iOS 14 is the fourteenth and current major release of the iOS mobile operating system developed by Apple Inc. for their iPhone and iPod Touch lines. Announced at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference on June 22, 2020, as the successor to iOS 13, it was released on September 16, 2020. To update iOS 14 first create a backup of your iPhone in iCloud or your computer. Then go to settings tap general, then tap software update. Next tap to download and install the latest iOS. You need to keep your WIFI or internet on when updating the latest software.
Coming to features of the latest iOS 14 here are some of the outstanding new features of iOS 14
The features of iOS 14
Widgets- features of iOS 14
Widgets have been redesigned to be more beautiful and data-rich, so they can provide even more utility throughout your day. Widgets now come in small, medium and large sizes so you can pick the information density that’s right for you. The gallery shows the top widgets based on what users are installing and using most.
Find redesigned Apple widgets for Weather, Clock, Calendar, Maps, Fitness, Photos, Reminders, Stocks, Music, TV, Tips, Notes, Shortcuts, Battery, Screen Time, Files, Podcasts and Siri Suggestions. You can place widgets anywhere on the Home screen for information at a glance they are perfect for tracking your commute, activity or Calendar events.
You can create stacks of up to 10 widgets to make the most of the space on your Home Screen. Drag one widget on top of another and swipe through them.
In the Widget gallery, you can select the Smart Stack, a set of widgets you can swipe through that uses on-device intelligence to surface the right widget at the right time based on factors like time, location and activity. For example, you might see the Weather widget in the morning, Calendar events during the day and commute time from Apple Maps in the evening.
App Library- features of iOS 14
The App Library is a new space at the end of your Home Screen pages that automatically organizes all of your apps into one simple, easy‑to‑navigate view All of the apps on your iPhone are automatically sorted into categories such as Social, Productivity and Entertainment. Categories intelligently reorder based on app use.
The App Library shows suggested apps you’re likely to be looking for based on usages such as time, location or activity. Use the search bar at the top of the App Library to quickly find the app you’re looking for. When you tap Search, apps can be displayed alphabetically, making them easy to scroll through and find.
You can hide pages to streamline your Home Screen, making it easy to get to the App Library. New apps downloaded from the App Store automatically go into the App Library. App Clips that were recently launched and apps downloaded from the App Store appear in the App Library, making them easy to find.
Compact UI- features of iOS 14
When you receive a call, it appears as a banner instead of taking over the entire screen, so you won’t lose track of what you’re doing. Swipe up on the banner to dismiss it or swipe down to access extended phone features and tap to answer.
A developer API is available so that apps like Skype can support compact incoming calls.
When you receive a FaceTime call, it appears as a banner instead of taking over the entire screen. Swipe up on the banner to dismiss it or swipe down to access extended FaceTime features.
Siri has an all-new compact design that allows you to refer to information onscreen and seamlessly launch into your next task. As you start a request, Siri pops up at the bottom of the screen. When Siri has a result for you, it appears at the top of the screen like a notification. Results have been updated to give you just the information you need in a new compact layout.
You can now continue watching a video or making a FaceTime call while you use another app. Perfect for having a video call with a friend while you find a time to meet or catch up on a TV show while checking your email.
You can resize the Picture in the Picture window by pinching the video to make it bigger or smaller. Even put the video window in any corner of the screen by simply dragging it.
Minimize the video window by moving it offscreen, giving you full access to an app while continuing to listen to the audio.
Search is made more flexible and easier now. The most relevant results, including apps, contacts, knowledge, Maps’ points of interest and websites, are shown right at the top, making it easier to find what you need. Just start typing and search suggestions appear below the search field. Just type a few characters and you can quickly launch apps and websites by tapping Go.
Also start In-app searches like Mail, Messages and Files. Searching the web is now easier than ever. Start typing and see relevant websites and web search suggestions displayed at the top, making it easy to quickly launch Safari for a full web search.
Pin your favourite conversations to the top of your conversation list so you can always get to them. Recent messages, Tapbacks and typing indicators animate above the pin. Also if a group conversation is pinned, you’ll see three recent participants circle around the pin when they send a message.
You can have up to nine pinned conversations that sync across Messages in iOS, iPadOS and macOS.
Direct a message to an individual in a group conversation by typing the person’s name. You can even customize a particularly active group, so you receive notifications only when you are mentioned.
You can reply directly to a specific message in a group conversation. You can see all related messages in their own view to easily keep track of a thread.
