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iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 Abrupt Release: What You Need To Know

Ryan Anand

| 2 months ago


Today is the day.

Apple's long-awaited operating systems for 2020 launched today with only 24 hours notice since the September 15 Time Flies Virtual Apple Event.

The unexpected release of the iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 took developers by surprise, but there are exciting features we all need to try.

Some developers such as FiLMiC Pro suggest "staying on iOS 13 until the weekend to minimize any possible complications" and until the bugs are resolved.

That said, are we willing to wait for the weekend?

Although the features for the iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 have been discussed for a couple of months now, here are the updates worth checking out for each operating system. We'll uncover the details in the next section.

For the iOS 14, check out our other All Apple News article from today for its notable key features to optimize your day.

iPadOS 14

The major update for the iPadOS 14 is how you use your Apple Pencil. Using Scribble, you can handwrite your words and translate them to text easier than before.

Get the real feel of handwriting on a tablet with the iPadOS 14. If you change your mind about a word or made a mistake, scratch it out with a scribble on the word(s) to erase it.

For learning purposes, smart select helps you select specific text and handwriting effortlessly. You can also paste your handwritten words as text to your notes to save time retyping the information.


In addition to the ARKit 4 with the iPad Pro's LiDAR Scanner, you get the same benefits in iOS 14 to pin conversations, send memojis, include @mentions, and add inline replies in group chats.

If you're studying outside more, you will want your iPad to adapt to you. Apple added adaptive lighting to adjust the light on your iPad device to your environment.

Other upgrades to Siri, Privacy, Maps, and Sound Quality are detailed in our iPadOS 14 guide.

watchOS 7

The major upgrade everyone noticed for the watchOS 7 is the sleep tracking for the Sleep app. Since the Time Flies Apple Event, the big tech company added a new service, Family Setup.

Family Setup prioritizes you and your family's health and safety. It is perfect for children and older parents who want to sport an Apple Watch but do not have an iPhone device.

Through one iPhone, you can link their Apple Watches to yours to keep track of their locations for their safety, appointments, and after-school activities.


Family Setup also gives you more control of your time with Schooltime mode to help you focus. Designed to adjust to kids, Family Setup has Activity rings to keep them moving and active for better health.

The elderly will also appreciate the Family Setup on the Apple Watch as they will get a notification for loud sounds nearby, a fall detection sensor, and Emergency SOS alerts.

tvOS 14

tvOS 14 gets the least amount of attention compared to the iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have intriguing features to check out.

Similar to the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates, the tvOS 14 gets the Picture in Picture feature to help you multitask more.

Designed for the fourth- and fifth-generation Apple TVs, you can now complete your workout with Apple Fitness+ while catching up on the news or the game all on the same screen.


tvOS 14 also gets an upgraded Control Center on the Home section for HomeKit devices. Through your HomeKit, you can now view camera feeds on your TV while watching a movie on your television.

Another upgrade is the upgrade to multiple users when you're using Apple Arcade. Each person will have their own account to view their individual progress, leadership boards, and invitations.

In case you missed the Time Flies Apple Event on September 15, we compiled the highlights for you.

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System Covered

iPadOS 14
Release Date:
September 2020


Like iOS 14, iPadOS 14 is getting significant upgrades in its interface, design, features and more. Now featuring a less cluttered design thanks to widgets and the App Library, you'll find your iPad easier to navigate. And don't forget upgrades to the Apple Pencil or Siri, both of which make the iPad experience better. iPadOS 14 will definitely satisfy iPad owners everywhere.

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