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Apple iOS 14 review

Apple iOS 14 review

Introduction

Apple iOS 14 was unveiled at WWDC20 in June. Then, it became available on September 17, 2020. The release was unusual in that it didn’t go live in tandem with the latest iPhones as is normally the norm. The new iPhone models in 2020 could likely have their launch delayed to October.

The list of features that are newly included in iOS 14 is long – far more extensive than Android 11, which we looked at recently also.

The most important thing is that the latest v.14 adds to the OS by offering two options that are likely to fundamentally change how people interact with OS. These are widgets for the home screen and the app drawer, two essential features of Android.

Widgets were available for a while on iOS However, they were initially only available for only the today page. The Today page is the primary place to look for widgets that are part of the system on iOS 14, however, you can also find the new widgets for the home screen that can be made available in three sizes. And it is possible to have multiple stacking on top of each other.

Its App Library is precisely what it is. It’s an app drawer that is standard, and it comes with automatic sorting of apps. This is where apps go to end up.

Other significant additions include an integrated Translate application that is compatible with Siri pin-able messages, improved Maps, Picture-in-Picture mode, new accessibility, and privacy features as well as a few minor but significant UI modifications that could be arriving a bit for some, but they are very well-loved.

The latest version of iOS 14 also offers App Clips which allow you to utilize the functions of an app that you do not already have installed inside a pop-up window. The phone can make a swift download from the app store of the function you want to use which you then use and then throw the app.

Apple has created greater than 250 features that are included in iOS 14 You can see the full list on their website. In this review, we’ll look at the new iOS maturation that is a result of new and old features and how it could alter the way you experience your iPhone experience. This article is a good read for both iPhone users as well as Android smartphone owners who might be considering a move to another platform.

Highlights of the new feature:

Apple Pay is now available Naturally and Sign-in using Apple is widely promoted. You can easily sign in to apps using an Apple account, logging in using FaceID as well as TouchID (and by using two-factor authentication as well). Apple will provide the app with an individual ID. If an application asks for the email of your choice, you may opt to either provide your real email address, or an alternative one that is automatically generated by Apple for you, with integrated forwarding (and these email addresses are generated on a per-app basis, meaning you’re only able to delete ones that are connected to a specific application if you wish to).

  1. General user interface updates

General iOS 14 interface

This year’s iOS 14 focus falls on the new widgets and App Library that will enhance your experience if you choose to make use of these features. It’s refreshing to see Apple has decided to make these new features as affluent as possible rather than insisting on them as soon as they are available.

The remainder of iOS is mostly unchanged, with small UI enhancements across various systems apps. There are new features and apps also available. Let’s begin from the beginning.

The lock screen in iOS14 is still there It’s a screen that’s part of a Notification Center and houses your notifications (privacy options are also available) as well as shortcuts for cameras and the torch. It’s possible to get around it using the Face ID, Touch ID (where it’s available), or PIN if you’ve chosen to go with secure unlock.

Your apps typically appear on your home screen(s) as well as widgets are located on that’s the top left Today page. Also, there’s the rightmost tab – that of the App Library.

 

The new option lets users block certain home screens. You could have a home page packed with games, and then hide it at work or you can remove both pages from work-related apps while on vacation. It’s not possible to remove yourself from Today and App Library though.

Screen Lockscreen Homescreen * Homescreen * Today * App Library * Hide home screens

You can continue using iOS 14 the old way If you prefer and do not use your App Library. There isn’t an alternative to deactivate the App Library completely.

If you upgrade to upgrade your iPhone with iOS 14 you’ll notice that nothing has changed. As long as you don’t start adding the widgets onto your main screen(s) and then everything remains the same as before iOS 14. Nothing is going to be forced upon you. Apps are placed on your screen(s) and widgets will be added daily.

You can also decide to accept the changes and fully embrace the changes.

The new Widgets are available anywhere on the home screens or the Today page and be used alongside icons from apps. There are three sizes of widgets that can be used by iOS 14: 2×2 4×2, 2×2, and 4×4.

All widgets that are available at the time of launch

It is possible to stack widgets of identical sizes over one another. Once you’ve got an array it is possible to have the OS automatically select an appropriate widget for you to rise at on top, or you can browse the stack by manually swiping either up or down until locating the widget you require. We like the idea of stacking widgets – it’s an effective way to save space particularly when you mix an often used widget at the top and less commonly used widgets within the lower stack.

