2020 Apple gave the world its first look at iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 at WWDC 2020 on Monday. And while these are still closely linked, one of the signature features added to the iPhone version, the App Library, isn’t making the jump to the iPad version.

And placement of Home screen widgets is very limited for tablet users.

No App Library for iPad

The App Library automatically organizes software in one portion of the Home screen in iOS 14. Saving users the hassle of manually sorting apps, this screen shows their icons all in categories. Games are all together, productivity apps are together, etc.

But Cult of Mac installed the first developer beta of iPadOS 14, and App Library isn’t included.

Home screen widgets are limited in iPadOS 14

A major feature of iOS 14 is Home screen widgets. These small applets can show the weather forecast, upcoming events, stocks, albums and playlists in Apple Music, and more. They can be of various sizes, and placed anywhere on the Home screen.

iPadOS 14 will also be able to display these enhanced Home screen widgets, but not anywhere. They can only be along the left edge of the display. iPadOS 13 can already display basic Today screen widgets there, and the improved widgets are going into that same area too.

Possibly subject to change

The developer-only pre-release version of iPadOS that Cult of Mac installed on Monday is a very early beta of an operating system that’s months from its public debut. Apple doesn’t plan to finish testing until sometime this autumn. It’s possible the App Library will be added before the final version is introduced.

But Apple seems to have made a point of showing widgets only on the left edge of the iPad Home screen. This is true in the iPadOS press release, and in the keynote address of WWDC 2020. This limitation might be permanent. At least until iPadOS 15 comes out in 2021, perhaps.


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