It hasn’t been long since Apple officially introduced the latest version of iOS, receiving iOS 14 and all its new features in the world. So let’s get over what we look forward to.
iOS 14 does not cover all the new features imaginable, along with the kitchen sink. It’s a refinement in some areas, but Apple includes a lot of new ingredients to be mixed on top. This includes changes to messages, widget availability, changes to Siri, and more.
Here are 12 of the most interesting new features coming to iOS 14.
Widgets. Apple is not a complete stranger to the idea, but the company has traditionally played it differently when it comes to deployment compared to Android-like apps and, yes, even the late Windows Phone / Mobile Windows. But here we are in 2020, and widgets get a new evolution of life with iOS 14. Users will be able to choose different sizes of widgets for the applications they love, move them to home screens and get a lot information at a glance. .
Apple also includes what it calls “Smart Stack” widgets. These will change based on different variables, including the applications you use the most and even the time of day. So what appears in this Smart Stack will change over the course of a day, offering different applications and / or services that you may want to use or use on a regular basis when you need them.
Users will also be able to create stacks of up to 10 widgets, which they can skip. And choosing which widgets are available on your device is easy as you navigate through the widget gallery and will display even the most popular third-party options available for download.
The App Library is designed to make it easier than ever to find all your apps. It’s available at the end of iOS 14 home screens and is automatically organized into categories like “Social,” “Entertainment,” “Creativity,” “Apple Arcade,” and more. But even if you can’t find what you’re looking for right away, the search bar at the top of the App Library will help you jump right into it.
The application library will provide folders for recently added applications, and the ones you use most often will always be the easiest to launch with the new feature. And the new “Suggestions” folder will provide apps that iOS 14 thinks it might be looking for based on a variety of factors, including your usage time, activity, and location.
Recently downloaded apps will automatically move to the App Library with iOS 14. Apple says you can remove home screens to help remove clutter, as all your apps will be easily available in this new section.
A new compact UI
Apple revises iOS software a bit, giving it a more compact look in a variety of areas. This includes phone calls, Siri and more. These changes will be obvious from the start. The new call notification received, for example, is present at the top of the iOS device screen, instead of resetting the entire screen. This means that users can quickly switch to notification to reject the incoming call if they want or accept it.
This feature will work with third-party VoIP applications such as Skype and also works with FaceTime.
Siri gets a compact approach, rather than taking over the school screen. Now, when a user activates the digital assistant, a small Siri icon will appear at the bottom of the screen. Any results that appear in the request will appear at the top of the screen as a notification.
The search is now an all-encompassing and unique destination. This will make it easier to launch applications, locate files, find company information, find contacts and even information such as weather and more.
And finally, picture-in-picture (PiP) support reaches iOS 14. This means you can quickly switch while watching a video or a FaceTime call to shrink the video into a small, mobile box. so you can stay on call or keep track of your content and do something else. The PiP video can be resized and rejected as needed.
Changing the Messaging experience
Apple is making some important changes to the Messaging experience. The main goal seems to be to make sure you can keep tabs on the most important conversations you have at any time, and changes seem to do just that. It starts with the ability to set up conversations in the iOS 14 Messages app.
Fixing conversations means that a conversation icon will appear at the top of the message list. The rest of your conversations will still be available normally, so they won’t go anywhere. The pins are animated, there will be typing indicators, tapbacks and indicators for recent messages are present. And the group conversations will show three participants surrounding the pin when they sent a message.
You can have up to nine pins. And speaking of group conversations, you’ll now be able to set up a group photo.
IOS 14 messages will accept mentions in a group conversation, so all you have to do is enter the person’s name in your message and tap send. And in group conversations, users will be able to customize notifications to arrive only when they are mentioned. And finally, inline replies (illustrated just above) will allow users to respond quickly to a specific message in a group conversation.
Improving maps (yet)
Apple is changing the Maps experience, adding more new features to the mix. This includes a lot of information for cyclists. The maps will automatically guide cyclists along bike paths, bike lanes and bike-friendly roads. They will also be able to check to see how busy a street is, see altitude and even determine routes that can avoid steep slopes or stairs. The maps will also provide personalized voice guides for cycling and sight-seeing while using the Apple Watch.
