Apple has just officially announced the coming of its latest and updated operation system with IOS 14.
During its opening keynote for WWDC 2020, its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, last Monday, Tim Cook started addressing the empty auditorium aboutbefore it launched into the announcement of iOS 14 and its home-screen redesign and new widgets, and these are the features coming to iPhone.
HOME SCREEN WIDGETS
Proper widgets are debuting on your iPhone with iOS 14. These now come in a variety of sizes, and they look like they’re far more attractive than what we’ve seen in previous versions of iOS.
NEW APP LIBRARY
This feature enables your phone to better organize all the applications based on the different functions it serves without you doing it manually. All your social apps, for example, would appear in one folder. One of the options shown on the WWDC live stream included all your Apple Arcade games.
THE APP CLIPS
App Clips is a new functionality that will land in iOS 14, which will allow you to use an app without having to download lots of hefty files. You can access them via a card that pops up at the bottom of your screen. You’ll then be able to use specific features of certain apps without having to download them from the App Store.
NEW IOS 14 SIRI FEATURE
Siri has been redesigned for iOS 14, and now the reactions from your voice assistant won’t take up the entirety of the display; instead, they’ll appear as small notifications at the top of your phone, just as regular notifications appear.
Siri will also provide more accurate translations than before, and it can now send audio messages for the first time too.
Do you want to have one particular person at the top of your messaging app? This update will let you do just that. Pin conversations so you won’t lose it from any other messages.
There will be 20 new hair and headwear styles for Memoji that allows you to better customize your character.
INLINE MESSAGES AND @ MENTIONS WILL BE ENABLED
Inline replies for specific messages as well as @mentions that allows it to work more like Slack than you ever wanted your personal messaging app to.
The update includes Guides, which are editorial content about a place. With Guides, you can now get that information directly within the Maps app.
Maps is getting improvements directly for cyclists, including the option to search for quieter roads or cycle lanes. It should tell you whether it’s a steep incline too. However, it’ll only be available to select areas like New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and some cities in China for now, but Apple said these will be coming to other cities around the world.
If you have an electric car, there are also now specific routes for you within Apple Maps too, and the app will tell you where charging stations are on your journey.
BETTER PICTURE IN PICTURE FUNCTIONALITY
Got a message on your phone while you’re in the middle of a Netflix sesh? Now you can reply without it stopping. This feature will allow you to keep watching videos at the same time as using other apps.
This feature will enable you to unlock and turn on your car through your phone. However, this feature will be closely rolling out for the upcoming 2021 BMW 5 Series at the moment, but this is set to come to other car models in the future.
Apple didn’t confirm the iOS 14 release date today, but if previous years are anything to go by you won’t be able to download the final software until September this year.
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