IOS 14 has quite a lot of new options, together with widgets that may rework the way in which your house display screen works, and an entire new approach to kind by way of a number of pages of apps. It’s going to assist telephones as previous as 2016’s iPhone SE and 2015’s iPhone 6s Plus.
It launches in public beta in July earlier than it is out there within the fall, however here is a take a look at a number of the largest adjustments you will see.
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You possibly can watch a film whereas doing different issues in your iPhone with new picture-in-picture assist in iOS 14.
This characteristic will allow you to watch movies, together with films and TV exhibits, in a tiny window that floats over the remainder of your display screen. An analogous characteristic has been out there on iPads for the previous few years.
Widgets are lastly coming to the iOS 14 dwelling display screen. In iOS 14, you’ll select giant widgets that present the climate, podcasts, pictures, the clock, shares, maps, music and extra and pin them to your display screen.
This association lets you see extra info, resembling the total climate forecast, or extra entries in your calendar, or complete photos, proper on your house display screen. One widget, referred to as the good stack, helps you to swap by way of widgets resembling information, well being, TV and extra, on the fly. Sensible stack will change relying on the time of day, too. Third-party apps may even be capable to reap the benefits of the brand new widgets.
App Library in iOS 14
Apple launched a brand new characteristic referred to as “App Library” that helps you mechanically set up apps. It hopes this can reduce down on customers’ frustration with a lot of apps unfold out throughout dwelling screens, particularly for many who do not usually kind them into folders. App Library mechanically organizes apps for you. You possibly can cover pages you do not use after which, with App Library, discover apps in several classes resembling “Leisure” or “Not too long ago Added.” It ought to assist cut back the litter.
Messages will get threaded texts and extra
Apple Messages is getting revamped in iOS 14 too. Now, you’ll reply to particular textual content messages in a bunch chat by way of inline replies. It is much like the threading characteristic used for messages in Slack. So, if somebody says, “Hey, what time are you coming to dinner?” You’ll reply to that message instantly, even when new messages have appeared in your chat. Messages may even embody “mentions” so you may notify somebody if you’re making an attempt to achieve them in a bunch chat, or set alerts so that you solely get tagged when you’re talked about. Teams can have customized pictures, too.
Siri is getting visible enhancements. Now, Siri seems on the backside of the display screen as a substitute of taking up your entire iPhone. And outcomes to your questions will seem on the high of the display screen. So, when you ask Siri the climate, you will see a small notification drop down from the highest of your iPhone that exhibits the climate forecast and temperature for the place you’re. Siri may even assist audio messages, so you may inform Siri you wish to start recording after which ship that recording off to somebody. Dictation will probably be rendered on the gadget, as a substitute of despatched to the cloud.
IOS 14 features a new Apple Translate app that allows real-time translation between two languages. It is much like Google Translate, permitting you to both communicate or kind in textual content for a translation. Customers will be capable to swap between the language they wish to translate from and the language they wish to translate to on the high of the display screen. Turning the cellphone into panorama mode (sideways) places it in to dialog mode so two folks can chat aspect by aspect. Apple mentioned it’ll assist complete conversations, not simply small phrases, and it will work fully offline. It’s going to assist 11 languages when it launches.
Digital automotive key
iOS 14 will allow you to share your digital automotive key with others (on vehicles that may assist it.)
IOS 14 and the present model, iOS 13, will quickly allow digital automotive keys that allow you to unlock and begin your automotive out of your iPhone. There is a catch: It’s going to solely work with one automotive to start out, the 2021 BMW 5-Sequence, which can launch subsequent month. However Apple says it’s engaged on requirements with business teams to carry the characteristic to extra vehicles, and it expects to see a brand new customary utilizing Apple’s ultra-wideband chip subsequent yr. You will additionally be capable to share automotive keys by way of Apple Messages or take away entry by way of iCloud.
Privateness indicator and knowledge monitoring
Apple’s new knowledge monitoring visible instrument for apps.
IOS 14 contains a number of new privateness updates. The largest known as “App Privateness,” and it’ll present you what sort of private info an app will ask for earlier than you utilize it. So, you will know if an app goes to ask on your location, contact data and different private identifiers. Apple will inform you if it’ll monitor your purchases, looking historical past, contact data or monetary data too. IOS 14 may even embody a small circle on the high proper of your iPhone if an app is utilizing your microphone or digital camera.
Apple launched a brand new light-weight type of software program it calls App Clips that may be launched by way of the online or a textual content message. App Clips are lower than 10 megabytes, so they don’t seem to be full apps. They’re simply “clips” of an app that you simply would possibly use in sure locations when you must get an app rapidly. When you’re at Panera shopping for lunch, for instance, you would possibly faucet your cellphone to an NFC tag or scan a bar code to open a mini Panera app to pay. They will not be put in on your house display screen and solely pop up if you want them.
Apple Maps in iOS 14 will embody biking instructions.
Apple Maps is getting a number of updates too. It’s going to quickly present you electrical automobile charging stops alongside your route that assist the sort of electrical charging in your automotive. And it will present new congestion and inexperienced zones in maps so you may see how congested a metropolis is earlier than you enter it. Biking instructions will probably be coming to Apple Maps too and can inform you if you are going to be driving on quiet or busy roads, if a steep passage is arising or if there are stairs alongside your route. It’s going to launch in New York Metropolis, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Space, Shanghai and Beijing to start out.