iPadOS 14 tidbits: support for multiple windows for music, low-power mode, no emoji search

While iPadOS 14 adds many of the same features as iOS 14, including new widgets and updates for Siri, it also includes some other iPad-specific changes. iPadOS 14 offers multi-window support for the Apple Music app, as well as low-power mode support for the first time. On the other hand, iPadOS 14 also misses one of the most useful changes to iOS 14.

Support multiple windows in music

Apple added support for multiple windows to the iPad with the introduction of iPadOS 13. Last year, the feature allowed users to open multiple instances of the same application at the same time. It is most useful for applications like Safari, as it allows you to run two Safari windows side by side.

In iPadOS 14, the Music app becomes the latest system app to add support for multi-window capabilities. This means that you can have two instances of the Music app open at the same time. While this isn’t as useful as a multi window for an app like Safari, there are a couple of different ways you can take advantage of it.

For example, as you can see in the screenshot above, you can keep live lyrics in one window and continue browsing the Apple Music app in another window. You can also use it to keep the Now Playing screen aside at all times or to quickly access a specific playlist or album or its queue.

There are a variety of other changes to the Music app with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. See details here.

Low power mode

iPadOS 14 also seems to add support for low power mode, a feature that has been on the iPhone for several years. Low power mode aims to reduce the amount of power your device uses by disabling items like background email search, Hey Siri, and some visual effects.

On iPhone, you can enable Low Power Mode through the Battery section of the Settings app, but on iPadOS 14, there is no toggling to enable Low Power Mode in the Settings app. Instead, you can use Siri to enable the feature. Oddly, enabling Low Power Mode on the iPad doesn’t disable Hey Siri, but it does change its settings for things like Auto Lock and app update in the background.

For example, the low power mode on iPhone will change the auto lock setting to 30 seconds. The low-power mode on iPadOS 14 will change to a slightly more generous 2 minutes. When low power mode is enabled on iPad, the battery icon in the status bar turns yellow, just like the battery widget on the home screen.

It is possible that this is an error that Apple will eliminate in a future beta. The fact that there is no change in the Settings app for Low Power Mode on iPad could mean you shouldn’t even be able to enable it through Siri. We will have to wait and see how the beta testing of iPadOS 14 continues during the summer.

No emoji search

Finally, one of the most welcome changes in iOS 14 is the built-in emoji search. When you touch the emoji button at the bottom left of the keyboard, there is a new search field above the emoji row. Unfortunately, this feature has not yet reached the iPad with iPadOS 14. I

This may change in a future beta, but for now, you will have to continue manually searching through the thousands of emoji options.

What are the iPadOS 14 wallpapers for your iPad? Download them here.

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