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From an Android-like app drawer to iMessage improvements andThere’s a lot to use.
If you haven’t updated yet, iOS 14.before you . Below are six of my favorite features and how to get started
1. Tag someone in a text conversation
Apple’s updates to its news app mainly focused on.
What: You can now tag someone in a conversation when you want to get their attention (useful for large groups) and reply directly to a message and create a thread in your conversation. That should give you a timely answer.
How: Tagging a person in a group convoy should be as easy as typing the @ symbol followed by their name in chat. An inline reply is done by long-pressing a message and selecting it Reply.
2. Put a conversation on top of the messages
What: When you pin a conversation to the top of your Messages app, you don’t have to scroll through the long list of contacts and group conversations to find your favorite ones. This is especially useful when you have a go-to group, e.g. For example, if you have a family or friends chat where you talk every day, or if you are planning a longer-term event like a group surveillance party.
How: You can pin a contact or conversation to the top of your conversation list by swiping right on any thread.
3. Apple now has its own translator app
What: Instead of having to use the Google Translate app on your iPhone, iOS 14 has a built-in Translate app that allows you to convert text and even have a conversation with someone who only speaks another language. You can translate English, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Portuguese, and Russian.
How: You have two options once you open the app. You can enter the word or phrase you want to translate, or tap the microphone icon at the bottom of the screen to use voice-to-text. Once you’re done, the app will translate what you’ve said into the language of your choice. This is especially useful when you want to ask someone a quick question or also want to hear their pronunciation.
To have an ongoing call, switch the phone to landscape mode and tap the same microphone icon – no need to press and hold.
4. A more organized home screen with App Library
I ever wished that? Well, now. It’s called the App Library.
What: App Library is a new screen that sits to the right of your last home screen. It will automatically organize all the apps on your phone into folders based on the app category. With this feature, you can easily find all the apps installed on your iPhone. This goes hand-in-hand with another new Home Screen feature that lets you hide pages from apps you rarely use.
How: Use the App Library when you want to open an app that isn’t showing up on any of your home screens. To get there, swipe right to left to get over the final home screen. Either use the auto-organized folders to find the app icon you want, or use the search bar at the top of the screen to find the app by name if you’re not sure where it is. Alternatively, you can find two folders at the top of the App Library screen: Suggestions and Recently Added. Both update and automatically adjust which apps are in any of the folders based on how often you use an app and what you’ve recently installed.
You can find more information here.
5. Widgets have a new look and a new home
No longer need to be jealous of your Android friends – iPhone can now have widgets on the home screen. That’s true.
What: Instead of limiting widgets to the Today view, which is on the left side of your home screen, you can now add widgets directly to your display, with multiple sizes available as options. There’s even a Smart Stack widget that shows you information from multiple apps when you think you need it. For example, it can show you the weather widget followed by your calendar widget when you wake up in the morning.
How: You can view your widgets in Today view as you always have, on the left side of your main home screen, or you can drag and drop a widget from Today view onto your home screen. Alternatively, you can tap while editing your app layout plus Sign in to the top left corner of the screen, go to the widgets gallery and see what widgets you can add to your device.
6. Picture in picture is a handy tool that you will love
The iPad ($ 284 at Back Market) has been able to play a video in picture-in-picture mode for several years, and .
What: Picture in picture creates a thumbnail of a video that will continue to play even if you are in another app or screen. It will appear when you want to change gears to use a different part of the phone but don’t want to stop the video.
How: If you watch a video in a supported app like Twitch and swipe to return to the home screen, the video will continue to play, just in a smaller window. You can drag PiP across the screen, adjust its size by pinching and zooming, and even temporarily hide it from the edge of the screen. When you’re done, just tap X. to close the video. Oh, and let’s not forget – Picture in Picture works with FaceTime video calls too. Huzzah!