Different sizes of widgets * Widgets * Widgets widgets widgets Settings

App Library App Library can be described as an app drawer that is always on your top screen for your home. Apps are automatically added to the App Library when they are installed. Sorting is also an automated process, however, it isn’t possible to edit the categories, or even move apps between categories.

The App Library includes a search bar at the top. It is followed by every category – Suggestions Recently added Utilities, Social, Games, Productivity and Entertainment, Finance, Creativity and Information % Reading Travel Other and Food, Shopping & Food, Health & Fitness, and Education. We believe that the sorting of apps is based on how many App Store tags the developer uses when uploading the apps.

The App Library includes three settings only The three settings are: Add new apps to Homescreen or App Library Add only to the App Library and show Notification Badges within the App Library. That’s it.

It’s the App Library is the location where you’ll get rid of the apps you don’t use to be discarded. It’s inevitable
App Library

We’re betting that this Today page will eventually go disappear, but for the moment it’s a special widget page. It’s the same widgets and stacks placed on the home screen(s). You can also utilize the older widgets from third parties that aren’t optimized to work with iOS 14. The old widgets are available following the new ones, should you choose to install some of the latest ones.

We can predict that in time every developer will upgrade their widgets to allow iOS 14 and that’s the end of Today as we have it today.

Page for Today

The navigation gestures are the same as when they were on iPhone X. Swipe upwards from the bottom line to close an application, swipe, and then stop midway to switch between tasks, and swipe to the left or right side the screen to switch forward and back. You can swipe across the line to the left or right to switch between the most recently used apps instantly.

Gestures Task Switcher * Moving between applications Returning * Closing an application

It’s the Notification Center that is summoned with swipes from the left horn or the notch. The Notification Center was integrated by the lock screen with iOS 11. That’s the reason you can choose various wallpapers for your home screen and in the notification center.

Control Center: The Control Center, which has adjustable as well as (some) adjustable toggles can be accessed by a swipe from the right Horn. It is possible to use haptic touches to open additional options. Also, the battery percentage is available.

Notification Center * Control Center

You can utilize the Haptic Touch on different icons of the app to show rapid actions if they are it is available. It can also be used to display notifications, toggles, and pop-ups with content in-app, or expansions (pictures and links, file descriptions, etc.). It is also possible to utilize Haptic Touch on folders to name them or to view the apps within that contain in-progress notifications. In addition, as is the norm, an open preview of images and web links, messages, notes, emails, as well as pictures is also available.

Haptic Touch

There’s an all-system Dark Mode. It is possible to enable it by hand or set up the Display Settings, and it changes to white backgrounds with dark shades across iOS. Dark Mode is a feature that affects all iOS apps. Dark Mode affects all system applications, and also those which rely on background wallpapers from the system. It is also possible to check the option to darken the background of the home screen when you are you are in Dark Mode.

Dark Mode

Siri, Apple’s digital assistant utilized by more than 400 million users per month. It is activated by pressing the side button (the power key). Siri allows you to do a variety of things using Siri such as asking queries and translations, scheduling reminders, and replying to messages soliciting reservations, ticket directions, or anything else.

Siri Shortcuts are accessible in a separate application. It is so numerous options that you can assign a shortcut to that it’s going to need several pages to describe the features. You can program almost everything accessible within iOS itself, and a large amount of it from applications that run on the system, and some advanced actions that are available from popular apps like YouTube as well as Facebook.

Another exciting new feature of iOS 14 is the more compact Siri interface. When you call Siri you’ll be able to notice a small ball hovering around the bottom and the answer will be presented with a small pop-up. This way, you’ll remain aware of what’s happening in the app you’re currently using.

The new Siri UI

This is the end of the broad UI exploration.

  1. Updates to the app and service

Apps and services

App Clips App Clips service is an important feature of iOS 14 even though we have yet to see it live. In the coming months and weeks, we’ll see numerous popular apps add support for App Clips.

App Clip is a pop-up window App Clip is an app that opens in a pop-up where you can utilize a small portion of an application that isn’t installed on your device without having to go to the App Store and download it. IOS 14 downloads this “clip” for you in real-time using the function to open it, and it then goes away.

For instance, you search for hamburgers on your computer You come across a location offering a nice burger and then you click on the one you’d like to purchase. A small pop-up window opens on Foodpanda’s application, which allows you to purchase without downloading their app or creating a registration. This is also true for bikes, taxis, or scooter rentals as well as others.

