Top 10 Features of Apple iOS 14
Moe from Mondo / 27-10-2020 / Apple reviews
Apple iOS 14 has been available from mid-September and many iPhone users are still discovering the range of awesome new features available with this update. So, if you’ve recently updated your iPhone to iOS 14, here’s a look at our top 10 features to help you better navigate all the innovative functionalities you now have available.
1. Widgets transform
Using on-device intelligence, widgets have received a big upgrade. These can now be dragged onto the Home Screen, allowing you to view, access, pin and stack relevant information based on time, location, and activity.
2. A library for your apps
The App Library is a new feature located on the last Home Screen page. It automatically organises every app on your iPhone into specific categories such as Entertainment and Travel. It is easy to navigate and a handy tool if you tend to forget what you’ve downloaded.
3. Your privacy first
In IOS 14, all apps are required to get your permission before tracking is allowed and you will receive notifications when an app is using your camera or microphone. You also have the option of providing apps with your general location instead of an exact one and granting them access to specific photos as opposed to your entire photo library.
4. No more call interruptions
Before the update, receiving calls on an iPhone would take over the entire screen, causing an interruption to what you were doing. With the new update, interruptions are a thing of the past as you can now receive calls in a compact banner-style format, allowing continued phone use while a call is coming through.
5. Multitask using PiP
Picture in Picture (PiP) mode is all about multitasking as it allows you to access other apps while watching videos or talking on FaceTime. PiP works by playing videos in a small window that can be resized and relocated to any corner of your iPhone’s screen.
6. Siri gets a boost
Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, has just got a major IQ boost and can now answer 20 times more questions than before. Siri can also send audio messages to the contacts stored on your iPhone, so you don’t have to lift a finger.
7. More third-party freedom
It took Apple a while to allow users to choose their default email and browser, but finally iOS 14 brings this freedom. You can switch to third parties such as Chrome and Gmail, giving you systemwide control over your iPhone’s browsing and emailing options.
8. Messages get revamped
Messages have been revamped to make it easier to connect and communicate with friends and family. You can pin important conversations to the top of the messages list, reply to specific information using inline replies, and stay constantly updated in group chats through mentions.
9. The language connection
Apple is entering the mobile translation arena in a big way. The new Translate app has 11 languages with text and voice translations. You can have lengthy conversations with others from different languages through quick, concise and appropriate translating abilities.
10. Car keys of the future
The U1 chip that was introduced to all new iPhones last year will now be tested through the use of digital car keys. Currently, it is only available for the 2021 BMW 5 series and enables you to unlock and start your car using your iPhone or Apple Watch. This is both a feature of iOS 14 and iOS 13.
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