The iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 The revelations at WWDC gave users something to be excited about, but left us wondering about the differences between these platforms, which we learned about all week. And since the differences are so glaring and often confusing, we decided to pit iOS 14 against iPadOS 14 and see how they differ.
While I won’t overstate some of the differences, the iPhone and iPad sometimes have very different use cases, especially when you’re away from home. But some of these differences make me wonder if Apple’s internal delays for some apps have pushed some features to iOS or iPadOS version 14.1, or later.
The batteries and smart stacks are the same, but the iOS 14 widgets can be moved to live next to the app buttons, which is what I wanted from iPadOS 14. Unfortunately, the widgets are locked in the sidebar of the view. Today on the left side of the iPad home filter.
In theory, this could be because they already have a place on the Home screen, where your existing mini-apps from Today view were located. On the iPhone, Apple doesn’t have anywhere in the Home screen itself to really put widgets in, so they have to sit on the Home screen if they want to make a difference.
However, that still doesn’t seem like the right call. A perfect solution, at least in my eyes, could see the live widgets anywhere on the 10.2 to 12.9 inch iPad screens they could sit on. Then you wouldn’t need to have the day display bar always there and have more control over your home screen. IPad has more screen space, why shouldn’t you be able to maximize it?
iOS 14 vs iPadOS: iPads don’t get the app library
You know how iPhones will clean your homescreens for you in iOS 14, with the app library that takes all your apps and organizes them by category? For some reason, this is not coming in iPadOS 14.
And with all the big changes coming to iPadOS 14, making it look more like macOS than before, App Library would have adapted well to this new environment. It would have become the iPadOS version of the Start menu.
It’s not like your iPad can’t have a series of cluttered app home screens scattered all over the place, like a bunch of lint in a toddler’s crib. I would share my lock screens to prove it, but I feel ashamed.
iOS 14 vs iPadOS 14: Easier emoji hunting for iPad
Pretty much every app outside of Apple has added the ability to search for emoji. And while we’re happy to see the emoji search bar coming to iPadOS 14, it won’t be iOS 14 – so iPhone owners will need to keep memorizing the layout of the leaves and emoji sheets, or waste time searching and pecking for the good.
There’s a way to explain this difference: The emoji search appears on iPad when you use a connected keyboard. Most people, I guess, won’t often connect an iPhone to an external keyboard. Of course you can, but the small screen and large keyboard make the experience tricky and cumbersome.
That being said, a simple search text field won’t take up a lot of screen space. And why should iPhone users trust the Frequently Used Sheet.
iOS 14 vs iPadOS: menu and pencil tips are for big screens
I was there when I talked about the way iPadOS looks more like macOS: Apps like Photos, Notes, and Drive now have a left menu pane. This change, which moved them from the tabs at the bottom of the screen to the sidebar section closer to the Mac, makes a lot of sense. It doesn’t matter that iOS 14 doesn’t get them, because the iPhone doesn’t have the space for them.
Likewise, I’m not shocked that the iPhone isn’t getting Pencil support anytime soon. Still, Scribble handwriting recognition would have been a big deal for the iPhone. I’m sure some people would like to write shorter posts with their fingertips. To me that makes more sense than swipe typing.
iOS 14 vs. iPadOS: entire apps are missing on the iPad
The new Translate app, used to help people speak across language barriers, isn’t in iPadOS 14. While some apps don’t need iPad versions, this one confuses me. If you’ve ever seen a tourist in NYC, especially if he’s clearly a dad, you know he’s using his iPad as a camera (they’re not the only ones doing this, but it’s a clear and visible trend. ). With that established, wouldn’t the iPad be a perfect device for translation, if tourists often take it with them in public?
Apple hasn’t added the Health app to the iPad yet, either. We don’t know why, maybe it’s because of keeping sensitive personal information on as few devices as possible, but I bet all that sleep tracking data would look a lot easier to digest. if I had the biggest screen on the iPad.
Likewise, Apple thinks that the iPad only needs a weather widget because there is no full weather app in iPadOS 14. The iPad screen might let you easily see the weather. weather forecast for your neighboring towns on the same screen. Hope this gets fixed soon.
Additionally, iPadOS 14 does not fill the calculator-shaped hole in the iPad. This is the biggest puzzle, because the iPad’s large screen is perfect for using all the buttons you see when you rotate your iPhone’s calculator app to landscape mode.
iOS 14 vs iPadOS: speed cameras and car keys are iPhone exclusives
iPadOS 14 lacks some of the navigation and driving features you get in iOS 14, and I’m not going to blame Apple. Specifically, both iPhone and iPad will get directions and help with cycling and electric vehicle routes.
But the iPad will not have the Speed Cameras tool, used to know speed cameras and the behavior of tracking cameras at red lights. This makes more sense to me than any of the other exclusions, because while the routing tips can be helpful in planning where you’re going, these more ‘in-the-moment’ tips seem more suited to the iPhone, which is more often used for navigation. while you are driving and traveling.
An iPad is a bit too big for a driver to use, and I’ve never seen a dash mount that’s big enough for one. Likewise, the car keys (to unlock your car) are not on the iPad. Who would rather take out their iPad rather than their iPhone when it comes time to unlock their Prius?
iOS 14 vs. iPadOS 14 outlook
It seems that half of these differences are due to the way we interact with iPads and iPhones, and the rest can be categorized under “please, Apple, share the wealth”. Comparing iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 isn’t about finding a “winner,” it’s about trying to sort out people’s expectations for the public beta launch in July and the final versions coming out this fall.
I also hope that Apple reads this in order to add some of the best features of iOS 14 to iPadOS 14 as soon as possible …