Top 10 most important features in iOS 14: –
Before we begin, I want to mention that every single iPhone that currently runs iOS 13 is able to run iOS 14, so congrats all of you iPhone 6S users, you’re good for another year. Getting right into it,
Basically, it allows you to use an app without having to download it, like for example, using an electric scooter or paying for a parking meter without having to download the app at all. Apple will do this by allowing developers
to make a 10MB or smaller version of the app that covers a small portion of the app’s capabilities, like making a payment.
And the best part is that it uses both your Apple ID and Apple Pay, so you don’t have to create a brand-new account to use the app, and you don’t have to put in your credit card info, it all happens automatically by authenticating with Touch or Face ID.
App clips will be able to be launched from the web, maps, from within Messages, using an NFC tag, or scanning Apple’s own Clip Code which is similar to a QR code which is also supported.
And if you decide to download the full app, you can find it in the new App Library.
The worst thing about Siri was that it took up the entire display, interrupting what you were doing, and that is finally gone. Now, a small Siri icon will show up at the bottom of the screen, which means apps will open up a lot quicker due to this change in the Siri engine.
And now, when you ask Siri a question, like what’s the weather, the answer will pop up as a notification, no longer taking up the entire screen.
Spotlight Search redesign.
This also now has a compact design, just like on macOS, and it’s also rebuilt from the ground up, so you can do everything from opening an app or finding a contact, or even searching for something within an app.
But the feature I’m most excited about is being able to search for a website and being taken directly to the website instead of being taken to Google search first, so this will really help with productivity.
And another feature that I was really waiting for is the Emoji search in Messages, and it looks like we’re finally getting it.
My #1 biggest complaint about AirPods is that I could never get it to switch between my Mac and my iPhone when I wanted it to, and Apple has finally addressed this by releasing a new auto-switching feature which detects which device you’re using, also auto-switching to your iPhone when you take a call.
And if you have AirPods Pro, there’s a new spatial audio feature coming soon, which is basically, like virtual surround sound. But Apple is going all out, by taking in sensor data from both your AirPods and the device you’re listening on to make sure the sound field stays fixed in the same spot when you move your head, making it feel a whole lot more realistic.
Picture in Picture mode.
So now, when you’re watching a video and you go back to the home screen, the video will keep playing and show up in the picture in picture mode. You can now move it around the screen, pinch to resize it, and switch between apps while watching the video. And if you don’t want it to block the screen, you can swipe it off to the side and audio will keep playing.
Now, the big question is whether this will work within apps like YouTube? It works in browsers, it is not available in the YouTube app, playing videos in the background is possible via the YouTube app, but only if you have a YouTube premium subscription.
You can now for the first time ever take a widget and put it onto your home screen, and not only that, but you can resize it based on how much information you want it to take up.
So, for example, if you’re following Apple’s stock price, you can have it show up on one of your home screen pages, or you can use a larger block to show more information. And there’s even a new Smart Stack widget which you can customize to change based on the time of day and what you want it to show, which I think makes it perfect for your main page. And as far as the home screen, Apple has finally added the App library which automatically organizes apps into different categories, like Games and productivity apps.
So, you can easily use the search tool to search for apps that are now organized in alphabetical order. And because of the App Library which you can access by swiping all the way to the right, Apple will now allow you to hide certain home screen pages that you never use, making it a lot simpler and cleaner.
Apple’s sign-in with Apple which is very convenient, it will now allow you to upgrade your current account for a certain website or app to the sign in with Apple account, which is great for apps that you’ve already been using.
Now you are provided with the option of sharing your approximate location with apps instead of your precise location, which keeps your actual location private while still giving apps enough information like finding nearby movie theatres.
Apple iOS 14 Carplay and the new CarKey feature.
Carplay has been updated with new features like finally allowing you to change the wallpaper. But the big feature is that you will soon be able to use your iPhone as your car key by using NFC.
Basically, just walk up to your supported car and it’ll unlock, and thanks to the U1 chip in your iPhone, you don’t even have to take your iPhone out of your bag or purse to drive. And the even better part is that you can share your car key with somebody else who has an iPhone, and you can either give limited or full access.
Of course, it’ll be a few years until a majority of new cars support this, but it’s nice to see that this new feature is seeing release.
New Translate app.
Which can be used to translate text and play it in the selected language, so you can easily have a conversation with someone who speaks a different language. I’m excited for this because I used to have to go to Google, then search up translate and set my desired languages before translating, but now it should work a lot better since you’ll be able to use Siri to access the app and get an instant translation.
You can now finally add an icon or photo for your group so it’s easy to find, and Apple has added inline replies so people know when you’re replying to them, and by far the best feature is the ability to mention someone’s name in your reply. But what makes this great is that you can mute notifications for the group, except for the ones that specifically mention your name, so, you no longer have to deal with endless notifications.
So, there you guys have it, those are my personal Top 10 favorite iOS 14 features. Do comment down below your favorite update in iOS 14 version.