Set an image for your group conversation using a photo, Memoji or emoji that is shared with all members of the group. In the SMS filters choose to view a set of replies as their own thread or view them chronologically in the full conversation.
Customize your Memoji with 11 new hairstyles, including a man bun, top knot and simple side part. Show off your hobby or profession with 19 new headwear styles, including cyclist helmets, nurse caps and swimming caps. Three new Memoji stickers let you send a hug, a fist bump or even a blush to your friends.
There are six new-age options that let you customize your look whether you’re baby-faced, in your golden years or somewhere in between.
There is revamped facial and muscle structure that makes Memoji and Memoji stickers even more expressive. Thirteen hairstyles now include fades, where hair gradually tapers on the side of the face, letting you reflect your style. Customize your Memoji with a new face covering, including the colour, to match your look.
Maps now route cyclists along cycle lanes, cycle paths and cycle-friendly roads. You can preview the elevation for your ride, check how busy a street is and set routes to avoid steep inclines or stairs. Maps also offer custom cycling voice guidance and a rich experience on Apple Watch that makes it easy to navigate at a glance.
Also, get recommendations for the best places to visit in a city with Guides created by a selection of trusted brands. Guides help you discover great places to eat, shop, meet friends or explore cities around the world.
Easily plan trips with your electric vehicle. Maps automatically add charging stops along your route and even account for charging time when calculating the ETA. Once you securely add your electric vehicle to your iPhone, Maps can keep track of things like the current charge and charger type to give you the best route for your vehicle.
Maps let you see congestion zone tolls on the map and can route you around them if you like. The new maps offer more detailed roads, buildings, parks, marinas, beaches, airports and more, giving you a more realistic view of the world.
Quickly get a highly accurate location and orientation when you’re in urban areas with poor GPS signals. Maps let you know when you’re approaching speed cameras and red-light cameras along your route. You can also see where individual cameras are located on the map.
Enter your licence plate number in Maps to determine if you have permission to go through the area or if you need to go around it. Licence plate information is stored securely in Maps and never leaves your device.
Now conversations are easy by design with Translate. Turn the phone to landscape to split the screen and show text from both sides of the conversation. Just tap the microphone button to say something, and automatic language detection transcribes the original and translated text on the correct sides of the screen, followed by the translated audio.
Conversation mode works for downloaded languages even when you don’t have an Internet connection. Advanced on-device intelligence lets you translate your voice from one language to another. Downloaded languages can be translated using voice even without an Internet connection.
All languages have their keyboards included for translating text, so you don’t have to download keyboards separately or manually switch between them.
Enable a fully offline experience for Translate. Use all the app features for downloaded languages and keep your translations private without needing to turn off your phone’s Internet connection.
Siri has an all-new compact design that allows you to refer to information onscreen and seamlessly launch into your next task. As you start a request, Siri pops up at the bottom of the screen. The result appears at the top of the screen like a notification. Results have been updated to give you just the information you need in a new compact layout.
Siri has greatly expanded her knowledge with 20x more facts than just 3 years ago. Siri can now help you find answers to a broader set of questions using information from across the Internet, so you can get answers without having to browse the web. You can now send audio messages with Siri on iOS and CarPlay. This is great when you want to be more expressive in your messages. Third-party messaging apps are supported through SiriKit.
A new visual status at the top of the Home app gives you a summary of accessories that require your attention, have important status changes to share or can be quickly controlled.
When you add a new accessory, the Home app will suggest useful ways for it to run automatically. You can do things like enabling your verandah lights to turn on each evening, opening the garage door as you arrive home and more.
Home controls in Control Centre now dynamically suggest the most relevant accessories and scenes you’ll likely want to control based on the time of day and how often you normally use them. For example, you may see controls for bedroom lights and a good morning scene in the morning, or controls for the door lock and outdoor lights when you arrive home in the evening. You can tap the Home icon to see other accessories and scenes as well.
Light bulbs that change colour can be automatically adjusted throughout the day to maximize comfort and productivity. You can ease into the morning with warmer colours, stay focused and alert midday with cooler colours, and wind down at night by removing the blue light.
In addition to person, animal and vehicle detection, security cameras can identify people you’ve tagged in the Photos app for richer activity notifications. Easily tag people, and choose to be notified based on the person.
With HomeKit Secure Video, you can define Activity Zones within a camera’s view to capture video or receive notifications only when motion is detected in those areas.
