Apple finally rolled out its latest operating system update last September 16, but before you hit that update button, here are some details that you need to know.
Apart from giving your mobile device a new and refreshed interface and look, the latest update is packed and stacked with important and useful new features that a user can enjoy.
Ranging from a new application library and widgets on your home screen to a more secured privacy features and iMessage improvements, the new iOS 14 promises a lot for a more eased consumer usage.
But before you install iOS 14 and iPad 14, these two are some housekeeping you should do on your iPhone and iPad to make the update process go as smoothly as possible.
Which devices will support iOS 14 and iPadOS?
The update rolls out to iPhone 6s models and later starting last Wednesday in some countries and Thursday in the Philippines.
If you have a compatible device, you should be able to see you have an update available by going to Settings.
Don’t skip this step: Clear out the clutter to free up some space
Given the file size of the latest update, you might want to scheme through your phone even just for the last before you hit the update button. Check all the unused applications and uninstall it, delete all the unnecessary screenshots and photo and video duplicates to free up some space.
Don’t forget to back up
In some reported cases, iPhone units tend to delete some files during the course of the update. In order, for you to avoid that from happening, make sure you backup your devices using iCloud, using Finder on Mac, or iTunes on a PC.
If you have an extra iCloud storage account this is by far the easiest method to keep safe your files. All you need is a stable WiFi connection
Now that you made sure your phone is ready for that most coveted update. Here are some of the things that you can expect once it’s completely done.
According to Apple, iOS 14 brings a fresh look to the things you do most often, making them easier than ever.
Widgets on the Home Screen
Widgets have been totally redesigned to give you more information at a glance. You can also arrange it the way you want it or whatever size and look it pleases you.
You can also add a Smart Stack of widgets intelligently curated based on the apps you use most, and the right widget will show up automatically at the right time in your day.
Enhanced Application Library
The new App Library automatically organizes all of your apps into one simple, easy‑to‑navigate view. Apps are sorted by category and your most-used apps are always just one tap away. How about that?
It features Compact calls and Picture-in-Picture
Now, you don’t have to exit a video screen just to answer a FaceTime call. This new update lets you do both at the same time.
You don’t need to scroll a mile just to find that specific message that you’re looking for. With the latest iOS update you can pin up to nine of your most important conversations to the top of your conversation list, so you can easily get to them.
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.
You can now do Mentions and Inline replies
Type a name to direct a message to someone. When you are mentioned, your name is highlighted. You can even customize an active group so you only receive notifications when you are mentioned.
Also, you can reply directly to a specific message in a group conversation. You can view replies in the full conversation or as their own thread for a more focused view.
Taking photos is even quicker, with faster time to the first shot and faster shot‑to‑shot performance. And with a new exposure compensation control, you can lock an exposure value while separately locking camera focus for a specific shot.
New Memoji styles and stickers
Along with new-age options and face coverings, choose from over 20 new hair and headwear styles to reflect your hobby, profession, and personality.
New battery notifications conveniently let you know when you need to charge your AirPods.
Privacy information on the App Store
You can now get information on the App Store to help you understand the privacy practices of every app before you download it.
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 are 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.
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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