Last night, the Cupertino giant Apple announced its newer iOS 14 in its keynote speech at Apple’s Developers conference WWDC 2020. According to some rumors, Apple was going to change the name from iOS to iPhoneOS, but Apple had other plans. The company denied this information as the iPhone’s operating system is still called iOS.
Apple introduced many new features to enhance the overall user experience. So, without further ado, let’s talk about the characteristics of the iOS 14 that Apple mentioned in its keynote speech.
iOS 14 Key Specifications
Apple has made many improvements when it comes to the Home screen of the iPhone. Let’s start with the new App Library. Apple has added a new app library at the end of the app pages that shows a collection of all your apps coordinated automatically by iOS. It also comes with a universal search-up top and a variety of apps that you can go through to search for apps easily. Furthermore, it shows your recently installed apps so you can access them faster. You can also launch apps from the app library promptly if you want.
Second, we have is Hide App Pages. IOS 14 can hide app pages from your iPhone, which is great for users who have a lot of apps installed on their iPhones. To do this, all you have to do is go to edit mode and hide the pages you don’t want anyone to see.
Third, we have is Widgets. In iOS 14, widgets arrive with a bunch of enhancements. Apple has redesigned the widgets in the iOS 14 as they now come in multiple sizes. Also, now you can add widgets to the home screen of your iPhone devices, which is admirable. Moreover, there is also a new widget called Smart Stack through which you can swipe along to view different widgets. It uses machine learning to learn what widget you need at the required time.
Siri Redesign and Enhancements
Just like the Google Assistant, Siri is now a compact assistant that won’t take over the entire screen when you use it. Also, it now features 20 times more facts than it did three years ago. You can also send audio messages with Siri. However, it currently works with the only iMessage, but it will make its path to WhatsApp and other apps soon.
Picture in Picture
Apple has also added a picture in picture support in its iOS 14, which is great for iPhone users. You can move the PiP window around, pinch to zoom, etc. You can also swipe it to the side to hide the video and play video in the background.
Compact Call Screens
iPhone will now show incoming calls as a small banner on top of the screen instead of using the entire display. It is a useful feature for PUBG users as they know how much it affects the gameplay when someone calls you in the middle of a match.
Now, you can give inline replies in the chat and mention people in groups. You can also choose to only get notifications for group messages when someone comments about you in them, which sounds helpful. Apart from that, you can now pin messages or new conversation on iMessage.
iOS 14 Availability
As always, Apple has not announced a release date for the new iOS 14, but the company has released a developer beta today. A public beta of the iOS 14 will be launched in July. Also, a stable update will get launched after the arrival of the iPhone 12.