Apple, at WWDC 2020, announced its next generation of software, which powers its iPhone, iOS 14. This year, Apple is adding some changes in UI elements, wallpapers, a new theme to the home screen, introduced the new Apple Car key feature, and many more exciting features. Let’s take a look at the new features of the latest iOS 14.
Apple iOS 14 New Features
New Widgets Feature
iOS 14 now lets you add widgets to your home screen. This is one of the most awaited features in iOS 14. Android has already made this feature available since Android Jellybean. But Apple will always take one step ahead, as it brings new features in a more refined and clutter-free experience. Talking about widgets, iOS will let you add your favorite widget to your home screen. The apps will be so customized in a way that it makes room for the widget. Widgets in iOS 14 will be enabled from all major apps including Apps native Calendar app to other Third-Party Apps
Organized App Library.
iOS 14 also brings an App library, where you can customize and arrange your apps. According to Apple, App library is a New Space at the end of your Home Screen Pages, that automatically organizes all your apps in one simple easy to navigate view. Apple also has a Suggestions menu in the App library, that analyze your app usages and recommends app based on the data it analyzes. in the app library, all your apps are automatically organized. So you can skip swiping in the home screen to find a specific app. Even you can Tap to Hide Pages on the home screen, that you no longer need which makes it easier to access the App library more easily. App library helps iOS to organize the app in a much better way, which uses On-Device Intelligence to categorize apps based on their use.
Picture in Picture
This is a new feature in iOS 14, that will allow users to view a picture or watch a video even when they are going through other apps. In other words, Apple has made its multi-tasking feature similar to Samsung’s One UI 2.0. But, Apple only supports playing video in the background. This Feature also works similar to youtube’s mini-player feature. But as we know, Apple’s way of story-telling is a bit different from other brands, and they have named it ‘picture in picture’. But, this feature will be useful to iOS users while watching Tutorials and other guides. This new feature will also make a multi-tasking feature handier on iPhones.
Improvements in Siri
With the launch of Apple iPhone 4, Apple revolutionized the Voice-Assistant platform with its pre-recorded voice assistant, Siri. With each update of iOS, Siri has improved a lot and with iOS 13, the robotic voice of Siri was changed into a more appealing, Human voice. And now, with the latest version of iOS, the iOS 14, Apple has made some major UI changes, as well as they, added some great features to Siri. There is now a whole new Siri interface. Now, Siri does not take up your whole screen when you use it, and it shows Siri-blob at the bottom for your screen.
The latest and greatest feature coming to Siri is the Real-time translation feature that will allow you to translate foreign languages spoken as well as written in real-time. This feature works offline, which by the way is the most highlighting part. Apple uses it Neural-Engine to enable this feature on the iPhone. Apple introduced it Neural-Engine with its iPhone X lineup to take on AI-based tasks and to improve Machine Learning on iPhones.
New Translate App
Apple has also got a new Translate App on iPhone, that works similar to Google’s Translate app. But what differs the both here is that Apple’s First-Party App works completely offline. This feature on iOS 14 will offer more great use of Apple’s Neural engine
Apple also added a better privacy feature in Safari and now you can access privacy reports for websites. Here too, the company adds the feature to translate the website completely without any other Third-Party Apps.
Apple now allows AirPods Pro users to enjoy their virtual spatial audio, for any source encoded in 5.1, 7.1 and Dolby Atmos format.
Apple CarPlay and Car Key
With the new Apple Car Key feature, iPhone users can now access their Cars without using key using their iPhones. Apple uses NFC to access the car and the best part is that you can share your Car Key virtually to others.
The CarPlay has got some minor changes including new categories of apps that will allow EV Charging, parking, and food-ordering Apps
Other minor changes in iOS 14
iOS 14 now shows incoming calls as a drop up notification without taking your whole screen. Apple has also improved its universal search feature. The search now shows the whole contents on your phone as well as Siri suggested and web contents.
iOS 14 Supported Devices
Here’s the list of devices that support iOS 14 :-
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11
- iPhone Xs Max
- iPhone Xs
- iPhone Xr
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone SE ( 2nd Gen )
- iPhone SE ( 1st Gen )
Apple will also launch its iPadOS with similar features. Be sure to check that update on our website as well.