Do you have an electric vehicle? Set up a route in Maps and the service will automatically display stop loading along the way. It will even display the loading time, while it will display the expected arrival time. In addition, Maps will keep tabs of your charger type and provide the best route for all that information, based on the vehicle you have.
The guides, which are illustrated at the top of this section, provide recommendations on things to see in different cities based on information gathered from reliable sources. This includes places to see, eat and more. IOS 14 users will be able to save these guides for later use. And the service will be constantly updated to reflect the updated information.
Speed cameras and red light cameras will now be displayed in Apple Maps in iOS 14, and the service will show congested areas in places like London and Paris and other major cities.
One of the most requested features, real-time translation, finally comes on iOS with iOS 14. Voice translation will quickly translate the recorded voice into another language when you need it. Moreover, the software can recognize your language of choice and automatically translate from different languages. And if you download other languages, they can be translated even without an internet connection.
In the new Conversation mode, users can turn the phone into landscape mode and see both sides of the conversation. Just tap the microphone to record the software you say, then see it translated into the target language. This mode also works with downloaded languages.
Translating text is easy due to the fact that all languages have keyboards included in iOS 14. Users will be able to save their favorite phrases, which can be chosen to be translated quickly and easily at a later date.
From now on, the translation function supports 11 languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, German, French, Italian, Brazilian, Portuguese and Arabic. There is also a built-in dictionary.
A more useful Siri
We’ve already talked about the new compact UI for Siri, so we have no reason to go over it again. But now you can see it illustrated even above. Apple says that Siri now offers 20 times more facts than the digital assistant just three years ago, which makes the function more useful.
To help with this, Siri’s ability to receive responses from multiple available resources is also available in iOS 14. Siri can retrieve responses from a number of Internet resources. And now Siri will make it possible to send audio messages when you reply to a message. Siri can also provide cycling directions.
If you’re using Apple Maps, iOS 14 users can ask Siri to share your ETA with a contact.
Finally, with the more natural text of iOS 14 Siri, thanks to advanced text-to-speech neural technology, the enhanced experience will be available in these new regions: English (Australia, India, Ireland, South Africa and the UK), French (France), German (Germany), Spanish (Mexico, Spain), Chinese (Mainland China, Hong Kong) and Japanese (Japan).
Improving the smart home
Apple’s changes to the Home app and, by expanding the smart home, generally focus on privacy, also adding a few new features. This starts by suggesting new automations. With iOS 14, when a user adds a new HomeKit-enabled accessory, the software will automatically suggest useful ways for it to work automatically. So, if you get some new lights for your porch, the Home app will automatically suggest setting them to turn them on when it gets dark outside.
Based on the time of day, home controls will prioritize certain items, including the accessories themselves, depending on the time of day and how often you use them. So you’ll see some accessories available at the top of the Home app more often than some. Thus, in the Apple example, you can see the accessories in your bedroom in the morning and in the living room at night.
Adaptive lighting is a new option for iOS 14 and HomeKit accessories. With bulbs that support the ability to change the brightness of your lighting, you can set it now to change them automatically during the day. So, when it is morning, you can have warmer lighting, then, as the day progresses, have the normative light. Until the evening rolls around, you can reduce the blue light so that your eyes are lighter.
Face recognition and activity areas come on the HomeKit’s cameras and video doors. With the first of the two, the video ringtone can recognize a face that you previously tagged in the Photos app, while activity areas mean that you only receive notifications for movement in a specified area, which is in vision room.
Safari also gets new features, including built-in translation features. This will make it easier to translate entire web pages. Apple says it needs a “compatible web page” and when you navigate to one, there will be an iOS 14 translation icon users can tap to translate the page. Apple notes that you can only translate into the following languages: English, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, French, German, or Brazilian Portuguese.
Safari in iOS 14 will also monitor your passwords. The browser will keep tabs on passwords that could be associated with a data breach, which it does using powerful cryptographic techniques. It can do all this without revealing your password, even to Apple itself.