On the back of the phone’s tap is a brand new access shortcut. It can recognize double and triple taps to both sides of the handset which you can assign any you want. We went with ‘Take a picture as well as ‘Control Center However, it’s entirely your choice. In the end, it will be among our top features of iOS14.

The Phone application remains similar, however, receiving calls while your phone is locked is now more private with the latest minimalist user interface.

Instead of stopping the entire thing you were working on and then displaying the black call screen, you’re presented with a small screen with Green and red receivers, as well as the caller’s name. There’s no pause, and the screen isn’t changed. It took a long time to come out and we’re happy that it’s finally there!

The small phone interface Messages application has received some updates, too. It is now possible to pin threads to your phone for easy access to other messages.

The app also allows inline replies, which turn any conversation group into a thread on its own.

Emoji search is now accessible as well, so you won’t have to browse through hundreds of tiny emojis to locate the one you want.

Messaging with Pinged messages. Threaded replies. • Emoji Search

The Health app has the latest feature, dubbed sleep mode. It’s like an enhanced Do Not Disturb mode that integrates DND options with Wind Down, and finally, it will set the alarm automatically for you. You can choose the sleep time you want to set and then you can set DND settings and the Wind Downtime as well as the apps that are locked.

If you own the Apple Watch or other smart device that can track your sleep (Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is our instance) You will receive specific information regarding your sleep quality and goals in the Sleep Mode part of the Health app.

App for Health – Sleep Mode

Another exciting new feature is the playback support in 4K in the YouTube application. The default setting is to run in 1080p and 720p resolutions However, you can pick 2160p as an option in case you prefer this.

PiP, also known as Picture-in-Picture mode is an appreciated and long overdue feature on iOS. It accomplishes exactly what is implied by the name – it minimizes the playing of your video in an over-the-top pop-up that hovers over the iOS UI or in other applications.

PiP is compatible with Apple TV, Podcasts, Safari, FaceTime, iTunes, Home, YouTube, and any other app that decides to add support for PiP. Also, speaking of YouTube PiP will work only if you’re paying YouTube Premium subscribers.

Can we now get PiP for Maps as well, Apple? Do you have a beautiful request?

Picture in Picture

Apple has launched a new Translate application that will attempt to convince you to go away from Google Translate. It has a conversation mode feature which provides it with an edge over Google’s and will allow the seamless translation of conversations that are in any foreign language.

However, at the time of its launch, the Translate application only supports a small number of languages, even though they’re among the most popular languages across the world – English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, and Russian.

You can compose the text by hand or press the microphone button to use the speech-to-text service.

Translate app

The multimedia functions are handled by the default Apple applications – Music, Photos TV, Photos – and they remain mostly the same since the iOS 13 versions.

The Photos tab provides four distinct views: Years months, and days along with All Photos. Days months, years, and days tabs display the images that the AI thinks are the top photos at a glance in this way, everything else is removed so that you don’t notice notes, screenshots, or duplicates. If you browse through your images within the three groups, live photos and videos will automatically play (muted). Additionally, the best images or videos will appear with larger thumbnails.

AI-powered search features, as well as powerful video and photo editing modes, are available like usual.

Photos

The camera app is equipped with a small but significant modification – now you have effective control of your exposure with the option of locking it as the default till you change it.

Control of exposure

It’s the Apple TV app is part of iOS 14, and it is the default player for local films and shows that you’ve added through iTunes. This is also the online store for TV and movie shows, and it’s also where you can find an Apple TV+ streaming service.

Apple TV

Music is now an icon for the home screen. It’s the default player and relies heavily upon Apple Music. Even if you decide not to make use of this streaming option, you will be a good choice when you only are in a hurry to add your tracks through iTunes. In reality, the addition of music tracks using iTunes takes as few clicks as it takes to copy them using Windows Explorer so there is no cost, however, the need to install and download iTunes initially could be a bit jarring for Windows computer users.

Music

Books are available for documents such as PDFS, eBooks, and PDFs. Stocks, as well as News, are available. Safari is your preferred web browser. It includes a Download manager as well as various privacy options that we’ll discuss in a moment.

Apple Maps will be bringing its upgraded mapping service to the UK, Ireland, and Canada “later this year.” It will include cycling directions, along with information about elevations, and the new “avoid stairs” option for New York, LA, San Francisco, Beijing, and Shanghai.