Safari securely monitors your saved passwords, automatically keeping an eye out for passwords that may have been involved in a data breach. To do this, Safari uses strong cryptographic techniques to regularly check derivations of your passwords against a list of breached passwords in a secure and private way that doesn’t reveal your password information — even to Apple. If Safari discovers a breach, it can help you upgrade to Sign in with Apple when available, or automatically generate a new secure password.
CarPlay supports third-party parking and quick food-ordering apps. App developers have access to a variety of tools and templates that enable them to provide a smarter, safer way to use the iPhone in the car.
The addition of wallpaper to your CarPlay Dashboard and Home Screen provides a fresh new look and the ability to customize your CarPlay experience. Cars with portrait screens can have the status bar on the bottom of the CarPlay screen, allowing for wider app views and a more natural layout.
Simply ask Siri to share your ETA with friends or loved ones, and they’ll be kept up to date with your status. Now you can create an audio message or reply to an audio message with your own in CarPlay.
App developers who have updated their audio, messaging or VoIP apps to work in CarPlay have even more tools to customize their experiences. Messaging and VoIP apps can show lists of past conversations or contacts, and audio apps can show album art within lists for easy access to content.
An App Clip is a small part of an app that’s discoverable at the moment you need it and is focused on a specific task. App Clips are small by design so they’re usable in just a few seconds. They’re not installed like apps, so when you’re done using them, they just go away. Find App Clips by tapping NFC tags or scanning QR codes — from Messages, Maps and Safari — and through Apple-designed App Clip codes that are uniquely paired to each App Clip.
Tapping an NFC tag with your iPhone can launch a related App Clip. Also, QR codes can launch a related App Clip when you scan them with the QR code reader or the Camera app. Links posted on the web can launch a related App Clip from Safari. For locations that support App Clips, the place card in Maps includes a button to launch them.
App Clips are easy to share and can open in Messages. When you receive one, you can launch it right there. App Clip codes are Apple-designed identifiers that are uniquely paired to specific App Clips and provide an easy way to find and launch an app experience at the exact place and moment you need it. You can scan an App Clip code with your camera or by tapping one using NFC. Recently used App Clips can be launched from the Recently Added category in the App Library. After using an App Clip, you can download the full version of the app with just a tap.
Visit Apple Arcade game pages to explore the goals and milestones you can unlock in games and to see your progress. Launch the games you’ve recently played across your devices from the Apple Arcade tab.
Browse the entire Apple Arcade catalogue. Sort and filter by release date, updates, category, controller support and more. The in-game dashboard showcases your and your friends’ game progress at a glance. Quickly access your Game Center profile, achievements, leaderboards and more from within the game.
You can use new features in the Health app to prioritize your sleep, which can improve your overall health. Set a goal for how long you want to sleep each night, and then create a daily schedule for bedtime and wake-up.
The Wind Down experience helps you create a personalized routine to get ready for bed and meet your sleep goal. When you set up Wind Down, you can choose from various actions to help you relax before heading to bed, whether that’s turning on a Home scene, listening to soothing soundscapes or using your favourite meditation app. You can set a custom time window before your scheduled bedtime for Wind Down to run. Turning on Wind Down also means that Sleep mode and Do Not Disturb will be enabled on your iPhone during the time window you select. You can snooze or dismiss Wind Down if your schedule changes.
When you enter Sleep mode, your iPhone turns on Do Not Disturb, so you don’t have to worry about calls, text messages and notifications during the night. Sleep mode also dims your phone’s screen and displays the date, time, your alarm for the next day and Wind Down actions you’ve set up. To leave the Sleep mode screen temporarily, tap Dismiss. Your phone will automatically turn the Sleep mode screen back on. Sleep mode ends at your set wake-up time, or you can disable it in Control Centre.
The Health app supports several new data types for mobility, symptoms and ECG. These new data types will be available for you to view in the Health app.
Get notified and have your headphone volume reduced to help protect your hearing when you reach the World Health Organization’s recommended safe weekly listening dose.
Besides the above, there are many other new features in iOS 14 which you can find in Keyboard, Music apps, Notes, Photos, Camera and others.
The iPhone iOS 14 compatibility
The following iPhones are compatible with iOS 14
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE (1st generation)
- iPhone SE (2nd generation)
- iPod touch (7th generation)
Above are an iota of the outstanding new features of iOS 14. There is much more to enjoy when it comes to iOS 14.