iOS 14: Apple’s Operating System the Biggest Update and it’s Features

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In June 2020 latest version of Apple’s iOS operating system was introduced, and on September 16 iOS 14 was released. It is called to be the biggest iOS update up to date, introducing changes in Home Screen Design, major new features, updates for many apps, improved Siri, and countless tweaks that streaming the iOS interface.

You can download the iOS 14 updates onto any compatible iOS device, letting you to all the new features and tricks that are provided in the updates.

Generally, Apple rolls out its new operating system updates when the new iPhone is released; however, iPhone 12 is not released yet. Older iPhones also have the access to the latest tech i.e. iOS 14.

How to Download and Install iOS 14?

iOS 14 is available to all the users with compatible devices, for the older iPhone user you can see it in the Software update section of the setting on your device.

The current version of iOS is already been released to the public on September 24. All the issues addressed in iOS 14.0.1 that weren’t fixed in the initial launch will be fixed in the iOS 14 launch.

The bugs can be fixed in iOS 14.0.1 that could cause third-party apps set as default will reset after the iPhone will be restarted. It will also address any of the bugs that will prevent the device from connecting to some Wi-Fi networks; also fix the issue that can prevent sending an email with some mail carriers. Some of the notes released by Apple are below:

  • Fixation of the issues that cause the default browser and mail settings to reset after the restarting of the iPhone.
  • An issue that addresses camera previews from displaying on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus
  • Fix the issues that cause the iPhone from connecting to Wi-Fi networks.
  • Solve the issue that prevents sending the email with some mail providers
  • Issues addressed that can prevent images from appearing in the News widget.

Apple has seeded two betas of iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 for developers and two to the public beta testers that introduce a new Shazam Music Recognition. This feature act as Control Center, to make it easier for the user to identify songs.

All the features that come with iOS 14 are as follows:

Home screen redesign 

Firstly the foremost iOS 14 brings a resigned Home Screen that includes supporting the widgets for the first time in any updates. You can drag the widgets from the today view right onto the home screen and can be pinned in different sizes.

Smart stack

The smart stack feature helps the iPhone to use on-device intelligence to surface the right widget based on time, location, and activity. This feature will not take much space of your screen also, the Home Screen page can display widgets customized for work, travel, sports, and more. The today section where widgets are located has been redesigned, and in a widget gallery users can choose a new widget from apps and customize them

App Library

A new App Library is opened for you by Scrolling all the way to the end of the apps on an iPhone, which is an interface showing all the apps on your iPhone to give you a glimpse of everything. All the apps are organized into a folder system, but there are also folders created by Apple like Apple Arcade that intelligently surface apps and suggestions. All the new apps downloaded can be added to the home screen or kept in-app library to keep the home screen clear.

Space-saving measures

The new Space-Saving Measure which means any incoming calls and Siri requests will no longer take over the entire screen. Now all the phone calls (and FaceTime/VoIP calls) show up in a small banner on the iPhone‘s display while activating Siri shows a small animated Siri icon at the bottom of the screen.

Picture Mode

Picture Mode helps the user to watch the videos or talk on face time also while using other apps at the same time. You can also resize the small video playing in any corner of the screen and can relocate it to the most convenient spot so you can go ahead and use the other apps too.

Smarter Siri in iOS 14

Siri in iOS 14

In Siri in iOS 14 can answer a broader range of questions than before as for some complex request that previously directs you to the web now receive direct answers.

In the new iOS 14 update, Siri is able to send an audio message both on iPhone as well as while using carplay and will share an Apple Maps ETA with a contact.

The number of languages is increased by apple that Siri can understand for the purpose of the translation; also you can ask Siri to translate words, phrases, and sentences in more than 65 languages now. The voice of Siri is more natural sounding for English (Australia, India, Ireland, South Africa, and the UK), French, German, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese.

App Clips

By adding this new feature of App Clips iOS 14 will let the users take advantage of some app features without downloading the app. without downloading the full application App Clips let you do things like rent a scooter, make a reservation at a restaurant, purchase a coffee, or filling a parking meter just by scanning a code.

Apple has described this feature as a “small part of an app experience” that is designed to be found in the moment of the need. App Clips works through the designed App Clip codes, NFC tags, or QR codes, and can also be shared in Messages or from Safari.

Messages app

For the Message App, the Apple Users can now pin their important messages on the top of other messages that stays at the top. You can pin the Messages to the top by just swiping to the right, which keeps them accessible and up to 9 conversations can be pinned in the messages.

Pinned chats create a little circle icon at the top of the app with the participant image and the recent messages, Tap backs, and typing indicators are displayed on the photos.

