iOS 14 vs iPadOS 14

Ev­ery iPhone fea­ture you’re not get­ting on the iPad. Michael Si­mon re­ports

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When Ap­ple split iOS into two parts last year to dis­tin­guish it from the iPad, it was meant to give the iPad room to grow, with intuitive ges­tures, bet­ter ac­ces­sory sup­port, and, to quote Ap­ple, things that are ”only pos­si­ble on iPad”. How­ever, de­spite Craig Fed­erighi’s claim that “iPad users also ben­e­fit from the great fea­tures you al­ready saw in iOS 14”, that’s not re­ally the whole story. While that’s true for things like Scrib­ble sup­port and the new app

side­bars and tool­bars, there are an aw­ful lot of new iOS 14 fea­tures that are only for the iPhone. Here’s ev­ery­thing that’s not com­ing to the iPad:

In­ter­face App Li­brary

This is the big miss­ing fea­ture. We al­ready reg­is­tered our dis­plea­sure with Ap­ple’s de­ci­sion, but in iPadOS 14, you’ll still see the same home screen lay­out, with rows of apps and fold­ers and no way to hide them.

Wid­gets on the home screen

While iPad users will get full ac­cess to all of the re­designed wid­gets as well as the gallery and siz­ing op­tions, they’re still stuck to the side of the home screen and only ap­pear in land­scape mode like be­fore.

Emoji search

This is a big head-scratcher. Ac­cord­ing to the fea­ture list, iPadOS 14 will be bring­ing a new emoji popover menu when us­ing a hard­ware key­board, but won’t be get­ting iOS 14’s long-over­due emoji search bar.


While the iPadOS will bring sup­port for more than 65 lan­guages and let you eas­ily trans­late web pages in Sa­fari, it’s miss­ing out in iOS’s ma­jor sys­tem-wide trans­la­tion fea­tures.

For now, the brand-new Trans­late app is iPhone only, so you won’t be able to take ad­van­tage of any of the new fea­tures that Ap­ple is bring­ing to help peo­ple con­verse.


The iPad will be get­ting many of the new fea­tures that Ap­ple is bring­ing to the Maps app, in­clud­ing cy­cling guides and EV rout­ing, but it’s miss­ing some im­por­tant ones, in­clud­ing speed cam­eras, which lets you know where speed traps and red-light cam­eras are, and re­fined lo­ca­tions, which is, ac­cord­ing to Ap­ple, able to pro­vide “highly ac­cu­rate lo­ca­tion and ori­en­ta­tion when you’re in ur­ban areas with poor GPS sig­nals”.

Car Keys

Car Keys may be lim­ited on the iPhone, but they’re non-ex­is­tent on the iPad. So even if you plan on buy­ing a new 2021 BMW 5 Se­ries, you won’t be able to use your iPad to un­lock it.

App Clips

The iPad will be get­ting Ap­ple’s new in­stant mini apps, but it won’t be able to find them us­ing NFC like you can on the iPhone. Only links and QR codes for you.


Face­Time on the iPhone has a new fea­ture that, ac­cord­ing to Ap­ple: “Can make video call­ing more nat­u­ral by help­ing you es­tab­lish eye con­tact even when you’re look­ing at the screen in­stead of the cam­era.” We’re not 100 per­cent sure what it does but if you have an iPad it doesn’t mat­ter be­cause you’re not get­ting it.


The iPad still doesn’t have a Health app, so the new sleep track­ing, health check­list, and data types don’t ap­ply.


When Ap­ple bought Dark Sky ear­lier this year, the hope was that the Weather app would get way more pow­er­ful. In iOS 14 it has, with next-hour pre­cip­i­ta­tion, se­vere weather alerts, and multi-day pre­cip­i­ta­tion fore­casts. But alas, the iPad still doesn’t have a Weather app in iPadOS 14.

For now, the brand-new Trans­late app is iPhone only

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