WWDC 2020 keynote has been over. Officially, Apple has, as predicted, unveiled the next version of its iPhone operating system. Contrary to rumors, Apple has not renamed iOS to iPhoneOS. iOS 14 is now official and here's all the information you should know about iOS 14.
The latest iOS version comes packed with a whole host of features and changes. Not all of these are very important, but here are a few which are interesting. The part of iOS 14 that gets changed the most is its Home Screen. iOS 4 has been released a developer beta today and the public beta will follow in July. It is expected to be released the stable sometime after the launch of the iPhone 12.
Now here are some new features revealed at the online keynote.
At the end of the app, the page is a new App Library. This is a collection of all your iOS automatically organized apps. It has a simple top-up search and app categories that you can quickly find apps. It also reveals apps you've installed recently so you can get to them faster. You can also launch apps quickly, if you want, through the App Library.
Hide App Pages
With iOS 14 you can now hide your iPhone's app pages. This is great for people who have many apps installed on their iPhones. You can simply enter edit mode and then remove the pages you don't want to see.
In iOS 14, widgets are getting a bunch of enhancements. For one thing, they're redesigned now and they come in multiple sizes, which is good. More important, though, you can now also place widgets on your home screen.
Smart Stack is one of the many widgets that are introduced. You can swipe along with Smart Stack to see different widgets if you want. It also uses machine learning to learn at which time what widget you need. So, you may see your news in the morning, your calendar may pop up during the day, and more.
Picture-in-Picture is a feature that is common in Android phones. Now iOS 14 brings it to iPhone and it’s great to have it as well. Which apps will work with this is unclear but it definitely works with the TV app.
You can drag around the PiP window, pinch to zoom in, etc. You can also swipe it to the side to hide the video, and continue to play the audio.
Apple is keeping its personal assistant Siri enhanced and iOS 14 has a compact Siri that doesn’t take over your entire screen when you invoke it. You can even send audio messages with Siri now and the feature is known to work with iMessage, but it could make its way to WhatsApp and other messaging apps.
Instead of taking over the entire display, iOS 14 allows you to see an incoming call with a small banner on the top of the screen. It's pretty useful and you can continue your activities on your phone even incoming call is made.
The Messages app gets features that have already been rumored for it. Notably, in group chats, you can now mention individuals and send inline answers. You can also choose to receive group message notifications only when someone mentions you in them which sounds useful. Now pin your message is simple in Message. You have seen this feature in WhatsApp and Telegram. Now you can use such the same thing in iMessage.
Apart from those features, Apple has announced a new Translate app, more Memoji stickers, Memojis age options, etc. The Maps app also features improvements including EV routing and support for cycling.