At the WWDC 2020 virtual developers conference, Apple officially unveiled iOS 14 – the next version of its operating system. News is that if your iPhone is running iOS 13 or you’re using iPhone 6s or later, then you’ll be able to upgrade to the new software.
So what’s new in iOS 14?
Let’s take a look at the bunch of new features iPhones would be receiving.
iOS 14 comes with a new home screen that houses the new App Library feature. The App Library is placed at the end of the home screens, and it automatically organizes your apps based on categories, and into folders that shows your most recently used apps, recently added apps, and suggested apps for quick accessibility. You can easily launch any app with a tap without needing to open the folder first. The folders are categorized by social, health & fitness etc.
With the new home screen, you can now hide or remove apps that you don’t want visible on the home screen, but you’ll still be able to find them later in the app library. You can as well eliminate an entire screen if you want.
These are mini apps (i.e small parts of specific apps) that are easily accessible and can be quickly used without installing, downloading or going through the sign in process of the full app. In other words, the functionality is such that allows you to use specific apps without having to download or install the apps.
App clips are integrated with Apple pay. Users can access app clips by scanning a new Apple-designed App Clip code, or through NFC tags and QR codes, or by having them shared in Messages, or from Safari.
When watching a video or making a FaceTime call, users can navigate to other applications, and the video will continue to play in a little box on your screen. Users can also move the video around the screen or off the screen, while the audio will continue to play.
Improved Siri Interface
Siri will no longer takeover your full screen when triggered. It has been upgraded to simply show the animation in the bottom part of the screen, and notifications will now appear at the top of your screen. Along with these, Siri will be getting a translation function, with live conversation support.
New Home Screen Widgets
Referred to as more data rich, the functionality is said to come in different sizes and can be used on your regular home screens as well as in the Today view. Widgets are quite common on Apple watch, and it makes sense that Apple has decided to integrate the feature on iPhones
Apple’s Messages app is getting a number of updates that are major which includes pinning important messages and people at the top of the conversation list, mentions and inline replies in group threads, and more face masks styles, age groups, headwears and hairstyles for memoji.
This is a new tool that will allow iOS users to unlock and start their car with their iPhone. So basically your iPhone will become your digital car key. However, you’ll be able to use this feature starting with the new 2021 BMW 5 series. This works through NFC, you tap the phone to the door to unlock, then place it on the charging pad in the car and hit the start/stop button and you’re on your way. You can share a car key with others through iMessage, including with a restricted driving profile.
What better way to navigate locations than with maps. Apple’s improvements to the maps feature takes the cyclists into consideration as maps will add cycling directions, take account of elevation changes, bike lanes, and stairs. Maps will show the location of known speed cameras and red light cameras, route you around congestion zones in cities that have regulated traffic areas, and can provide specialized electric vehicle routing and charging stations.
With its new guide features, Maps will serve as a travel guide that shows you restaurants, popular attractions, hotels, landmarks, and other interesting locations worth exploring.
Explored enough? And if not, you can head here to view more of the intriguing features coming to the iPhones. The developer preview of iOS 14 is available, with a public beta to follow next month. The finalized iOS 14 will be released much later this year.
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