Create amazing app experiences with iPadOS 14.

The features of iPadOS 14 empower you to create amazing experiences for your users. The WidgetKit framework for SwiftUI lets you build widgets more easily than ever before. Apple Pencil improves note-taking with greater versatility, while Scribble transcribes handwriting in any text field. ARKit 4 offers even more ways for you to bring greater realism to augmented reality experiences. And with Shortcuts APIs and event suggestion capabilities for Siri, you can surface more content to users.

UI enhancements

User interface enhancements on iPadOS make your apps even easier to use and ensure a consistent experience for your users.

Sidebars. Sidebars streamline navigation and enable new kinds of drag-and-drop interactions.

Menus. A new pull-down menu allows users to conveniently access different functions, change settings, and see certain actions they’ve taken.

Date and time pickers. Redesigned pickers make it quick and easy for users to choose dates and times.

Color picker. The new color picker lets users sample colors from photos and other content, select from a preset color palette, and save colors for use across apps.

See the Human Interface Guidelines

Apple Pencil

New selection gestures allow users to select their handwriting effortlessly and paste it as typed text into another document, and Scribble enables handwriting-to-text conversion in any text field. These new features are automatically enabled for apps that adopt PencilKit with no extra work, while UIKit API allows you to enable and customize the in-place transcription experience for your apps.

Learn about PencilKit


Easily build widgets using the new WidgetKit framework for SwiftUI. Widgets now come in multiple sizes, and users can visit the new widget gallery to search, preview sizes, and place them anywhere on the Home screen to access important details at a glance.

Learn about WidgetKit

Augmented Reality

ARKit 4 introduces a brand-new Depth API, giving you access to even more precise depth information captured by the LiDAR Scanner. Location Anchoring leverages the higher resolution data in Apple Maps to place AR experiences anywhere in the world in your iPad apps.

Learn more about AR


Siri makes content even more readily available with a new compact UI. The Shortcuts API now includes visual lists so you can display more details when providing information. For example, when a user adds groceries to a cart, Siri can show a picture, price, and description for each item. And event suggestions can now extract and surface content from emails and websites.

Learn about Siri

User privacy

On iPadOS 14, apps are required to ask users for permission to track them across apps and websites owned by other companies. The App Store helps users better understand apps’ privacy practices, and you’ll need to enter your privacy practice details into App Store Connect for display on your product page.

Learn more

Tools and resources

Use Xcode 12 and these resources to build your apps for iPadOS 14.

Download Xcode 12