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Apple's Journal app is getting new features in iOS 18, but it's still not on iPad

Journal in iOS 18

Apple has announced a handful of new features coming to its Journal app this fall, but for reasons only it knows, the company hasn't announced any plans to bring it to iPad.

Apple's Journal app made its debut on the iPhone in December, with a promise to help users document significant moments in their lives. Now, as part of the iOS 18 feature preview, Apple has unveiled a sneak peek of the exciting new features we can look forward to in Journal this fall.

A new minimalist mood tracker enables users to easily record their state of mind to keep track of their mood over time. The time spent journaling can also be added as mindful minutes in the Health app.

Three smartphone screens displaying journaling apps with text entries, mood trackers, streaks, statistics, photos, and places visited.
New mood tracker, insights, and Search features

A new insights view shows users their writing streaks, a calendar view with existing entries, and fun stats that help encourage users to write more often. It will also allow users to easily find previous entries, sort entries, and search for specific content.

Also new are the Home Screen and Lock Screen widgets, which can show users their current streaks or encourage them to write with prompt suggestions.