Apple lifted the veil on iOS 14 during WWDC 2020 last June and made its release official during its Keynote on September 16. Since then, you have the possibility to install this new operating system on your iPhone.
Like all software updates offered by the Apple brand, it presents new features that are sometimes fun but above all practical.
Which ones? For you, we have put the most important together and explain how to take advantage of them.
1. Install widgets on your home screen
Widgets are not new, they had already been introduced for the release of iOS 10. However, for the first time, they can be placed on the home screen alongside your apps.
Among the novelties, we find in particular the fitness rings, an ideal function for owners of Apple Watch, autonomy, news, photos and much more. There’s also what Apple calls a Smart Stack widget, this one provides you with Siri app suggestions right on your interface.
To add widgets to your iPhone, just press and hold anywhere on your screen, and this until your app icons move. Then touch the + icon at the top left, select the widget you want to add and drop it on your interface.
For now, the only widgets available are those for built-in and native apps, but third-party options are likely to appear soon. Could we see a Spotify widget to control music playback? One can only hope.
2. Remove apps from your Home screen
With iOS 14, you now have the ability to erase an app from your Home screen without permanently deleting it. It will always be accessible via widgets, the application library or the search bar.
Plus, with the widgets now available, you’ll need as much space as possible.
To do this, keep pressing the app until the icons move. Then go to the X and select Remove of screen home.
3. Remove pages from your home screen
You can not only delete individual apps, but also entire pages in one go. On the other hand, unlike the removal of apps, to re-add pages with a single click.
To hide pages, press and hold your finger on the screen, then tap the three dots icon at the very bottom. From there, just uncheck the pages you want to hide and hit Done to apply the change.
4. Change the icons of your applications
Apple is also offering to introduce a way to customize your app icons in iOS 14.
To do this, you will need to create a shortcut through the Shortcuts app and then customize the home screen icon. Keep in mind that this is a workaround.
The process is a bit complicated, which is why we walk you through it step by step in our tutorial.
To our delight, Siri is discreet by taking up less screen space. How? ‘Or’ What ? His responses are displayed as a notification.
In addition, the assistant prides itself on being able to search the web and having resources like Wikipedia to answer your questions. Thus, he will no longer be satisfied with answers of the type Here are the research results, but much more detailed.
6. Back Tap
It might not be one of the flagship features of iOS 14, but Apple has quietly added a new feature to its suite of accessibility options.
You will be able to perform different tasks by double or triple tapping on the back of your iPhone.
It also allows you to set access to the control center or even open applications like Messages or Instagram via shortcuts.
7. No more full screen calls
With iOS 14, your incoming calls are displayed as a banner at the top of the screen, so you can continue with what you are doing without actually dropping the call.
Indeed, answering the call does not monopolize the whole screen, and you are free to interact with your applications while your call is displayed at the top of the screen.
If you want to enjoy the full screen phone experience, tap the banner at the top to make it bigger. It’s a simple change, but one that radically changes the overall iOS experience.
8. Picture in picture
Picture-in-picture mode allows you to display a video in popup mode, and thus continue to watch it at the same time as you browse another application.
This novelty is also accessible with FaceTime. As a result, it minimizes incoming video calls while accessing other apps, without having to pause your camera.
We imagine this is a feature third-party app developers will use when the software officially launches later this year. It is unlikely to be compatible with the YouTube app.
9. Hello, the Translate app!
In response to the hugely popular Google Translate app, Apple has incorporated its own version into iOS 14. It’s called Translate and does what you expect of it: translating text into writing, or speaking, from one language. to another.
It supports English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian, with offline translation available for all these languages. You also have the option of favoring convenient translations, perfect for quick reference when traveling to another country.
Finally, also feel free to use Siri to get quick translations on the fly or ask it to translate a sentence to another language, and it will.
10. Pin conversations to messages
Another year, another update to Messages and this one includes a very handy option.
If you want to ensure easy access to the threads of the people you care about, you can pin the conversation to the top of your message list.
All you need to do is press and hold a conversation, then select Pin.
11. Customize a Memoji
Memojis are popular with iPhone users. This year, with the new update, you’ll enjoy a whole host of new options to customize your digital avatar, including the ability to wear a face mask or age your characters.
12. Plan a bike trip in Maps
In an effort to overtake Google Maps, Apple introduced support for bike paths in iOS 14. The brand claims that it will take into account elevation, stairs and even foot traffic to calculate the ideal route for a bike ride.
The catch? It’s only available in a handful of US cities at the moment …
13. Change your CarPlay wallpaper
iOS 14 introduces new features not only for your iPhone, but also for your car connected to the CarPlay system. In addition to the ability to use Apple Maps to navigate to charging points, you can finally change your wallpaper.
Unfortunately, this can only be done through the CarPlay interface itself, and not through the Settings from your iPhone. But, like on your smartphone, you just have to go in Settings → Wallpaper.
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