The iOS 14 released with a variety of new features, including new widget design, a new built-in translate app, sleep tracking in Health App and more. These are designed to make your iOS experience cleaner yet cooler with its upgrades. iOS 14 truly separates the old-generation of iPhones from the new.
Teased since WWDC 2020, the iOS 14 update rumored to be released with a new iPhone this year. Then, on September 15, 2020, Apple revealed that iOS 14 would be released the next day, on September 16.
But what exactly is iOS 14 and what does it bring to the table?
Well, iOS 14 is looking to redesign Apple and the Apple experience entirely. Seeing the new Widgets features and changed interface, the difference between pre-iOS 14 Apple and post-iOS 14 Apple is significant.
The Messages app gets many new features, including new emojis, conversation threads and pinning conversations. Communication will be clearer and easier with the new Message system.
Your iPhone will also be less distracting now with calls and Siri no longer taking up the entire screen. You can again watch videos from some apps in a minimized screen, so you can do other tasks while still keeping an eye on the video.
On the topic of Siri, Apple's virtual assistant gets a load of upgrades too. From having more answers to understanding more complex commands, Siri will help you get more work done faster. And, you won't be distracted while doing it.
Sometimes, you'll want to remove apps from your home screen without deleting them off your phone entirely—that's what the brand-new app library is for! Now, you can remove clutter from your screens without needing to delete the apps outright. Instead, you can move them to the app library, which you can access by swiping to the right.
Speaking of apps, App Clips is yet another quick and convenient way to use apps. Now, you can use certain apps without downloading them at all. Kind of like a preview, you'll be able to test out an app's most fundamental features before you decide to get it.
With a variety of new features, iOS 14 seeks to refine the iPhone operating system. Now that the new iPhones are 5G compatible, Apple emphasized software improvements to go with a unique design. iOS 14 truly defines a new age for iPhone and iPod touch devices.
On current iPhones, users can access the widget page by swiping right from the home screen. With iOS 14, widgets will appear on the home screen and display the widgets' information previews.
The widgets change the iOS interface drastically. Whereas Apps used to all be one size, there will now be larger boxes or rectangles covering the screen.
Similar to App folders, users have the option to create stacks of widgets to organize their screens. Sorted by category or functionality based on user preferences, Apple can also automatically create SmartStacks of widgets.
Depending on user routines, Apple's suggested SmartStacks of widgets will show certain widgets at different times of the day, as they are made based on machine-learning technology.
Download dozens of apps that will often clutter your screen, which isn't suitable for organization or aesthetics. But now, if you have apps that you don't use often, but still aren't willing to get rid of, you can archive them in the App Library.
On your home screen, swipe to the right to get to the App Library. Sorted into categories with the most-used apps appearing first, the App Library makes it easy to find your archived apps. All your data is saved and secure, and the apps won't appear on your home screen.
With the new home screen design capabilities, the App Library only adds to your ability to customize and organize your home screen.
Calls and FaceTime
When receiving incoming calls, the call notification will no longer take up the whole screen. Instead, a small drop-down menu will appear. Users can accept or decline the telephone call without completely interrupting active apps.
FaceTime will have a significant visual improvement, too. Previously, exiting from the FaceTime app would cut off the video feed. But in iOS 14, users can maintain the video feed after leaving FaceTime. This way, video communication is maintained, even if both users perform other tasks on their devices.
Like FaceTime, you'll get the picture-in-picture function with regular videos. Suppose you're watching videos on a service not named YouTube. In that case, you'll be able to view the video in a smaller window while using another app.
Whether it's Twitch or DAZN live streams or videos on Safari, you can multi-task through the picture-in-picture function.
In iOS 14, the Messages app will improve communication with its new features. Users can soon reply to specific messages and create a conversation thread.
Additionally, users will be able to tag each other in group chats and pin conversations to the top of the Messages menu for easy access.
Then, for fun, iOS 14 will also come with new emojis and new Memoji features. Both of these will make the texting experience more creative and interactive, keeping conversations interesting.
iOS 14 introduces a new Translate app that can translate up to 11 languages without Wi-Fi.
After downloading the desired languages, users can translate text by pressing the microphone button and speaking into the iPhone. When traveling abroad, you may find yourself using the Translate app very often.
You can see the translated text on the screen when in Attention Mode, which makes reading easier. Users can also save specific phrases to Favorites if they find themselves translating those phrases often.
The Translate app also works in Safari, allowing users to translate texts directly on the browser. Tap the Translate button in the search bar and you'll be able to see the entire web page in your preferred language.
Siri is getting a serious makeover and will be even more helpful than ever before. Not only has the interface changed, but Siri is more knowledgeable now.
Like phone calls, Siri no longer takes up the whole screen when activated. Instead, Siri's icon will appear at the bottom of the screen. So, just like with phone calls, users won't have to halt their current tasks to use Siri.
Siri is also more knowledgeable. With incremental upgrades that have culminated in the latest iOS 14 update, Siri now has 20x more facts thea it did three years ago. Siri can answer an array of questions, so you won't have to wonder too long about your inquiries.
First introduced on the AirPods Pro, Spatial Audio uses equalizers and sensors to create a more immersive audio experience.
You'll be able to hear your iPhone's sounds more clearly and better with Spatial Audio. Whether it's your music or notifications, iOS 14 improves the audio quality dramatically.
Apple's CarPlay gets an upgrade in iOS 14. With compatible vehicles, CarPlay will get new backgrounds for user customization. Additionally, CarPlay will become accessible with even more apps.
Meanwhile, users can also add their car keys to the Wallet app. You can share these keys with other users, and users can control the key settings to restrict usage by other users. Of course, use this feature responsibly and share access to your vehicle with caution.
If you're an owner of Apple's AirPods, you'll be delighted with iOS 14.
A glitch that users would find when connecting their AirPods to their iPhones is resolved. Initially, the screen sometimes displayed incorrect text, so users were confused about the connection process. Now, that error has been eliminated.
App Clips is Apple's way for users to discover new apps. Users will get recommendations to try a new app that could fit their needs. Based on the information Apple collects about the users' preferences, a personalized recommendation is suggested.
Without downloading it, users will be able to test the app's functionality. It's essentially a preview for compatible apps, and it's an excellent way for users to try new things out.
Besides, it also makes life much more convenient for iPhone users since they won't need to download some apps anymore. Just use App Clips.
iOS 14 also updated several of Apple's apps. Each of them received a set of upgrades, and this is a summary of those improvements.
Safari will get new privacy settings that'll inform you about a website's privacy settings. Furthermore, you'll also use the Translate app directly on Safari to translate websites in a foreign language.
The Health app will now help track sleep cycles to ensure you get the rest you need. You can also create custom Health Checklists, so you know you're hitting your goals.
If you're worried about the weather, the Weather app will have more accurate and detailed information about the precipitation, wind and more. Plan your day with more caution with an improved Weather app.
iOS 14 will be compatible with the following devices:
- iPhone 11 (Pro, Pro Max)
- iPhone XS (Max)
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8 (Plus)
- iPhone 7 (Plus)
- iPhone 6s (Plus)
- iPhone SE
- iPod Touch (7th-gen)
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