Say hello to iOS 14, which is currently being rolled out as a free wireless software upgrade for iPhones (if you have an iPhone 6s or later, you’ll see it today). The latest version of iOS brings a whole host of new features and improvements. We’ve rounded up 17 of our favorite changes that you should try out after downloading the update.
1. Try out app clips
App clips are a new way of interacting with apps in iOS 14, provided developers have made them available. You launch them using NFC, QR codes, or web links, and they run as a bite-sized version of an app on your phone without you having to install the entire device. For example, think about renting a scooter or buying a coffee – situations where you just need access to a snippet of functionality but don̵
2. Add widgets to the home screen
Android has had home screen widgets for so long that most of its users seem bored, but they have now arrived in iOS 14 and they are pretty smart too. First, press and hold an empty area of the screen to enter edit mode, then tap the plus icon (top left). Then you’ll see a gallery of widgets that you can drag and drop around, resize, or create a stack that changes dynamically based on the time of day.
3. Send apps to the App Library
iOS 14 adds an app library that resembles a smarter version of the app drawer that Android has always had. It’s to the right of your home screens and automatically organizes all of your apps into folders. Go to Home screen You can use Settings to specify whether newly installed apps are added to one of your home screens or the app library by default. You can’t customize the App Library folders – it organizes your apps into its own categories – but it’s an easy way to clear your home screen without doing too much.
4. Hide some of your home screens
With the app library available as a repository for all of your apps, you no longer need to have all of those home screens. Press and hold an empty area of a home screen, then tap the dots that appear at the bottom of the grid. You can show and hide individual home screens by activating or deactivating the corresponding check boxes.
5. Watch videos in picture-in-picture mode
The iPhone, along with the iPad, supports picture-in-picture for video with the introduction of iOS 14. You don’t have to do anything to activate this. Just start watching a video on the web, YouTube, Netflix, or any other app, then quit the app. The video stays in place. You can tap and hold the video to move it, or pinch it to resize it. Note that app developers need to add support for the new mode in their video apps as well.
6. Pin conversations in messages
Now in iOS 14, if there are conversations in Messages that you just want to immerse yourself in, you can pin them to the top of the app. The easiest way to do this is to long press on a conversation and select pen – It will then appear at the top of your list. In group chats, you can set the name and picture: Then tap the top icon the information, then Change name and photo.
7. Mention your contacts in messages
Another new feature in Messages in iOS 14 is the introduction of mentions in group chats (see also Twitter, Slack, and just about any other messaging or social media app). Just enter the person’s name. If it matches someone in the conversation, you can tap it to turn it into a tag. If the name turns blue, you’ve set up the tag correctly.
8. Add more variety to your memojis
Apple is still encouraging people to create Memoji symbols (the animated avatars that vaguely resemble you). There are some new style options in iOS 14: more hair, more headgear, more face covering, and a wider range of ages. Everything so that your Memoji can look more like you. Three new stickers are also available: a hug, a bump, and a blush.
9. Get suggestions for smart home automation
The Home app and HomeKit framework are also updated with iOS 14. When you add a new accessory to the Home app, you’ll also see a list of suggested automations that you might want to set up right away. The app might suggest that you turn on the porch every night or open the garage door when you get home.
10. Go to bed on time
iOS 14 works with watchOS 7 (or alone) so you can fall asleep at the right time every night, with reminders and do-not-disturb options. It’s like an expanded version of the old Bedtime tool in the Clock app, only it’s now included in the Health app. Open the Health app and tap Establish sleep Button to start the function.
11. Translate websites in Safari
Safari wasn’t neglected in the iOS 14 upgrades, and you can now translate web pages in the mobile browser – although Apple currently still calls this a “beta” feature. If you’re on a site that Safari can work with, you should see a translation icon in the address field. Tap this icon to translate the text into another language of your choice.
12. Search in apps
With iOS 14, you can search apps using the main search bar (to the left of your home screens). Start your search as you normally would and it will bring up some search suggestions in the app that you can tap to choose. Scroll down to the right to see other apps to search in. Most native iOS apps are supported, including email, maps, and messages.
13. Get more detailed weather forecasts
The influence of Dark Sky is already being incorporated into Apple’s software: iOS 14 provides minute-by-minute forecasts for the USA in the weather app, and the associated widget also informs you when it will be significantly warmer, colder or wetter the next day. In addition, precipitation forecasts are now included in the multi-day forecast.
14. Use your iPhone as a translator
iOS 14 brings a new app called Translate. As you’d expect, it acts as a translator for you: you can enter text by typing it or say the words you want to translate (via the microphone icon), and translations can also be played out loud if you need help with the translation. Tap the star button to save a translation in the Favorites Tab.
15. Get more facts from Siri
According to Apple, Siri knows more facts than ever before, although there are no specific examples of something it knew in iOS 14 that it didn’t know in iOS 13 – you’ll have to try to test it for yourself. According to Apple, Siri now has 20 times as many facts as it did three years ago, and we haven’t been able to find out anything yet.
16. For cycling instructions, see Apple Maps
Bicycle directions have arrived in Apple Maps with iOS 14 so you can draw your course from A to B with pedaling power – although you will initially only see them in a select number of US cities. A bicycle icon is displayed when searching for a route. Various alternatives will appear on the screen, showing the travel time, road types and elevation of the terrain.
17. Plan a trip in an electric vehicle
Another new feature that will appear in Apple Maps with the introduction of iOS 14 is electric vehicle routing, which makes driving in an electric car much easier. Charging stops can be added automatically along your route, taking into account distance, vehicle load and altitude. However, support may vary depending on the car brand.