The new EV route will incorporate essential charging stops along the route.

Guides help you find restaurants, popular attractions, and other eateries as well as explore suggestions made by “respected brands”.

The maps also display popular speed cameras and red-light cameras.

Maps

Apple Pay is now available Of course and Sign-in using Apple is widely promoted. It is possible to easily sign in to apps using an Apple account, authenticating using FaceID as well as TouchID (and using two-factor authentication as well). Apple will then send the app an individual ID. If an application asks for an email address from you, then you may opt to either provide your actual email address or a random one generated by Apple to suit your needs, using integrated forwarding (and these emails that are discarded are created on a per-app basis, which means you’re able to delete just one connected to a specific app, if you want to).

  1. The latest privacy tools, concluding

New privacy features for your home.

The latest version of iOS 14 comes with enhanced privacy features that cover the whole operating system. You can now alter some features of default Apple applications, access an impressive privacy report via Safari as well as select the photos you want to send to apps that require Photos access, select the type of location you want that you share to apps that require your location, and even some favorite dot indicators to monitor cameras and microphones. Let’s look at it more closely.

In iOS 14 Apple lets you alter your default browser for web as well as its mail application of choice. It’s not clear how to do this, and as of this writing, there’s an issue where the browser reverts to the Apple system apps following every reboot or shutdown.

If you’d like to switch your browser you use the default Safari or Mail You must go to Settings and select the app that you would like to use as the new default. Let’s say Chrome Open its settings and you will see the option to select Chrome as your default browser on the web. Same for Mail and say Outlook.

If we could have changed the default Maps application this would be great as well.

Change default browser * Default browser * Default Mail * Default mail

Safari has a new feature known as the Privacy Report. You can access it at any time by pressing the two letters in the bar for address. It displays all tracking devices that are following you on different websites and which of them Safari is preventing you from doing this.

Information on privacy in Safari

In terms of security, iOS 14 now will notify you when your camera microphone is being used. If a camera is being used, you’ll notice tiny green dots on the right side of your cell bars. If your microphone is active there will be a tiny orange dot in the same location.

Camera indicator * Microphone indicator

Another important privacy improvement is you allow access to your photo library. There are three options to choose from: allowing access to all photos, Selecting photos, and Do not allow. The new option of Select photos – lets it possible for the app to only display the images you choose and none else. Neat.

Photo access

In the end, Apple has added one quite clever option known as Precise Location. Each app that has been allowed access to location services on the iPhone Location Services now has an alternative option that is turned set by default to be Precise Location. If you’d like to hide your precise location from an app due to reasons of privacy, you can turn off this feature, and the app will be able to receive an approximate location.

Precise Location

Another privacy-related feature that is not brand new, but may have not heard of it, is the ability to delete location data from photos before sharing. In the Photos app, select photos to share, and click the Share button. near the top, there is an option. Select it and turn off the Location.

Remove location in Photos before sharing

Apple has already released a variety of privacy enhancements in previous iOS updates, and these new updates are an enhancement of the older ones. We still like the new features.

Wrap-up

The Apple iOS has been through a lot of changes over time, with new functions, and features, changing the appearance of the OS and making it more secure. The most recent iOS 14 updates are far from being revolutionary even though it has the potential of creating iOS to look different using the latest types of widgets.

Thus, the new widgets and apps are great additions to the app We think that it’s time that the Today page should become a non-negotiable feature starting with iOS 15 and beyond until its expiration. There is a possibility that the Notification Center could be improved slightly as the Photos app will eventually get smarter and be able to do the sorting that you’re too lazy to perform. Perhaps Apple needs to revamp its system for managing files. Windows PC owners, for instance, would be content to have a method of moving files onto Apple devices that does not need the download of iTunes. But that’s just wishful thinking.

We are pleased with where Apple is going with the latest iOS and we’re hoping to see more delayed upgrades like full-blown widgets and default app switch options. The new iPhones are officially right shortly and you’re aware of what to expect software-wise. There’s no reason to upgrade your old iPhones immediately.

Then, there’s something to be praised is the iOS 14 update is available on a variety of iPhones beginning with the iPhone 6s, which was released in the year 2015. Apple has kept its commitment to provide five years of updates that are guaranteed and, despite the efforts from Google in recent times, Apple remains the only manufacturer that offers this service today.

 

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