iOS 14 is now available to all users and this is the first version of iOS that was not introduced with a new iPhone model. The iPhone 12 is finally coming. iOS 14 brings a dramatic shift to the home screen, the widgets and more.
iOS 14 compatible devices
The following devices can be updated to iOS 14;
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE (1st generation)
- iPhone SE (2nd generation)
- iPod touch (7th generation)
iOS 14 New Features
Here are 15 new features, big and small, introduced in iOS 14.
1. New home screen and application library
The home screen on iOS has changed dramatically. Users can now hide entire pages on the app screen and choose which apps appear on it. The apps that are not used frequently are listed in the new App Library (swipe left). The App Library is something of a small disaster; programs are grouped into folders that cannot be edited. The easiest and only practical method to search for an app in the library is to use the search function.
You can choose to have newly installed apps appear automatically on the home screen, or you can add them manually. There is a new setting for the home screen in the Settings app that you need to explore. The good news is that the application library is the last page on the home screen, so you do not necessarily have to change anything on the home screen. You can continue to use it as you used to.
iOS has only recently brought back widgets, but this is the first time it has made real changes. Widgets have a new look and you can now add them to a home screen page (just like on Android). Apps need to be updated to support the new widget type. Apps that still have widgets on the older model will still appear on the original widgets page.
3. Photo in print mode
Photo in picture mode was added to iPadOS last year. The feature has now been added to iOS. Again, this is something that apps will need to provide support for. Surprisingly, the Photos app does not yet support it.
4. Change the default browser and email program
With iOS 14, users can change the default browser and default email application. The programs you want to use should also provide support for this feature.
5. Fixed Conversations – Messages
With Messages, you can now pin your favorite conversation threads to the top. Swipe right on a wire, and it will be pinned all the way to the top. Tap a pinned conversation and send a message over the wire.
6. Name and answers on the thread
The Messages app on iOS 14 plays catch-up with other messaging apps. Users can now name someone in a group conversation by entering their name (no @ symbol required). Users can also reply to a message by long pressing and selecting Reply. The user interface of the app will display the answered message. The UI looks half-baked.
7. App clips
With app clips, you can ‘preview’ apps without installing them. The selected features of an app can be used directly from the App Store. There are currently not many programs that support this. IOS 14 seems to have caught many developers unprepared.
Approximate location division
iOS 14 has a lot of emphasis on privacy. Users can now choose to share their ‘approximate’ location instead of their exact location with certain apps. For apps like Google Maps or Uber, you need to access your exact location if you want accurate directions, but apps like Facebook or Twitter will work well with an approximate location.
9. New Translate app
When you update to iOS 14, you will see a new Translate app on your home screen. It can translate text directly, and you can type text to translate. The app currently has very limited language support, so Google Translate should not be removed yet.
10. Incoming call alert
Last year, iOS 13 changed the way the volume on / off animation appears on the screen so that it did not block most of it. This year, iOS 14 changed the alert for incoming calls when your phone is unlocked. It now appears as a banner and your entire screen is not blocked by it. The banner has buttons for accepting and rejecting a call.
11. New camera exposure controls
The Camera app has new exposure controls that are quantified instead of just a button on a slider. Open the Camera app, tap the arrow button at the top of the search finder, and the controls will appear at the bottom, above the shutter button.
12. Hold the shutter to record in the camera
The Camera app can take photos and record videos in various formats, but it is not the most intuitive to switch, especially if the size of iPhones is now. If you want to record a video with iOS 14, you can hold down the relax button and then the recording will start.
13. Caption Photos
You can now endorse photos and these captions are searchable. Open a photo in the Photos app, swipe up and tap inside the caption field.
14. Camera and microphone in use indicator
If the camera and microphone are used by an app, you will see a green dot in the status bar. The indicator does not require any programs to be updated and will work for all programs installed on your system.
15. Type back gesture
This feature is only available for iPhones with Tap to wake support. You can set the phone to perform a double and triple action on the back of the phone. The feature works with and without a phone cover.
The redesign of the home screen and the ability to change the inventory browser and email client are easily the biggest changes made in iOS 14. What features are you looking forward to using? Did you find a feature we missed? Let us know in the comments.
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