There is an icon if there is an unread message and for the group chats you’ll see the icons of the top 3 recent participants circle around the pin.

@Mention Feature

This feature is for the group conversations, Apple added an @mention feature, which means a group chat can be muted but it will send a notification if the user’s name is mentioned.

The images in the group that can be customized with an image or an emoji and also there are icons for each person that make it clear who was the last speaking.

New Memoji

Memoji

The new Memoji option that is added includes some additional hairstyles, headwear, face-covering, and ages plus new Memoji stickers for a hug, fist bump, and blush. Thanks to the revamped face and muscle structure that Memoji is more expressive than ever before.

Family Setup

With watchOS7, iOS 14, parents can set and manage cellular Apple watches of their kids and the older adults who don’t have an iPhone. Family Setup can serve as a device manager for the apple watches as this setup lets Apple watch to set through parent’s iPhone, allowing other members to use the Apple watch with no iPhone and with parental supervision.

Full functions of the Apple Watch can be used by Kids as well as parents can keep in touch them through phone calls and messages and will be benefiting from the features like Emergency SOS, Maps, Apple Music, and Siri access.

Health app

Apple has added sleep tracking support on its Apple’s watch in the Health App. Also, health for managing health and safety features a Health checklist is added to help users to understand better how audio levels can impact hearing health.

Weather app

The weather app has been enhanced with many of the new features that are added by Apple from Apple’s Dark Sky. The app provides severe information on weather events, a next hour precipitation chart, and minute by minute reading of the rain forecast. Also, it displays any of the alerts displayed by the government about severe weather alerts like tornados, winter storms, flash floods, and other weather events.

Cycling directions

directions

Now in Apple Maps you get Cycling Direction for bike commuters and cyclists, with the direction you can know how busy is the street or is there any stairs along the route. For those who own electric vehicles, you can Route with EV Charging Stops customized for current vehicle and charger types.

Curated Guides

Curated Guides feature acts as a guide to you that can show a list of all the interesting places to visit in a city for finding new restaurants and attractions. People can customize it according to them, also Apple is partnering with some of the trusted brands like The Washington Post, AllTrails, Complex, Time Out Group, and more.

Digital car keys

With the Digital Car Key feature, users can unlock their car with an iPhone or Apple Watch, and maybe in a later update with the U1 chip, the Digital Car Key will let users unlock the car without even taking the iPhone out of the pocket or bag. The car key can be shared through messages and in case you lost your phone you can disable via iCloud.

CarPlay

carplay

In iOS 14, customizable wallpaper is supported in Carplay, users can choose a new look for the carplay Dashboard and Home screen. You also see additional categories like users can download third-party parking, EV charging, and quick food ordering apps. You can send an audio message and share ETAs with friends and family with Siri in carplay.

Home app

The Home App is smarter in iOS 14 with automation suggestions and it controls quick access buttons, plus an adaptive feature is given that lets you adjust homekit lights and adjust their cooler temperature throughout the day. Also, On-device Face Recognition lets the camera lets the cameras and video doorbell tells the user who exactly is there on the door.

Privacy Protections

Updated privacy protection need developer to get permission before accessing a device on a local network, and there are newer options for limiting access to select photos or provide apps with detecting approximate location data. All the apps require to get user permission in the new update before tracking them across any website, and new icons blink on the home screen when an app is using a camera or microphone.

In the later stage, the App Store product page will be included summarizing the developer’s self-reported privacy practices providing easy to read format. Also, Apple is adding features that let exiting accounts be updated to sign in with Apple. A privacy report is provided by apple in safari that will let you know which website trackers are being blocked.

Also, safari password monitoring is added by Google that lets the user know if any saved password is been added to the data breach, along with built-in safari translation features for WebPages.

Airpods in iOS 14 can be seamlessly and automatically switch between Apple devices with automatic device switching. Whereas for AirPods Pro, there’s a new spatial audio feature for surround sound, i.e. complete with dynamic head tracking. Notification for the low battery is provided in iOS 14 in AirPods or AirPods Pro.

Dozens of tweaks and changes are there in iOS 14 for other apps. Apple Arcade supports cross-platform saving developers that can make App store subscription available for families.

Will your iPhone get iOS 14?

All these compatible iPhones will get iOS 14

The best news about iOS 14 is that if your iPhone is currently running on iOS 13 then you’ll defiantly able to upgrade to the next big software update. The iPhone 6 from 2015 or later can upgrade to iOS 14 too.

Devices listed below compatible for downloading iOS 14:

  • iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone SE (first generation)
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X
  • iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (second generation)
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