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What’s New in iOS 14

Author: Parth Pandya

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In June 2020, Apple announced a new version of its operating system called iOS 14 for iPhone and iPod Touch. In the latest iOS update, Apple introduced new exciting features like Widgets on the home screen, Siri improvements, updating existing apps, etc. Apple also committed to releasing this iOS 14 in the coming fall season for all compatible devices. In this blog, we will give you some of the new features on the new iOS 14.


iOS 14 Supported Devices


Before going further, take a look at which device will begin to support the iOS 14 Version of the operating system:


  • iPhone 11 Pro Max

  • iPhone 11 Pro

  • iPhone 11

  • iPhone XS Max

  • iPhone XS

  • iPhone XR

  • iPhone X

  • iPhone 8 Plus

  • iPhone 8

  • iPhone 7 Plus

  • iPhone 7

  • iPhone 6s Plus

  • iPhone 6s

  • iPhone SE (1st Generation & 2nd Generation Both)

  • iPod Touch (7th Generation)


What’s New?


Widget On the Screen


iPhone users may be aware that until iOS 13, there is no feature to add widgets on the home screen - only Android users were the first to have it. However, the time has come for Apple users to experience it, which is included in the new iOS 14 release. The new iOS 14 offers various sizes of widgets to show more display on the home screen. It will also provide different customizations like Smart Stack widgets.


App Library





The new app library automatically organizes the app category wise and the user's most-used apps.










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Compact Calls


This new space-saving feature for incoming calls and Siri requests will no longer take the full screen for display. All-New compact display screens will apply to Phone Calls, VOIP calls, FaceTime, and other 3rd party apps.



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Picture in Picture


With the Picture In Picture feature, users will be able to use other apps while watching videos or using FaceTime. The video / Call screen will become small-sized and relocated to any corner of the iPhone’s screen.


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Translate


Now, Apple users can use the inbuilt functionality to translate text from one language to another. Initially, it will support 11 different languages. Conversation mode will become easy to use, even devices will recognize the language from the voice and translate very quickly. The new iOs 14 also allows users to download languages and use them without a phone's internet connection; The feature is called On-device mode.


Siri


Many changes and improvements have been made in Siri outputs during the new release.

With Siri having a new compact design, users can now multitask. Other than that, the expanded knowledge of Siri is also a feature to look forward to.


Messages



Apple impresses users yet again for the new update in the messages. In this version, the Messages app will become more interactive for chatting. Users will now pin the message and also send inline replies. Users can now mention the name in a group message, adding a photo or Memoji to the group.




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There will be new Memoji options available that include New hairstyles, headwear, age option. Plus, the new Memoji Stickers have new expressions like a hug, fist bump, blush, and also an option to add an accessory such as face coverings to match your look.


Maps


In Maps, cyclists are now able to see cycling route directions using cycle lanes and paths. Here, users can identify which streets are busy and are rerouted to the best route. Maps App also includes a feature to help electric vehicles find charging stations to their destination. Another cool feature is called Guides, which will find interesting places/restaurants near your location for you.


HomeKit


Home App is now smarter with automating suggestions. It will give you useful tips when new home accessories are added. The new design of the Home app will provide you with a clear and quick access view to control your home appliances. The adaptive Lighting feature will change the color of lights based on the temperature throughout the day. Lastly, using the video camera and doorbell, the Face Recognition feature will identify the people who come to your house from the Photos app and notify you.


Safari


Web browsing with a safari app will become faster, powerful, and more secure than ever. Safari now can translate the web page in 7 different languages. It automatically identifies the language and shows the icon to translate. Apple has added many privacy features in Safari for a safe browsing experience.


Privacy


Apple has taken users' privacy and data protection seriously from the beginning of its release because they believe that privacy is the fundamental human rights and at the core of everything we can do. Because of that, users will get more control over data sharing and transparency in the new iOS 14. Users will be able to see the information on apps and permission requests they require before downloading the app from the app store. Moreover, whenever any application accesses the camera or microphone, it will display an indicator on the screen's top corner. With this, users can quickly identify an application's accessibility and disable it from the Control center directly. Third-party apps have also been a problem. Some apps will require to know the user's exact location - most of the users do not like this idea. Therefore, Apple's solution to this is only sharing an approximate location instead of the exact one.


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