Apple released its iOS 14 operating system on September 16th for iPhone 6’s and newer. There has never been a more significant design renovation to the main home screen, and users love it. iOS 14 is jam-packed with enhancements that make navigating apps and menus faster. With new features around every corner, there’s a lot to be explored. In this article, we will unpack some of the updates.
There is a new “App Library,” where all the apps are sorted in folders by category. It can be located by swiping the screen to the right.
- Apps are organized in folders by category.
- An alphabetical list of installed apps can also be found in the search bar at the top.
- You can remove an app from the home screen without deleting it or hiding it in a folder.
A notable change to the home screen is the ability to customize widgets (previously found in the “Today View” on the far-left screen) by design and size. Users can now drag favorite widgets onto the home screen.
Siri has expanded her knowledge and now holds about 20 times more facts in her knowledge base. Ask her, “Siri, what do you know now?” She is more conversational and remembers previous tasks or queries. Another significant change, offline translation of webpages will soon be available in the Safari web browser.
Security and Privacy
Enhancements provide intelligent notifications when the camera, microphone, or clipboard is accessed.
- You can pin conversations to the top of the chat feed, even in group chats.
- New custom icon options are available.
- Added Chat Threads which allows you to reply to specific messages within a thread for clarity.
iOS 14 offers developers some new features for controlling and unlocking vehicles. The new API is designed as an alternative to key fobs. The first car supported will be the new 2021 BMW 5 Series. Look for industry-wide standard access in the future.
- Watch YouTube in 4K HDR for the first time
- AirPlay 4K video
- Picture-in-Picture support
Health and Apple Watch
- Added cycling directions for bike enthusiasts
- Added ability to track dance workouts and cooldowns
- New Sleep App to monitor your quality of sleep
- Enhanced seamless device switching.
- Battery life notifications
- Updated spatial audio
- Accommodations for those who need help with sounds and frequencies.
A new look, menu redesign, and features help keep you organized.
- Added ability to perform an Emoji Search within the Keyboard
Update your device today! If you’ve set up automatic updates, you should already be making your way around the upgrades. You can also check for the upgrade manually by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update.