Car digital keys
The car’s digital keys are the future, and Apple jumped on the bandwagon at the beginning of the game. For starters, only BMW supports Apple’s new initiative here, but that will change in time. Car manufacturers that support NFC will make it possible for iOS 13.6 and iOS 14 users to just move their phone closer to the door handle to unlock the vehicle. The digital key will also make it possible to start the car.
The car’s digital keys can be shared with others in Messaging. A shared key can also have different access levels. An unrestricted digital key means that someone you share a digital key with will be able to have full access to the car, including being able to start the vehicle. With restricted driving, however, drivers will be able to unlock and drive the car, but must comply with restrictions, including top speed, traction control and more.
And, of course, you can remove key access just as easily.
With the power backup mode, the digital key will work for up to five hours, even if the iPhone’s battery is turned off.
Bringing support for the car’s digital keys isn’t all the new car-oriented features coming to iOS 14. Apple is also making some changes to CarPlay, the car infotainment system. First, new wallpapers. Users will be able to choose from a set of new wallpapers that can be displayed on the CarPlay home screen.
And CarPlay is gaining support for new applications that can be used with the infotainment system. New application categories include EV charging, fast food ordering applications and third-party parking.
Apple is also making changes to the way the software works with portrait screens. The CarPlay status bar can now be displayed at the bottom of the CarPlay screen, giving a more natural look to these displays in the car. Chinese and Japanese keyboards are supported with CarPlay iOS 14. Sending audio messages with iOS 14 CarPlay is possible, as well as receiving them. Sharing your ETA with Maps and Siri is also possible.
AirPods Pro gets a new and solid feature, while both AirPods Pro and AirPods will be even easier to switch between devices connected to iOS 14.
First, spatial audio. This will be a virtual surround sound feature that will bring a more realistic audio experience to truly wireless in-ear headphones. Apple says it will add a “movie experience” to the headphones, which includes head tracking, so even when you turn your head or are in a moving vehicle, the audio profile won’t change. This is a more immersive sound experience compared to the standard operating procedure available now.
With headphones, AirPods and AirPods Pro can take advantage of this accessibility feature to amplify soft sounds and adjust other frequencies. This should help make movies, podcasts, and other content seem clearer. This feature will also support Transparency mode in AirPods Pro.
The ability to automatically connect to devices is already available for Apple’s AirPods alignment, but is now improving with the ability to automatically switch between devices. So, if you listen to music on your iPhone and start a movie on your iPad, the AirPods will automatically switch to the iPad. And if you watch that movie on your tablet and start a call on your MacBook, the headphones will change again.
Finally, battery notifications for AirPods and AirPods Pro battery life become too low, iOS 14 will notify you before playing a call or starting playing music.
Here we are at the end, so it qualifies as “last but not least.” Apple is billing “App Clips” as a new way to discover different applications. It is a “small part of an application” that can be discovered when you may need it and is focused on a specific task. They are designed to be used in just a few seconds, so often even faster than loading a complete application.
Application clips can be discovered either by scanning a QR code or by touching an NFC tag. They can also be activated in Maps, Safari, Messages and Clip-App-specific codes, which are generated for each small application. They can also be released from the Recently Added section of the App Library.
After using an Apple clip, it’s easy to download the full app if you want. And the new feature works with Apple Pay, so you can quickly purchase something without uploading a full app or entering your credit card information. The new App Clips also works with Apple Login, adding another level of security.
The smallest points
Apple also notes that it has made improvements in other areas. This includes augmented reality, with ARKit 4 introducing features such as Location Anchors that will allow developers to set items, such as installing life-size art, in set locations around the world. Apple says taking a photo with the photo stock app is faster and the GameCenter is redesigned.
The Weather in Stock app receives notifications for severe weather events and will display future changes in weather conditions as well.
So we have it. There are many more in iOS 14, but these are just some of the most interesting new features that will come on the mobile operating system later this year. Apple is currently testing the software with developers (a public beta will arrive in July), and the company will release the software to the public in the fall.
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