20+ iOS 14 New Features That Are Worth the Upgrade! iOS 14 is one of Apple’s biggest iOS updates to date, introducing Home screen design changes, major new features, updates for existing apps, Siri improvements, and many other tweaks that streamline the iOS interface.
Apple recently announced iOS 14 at WWDC 2020, giving us the first look at the latest version of its software for the iPhone. The final version will be available this fall, but here are 20 reasons why you should upgrade!
20+ iOS 14 New Features That Are Worth the Upgrade!
App Library is a great new feature that shows all of the apps you have installed in an organised, simple-to-navigate view. This style is very similar to the list view for WatchOS.
Each folder shows the three apps in the category that you use most often, and you can launch one of these with a tap. A fourth folder spot is taken up by mini app icons, and if you tap on that area, you can see a view with the entire list of apps in the category.
Hide Home Pages
In iOS 14, entire Home Screen pages can be hidden from view, which lets you keep a clean looking UI. If you need to find a app you can always use the App Library or Spotlight Search.
To hide Home Screen pages, long press on the Home Screen to make the app icons wiggle, and then tap on the dots at the bottom that represent the different Home Screen pages you have set up. From there, you can uncheck the pages you don’t want to see.
Widgets provide more data rather than functionality. Apple have redesigned its widgets for default apps like Calendar, Stocks, and Weather. There are also new widgets for Screen Time and Apple News.
All of your widget options can be viewed in the Widget Gallery by long pressing on the display, choosing “Edit Home Screen” and then tapping the “+” button. The Widget Gallery’s widget suggestions are based on what users are installing the most, and third-party app developers can create new widget experiences for their apps.
There’s a separate Smart Stack feature that’s different from widget stacking. Created in the Widget Gallery view, a Smart Stack is a widget stack that automatically surfaces the best widget option based on time, location, and activity.
Picture In Picture
The Picture in Picture feature on the iPad expanded to the iPhone in iOS 14, and you can now watch videos while scrolling though twitter or texting a loved one.
The Picture in Picture window can be resized by pinching the video to make it larger or smaller. Dragging the Picture in Picture window off the screen & makes it smaller while still allowing you to listen to the audio.
Messages – Pinned Conversations
iOS 14 lets you pin your important conversations on the top. Swipe right on a conversation and select the Pin option.
It makes sense for a single conversation but what if you want to Pin/Unpin several conversations on the go? For that, you can tap on the menu above and select the ‘Edit Pin’ option. It will allow you to Pin/Unpin multiple conversations quickly.
Messages – Mentions
There’s also a new @mention feature that lets you direct a message to a specific person in a group chat to get their attention. If you have an active group chat muted, when someone sends a mention, you’ll get a notification.
Messages – Inline Replies
With inline replies, you can reply directly to a specific message in a conversation, something that’s especially useful in a group conversation because it makes different chat threads easier to keep track of.
Maps – Cycling Directions
Apple’s Maps app in iOS 14 provides directions for cyclists with info on bike lanes, bike paths, and bike-friendly roads. Routes include elevation, how busy a street is, and toggles for avoiding steep inclines or stairs.
As with all turn-by-turn directions, the cycling directions provide voice guidance and details on the Apple Watch.
Apple in iOS 13 added translation capabilities to Siri that let Siri translate phrases and words into multiple languages, and in iOS 14, that function has expanded into a standalone Translate app.
Languages to translate between can be selected at the top of the app, and it supports either voice or text entry. Translated content can be spoken aloud for pronunciation purposes, and there’s a dictionary feature if you need to know the meaning of a translated word.
The Translate app supports Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Privacy – Recording Indicator
With iOS 14, Apple is doubling down on privacy. The system will showcase a tiny Green dot beside the Wi-Fi icon when an app is using the device camera.
You will see an orange dot at the same place when an app is using a microphone in the background.
Health – Track Sleep
The Bedtime Mode in iOS 13 is now replaced by the new Sleep Mode in iOS 14. You can set the Sleep goal in the Health app and it will turn on Do Not Disturb Mode during the set time.
Sleep mode can simplify your Lock screen at your scheduled Bedtime. You can turn on/off Sleep Mode from the Control Centre.
New Action Sheet
Apple has totally changed the Action Sheet in default apps such as Safari, Notes and the Phone App. The style fits with the whole design of iOS 14 and works better than than the previous.
Spotlight – New Search UI & Improved Search
Search is more compact than it was before so you don’t need to scroll through a bunch of results to find what you’re looking for. Apple has added a new “Search in Apps” feature that lets you enter a search term and execute a search within relevant apps like Messages, Mail, and Files with a tap.
Apple says that search in iOS 14 has been designed to be a single destination for finding and launching apps, contacts, and files, accessing quick details like weather and maps, and getting answers to common questions. Search can also be used to start a web search.
Finding an emoji seems as if it will be a lot easier in iOS 14. A new search field for the emoji keyboard lets you search though all the emojis instead of trying to find them .
iOS 14 New Features offers more privacy options, giving users more control over the data each app can access. One of these options is the “Precise Location” toggle, which prevents the app from knowing your exact location when turned off. You can use this feature by jumping into your Settings app and navigating to :
Privacy> Location Services > Click an App
As the user may be positioned anywhere within a region, the app knows roughly where the user is, but not where within that specific area.
This one is really cool. With iOS 14, you now double-tap or triple tap on the back of the iPhone to quickly access the home, app switcher, notification center, Siri, take a screenshot, and more. You can activate the feature in the Settings app:
Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap
The good news is, the back tap even works if you have a case on your iPhone.
Set Default Email & Browser Apps
With the iOS 14 update, users can “set a default web browser and email app that launch when you click a link or want to compose a new mail message,
Incoming phone calls no longer take up the entire screen in iOS 14, and instead show up as a small banner at the top of the display. You can swipe up on the banner to dismiss it, or swipe down to see more phone options and answer the call.
Siri – Redesign
Siri was redesigned in iOS 14, and activating Siri either through physical buttons or through voice commands will no longer cause the Siri interface to pop up and take over the entire display with the sound wave design.
Siri can answer a broader range of questions than before, so some complex requests that might have previously directed you to the web will now receive direct answers. Siri is also able to provide cycling directions for the new cycling feature in the iOS 14 update.
Siri – Send Audio Messages through Siri
Siri in iOS 14 is able to send an audio message both on the iPhone and when using CarPlay, and can share an Apple Maps ETA with a contact. Siri is now better than ever before, you can also send audio messages through Siri which you could not do before.
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FaceTime whilst using iPhone
In IOS 14 you can now FaceTime in the background. Swipe up whists in a FaceTime call and a small window will pop up, without pausing your session, you are able to use other applications whist on FaceTime.
You can now download the iOS 14.3 update onto your compatible iPhone, letting you get access to all the new features and tricks you couldn’t previously use on your smartphone.