iPadOS 14.5 adds emoji search, new boot screen

7 features coming to iPadOS you may have missed
7 features coming to iPadOS you may have missed (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Emoji search and a landscape boot screen have been added to iPadOS 14.5.

A couple of minor tweaks to iPadOS have been spotted in the latest developer beta.

As reported by 9to5Mac:

In addition to the major changes introduced with iOS 14.5, such as the ability to unlock your iPhone with your Apple Watch, there are a pair of small but notable changes in iPadOS 14.5. For the first time, the iPad now supports emoji search and a new landscape boot screen.Emoji search came to the iPhone with iOS 14 last fall, but it was oddly missing from iPadOS up until this week's release of iPadOS 14.4. With this release, iPad users can now search for the specific emoji they want to use.

As the report notes, the new emoji search is available simply by selecting the emoji icon on your iPadOS keyboard, where you will be presented with a new search field so that you can type in the name of the emoji you're looking for.

The other change is a new landscape boot screen:

Another small but notable change in iPadOS 14.5 is a landscape boot screen, first spotted by 9to5Mac reader Steven. Now, when your iPad boots up, the Apple logo will be properly displayed in landscape orientation if it is connected to a Magic Keyboard or Smart Keyboard. If it's not connected to a Magic Keyboard or Smart Keyboard, then the Apple logo still displays in portrait orientation.

Apple has added several major upgrades in its latest series of iOS betas, including dual-SIM 5G support, unlocking your iPhone with your Apple Watch, code for a new financial health feature as well as an Apple Card family. Apple has also included AirPlay 2 support for Fitness+. From our report:

Apple has today rolled out new beta software for developers, adding AirPlay 2 support for Apple Fitness+, allowing users to stream the audio and video from workouts directly to a compatible device.With the release of the first developer seed of iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4, Apple Fitness+ users can now stream their workouts to compatible AirPlay 2 devices. Until now, Fitness+ users have been able to use workouts on their iOS devices like iPhone and iPad, as well as the Apple TV. With this new update, new workouts are now streamable to any AirPlay 2-enabled device, such as a smart TV.

Stephen Warwick
News Editor

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9