Top 10 Features in iOS 14 You Should Try
New iOS 14
Apple has announced its latest iOS version which is iOS 14 on Monday (22/6/2020) at Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2020 conference. Of course, not all iPhone version was able to upgrade to iOS 14. The following iPhone versions were compatible with iOS 14: –
- iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE & iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone XR & iPhone XS & iPhone XS Max
- iPhone 11 & iPhone 11 Pro & iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple includes some of the great features that could be a game-changer for iOS. Here are the top 10 features in iOS 14 that you should try out.
Now you can put a widget on your “Home screen”. You have two different ways to place the widget. First, you can place them to “Today view” as usual, or you can move them directly to your “Home screen”. The user also can stack up the widgets and swipe through it.
To access the widgets, the user can go to a “widget library” and can customize the widgets based on their preferences. Apple also introduces a Smart Stack widget which will give a right widget at the right time.
2) App Library
The new app library will automatically organize your apps into a new group, list, or common category. This grouping or listing will be done based on your usage, time, location, and activity.
It also has a search bar to ease the user. A “Recently Added” category, will help the user to check back their latest apps download. With this new feature, it also makes it possible for a user to hide their application on their home screen.
3) Compact Calls
These new features will ease a lot of the activities. Whenever you receive a call from someone, you will receive a non-intrusive banner notification at the top of the screen. This button has an option for you to accept or decline the call. So you can receive a call from someone without interrupting what you were doing. I am pretty much sure, these features will be loved by all the mobile gamers. Trust me, I can feel you.
These features also integrated with Siri. If you activate Siri, the small overlay icon will be underneath the banner notification. Just tell Siri what to do without having to stop what you doing.
4) Picture in Picture
It allows users to keep watching the videos or FaceTime calls while you use another app in the background. The video or FaceTime call will hover over the application and able to float. You also can drag it and resize it however you want.
5) Pinned Conversations
You can pin up to 9 conversations at the top of your conversation list. You can keep those vital and important chat at the top so that you can easily get back to them. You will have a quick and easy reference to those important message thread. This will probably save you a ton of time.
With pinned conversation, you were able to see messages as they come in. This will always keep you up to date with the important messages.
6) App Clips
App clips will make it possible for a user to use apps without downloading it. It works with NFC and QR codes. This feature suitable for things like unlocking parking spots, order or pay for food, renting a vehicle, or a bike. It can further integrate with a “Yelp” for businesses.
App clips support Apple login to ease them with a single login and avoid creating a new account. It also can be used with Apple Pay.
Conversations are easy with this new feature that came with iOS 14. Just change into a landscape mode and tap the single microphone button to start translating. It can intelligently detect and transcribes the original and translated text on the appropriate sides of the screen, followed by translated audio. Translate uses advanced on-device machine learning and the powerful Apple Neural Engine to make sure a natural-sounding conversation.
Translate is a feature that was already built-in iOS 14. That means users will not have to worry about downloading a 3rd party translation app to start to communicate with a person who speaks a different language. It’s all built-in, and the translations can be handled on-device.
8) Cycling Directions
Apple now has updated the Maps in iOS 14. User can now use Maps and customize the cycling directions that suits you. The maps can be customized based on bike lanes, paths, and roads. You can also see certain elevation levels, quiet or busy streets, stairs or without stairs, and steep passages when planning your trip.
9) Siri New Look
Apple also updates Siri’s appearance. When Siri active, it only appears as a circle icon and does not occupy all of the screen space. In this new design, Siri being displayed as an animated icon at the bottom.
Not only the look, but Siri also has some new features. Siri now can find an answer to a broader set of questions by using the information across the internet. A new version of Siri also now can send audio messages in case you need to be more expressive with your messages.
10) New Safari Browser
Everyone loves surfing the web with a fast, powerful, and private service. With this iOS 14, Safari has been upgraded and more responsive than ever. With a privacy report function, Safari now can help you to better understand how your privacy was utilized on each website.
Apart from that, Safari now can translate websites in seven different languages which are English, Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Brazilian Portuguese. When you come to a website that Safari can translate, an icon appears. Just tap and read.
These are our handpicked top 10 iOS 14 features that we think you need to try out. Obviously, there are so many more features that you need to discover in this newly launched iOS version. You can try and discover by yourself which features are useful to you. For more information about new features in iOS 14, you can go to the Apple official website and see by yourself which feature that could be useful to you. Meanwhile, read more about iOS development here if you are interested with iOS development.