The update is available on iPhone 6s / SE or later, iPod Touch 7th generation , iPad Air 2 / mini 4 or later.
Related: 28 Hidden Features of iOS 14
Immediately after the update, we recommend that you pay attention to such useful features of the new system.
1. Widgets on the desktop
The main visual difference of the new version of iOS is information cards for most standard and some third-party applications. Such widgets allow you to receive data without launching a specific program.
So, for example, you can see the weather, find out the stock price, select the desired note or reminder. Widgets can be of three sizes: 4, 8 or 16 positions of standard icons.
Information on them is updated in real time, and cards can be placed anywhere on any desktop.
Where to look for a chip: first, we go to editing icons on the desktop (from the context menu of any icon or simply holding your finger on an empty spot on the home screen). Press the “+” button in the upper left corner of the screen and select the desired widget from the available ones.
After selecting the card, you should specify the desired size and place the widget on the desktop.
2. Smart stack of widgets
One of the varieties of new widgets is the smart stack. Such an informer takes the place of just one widget, but allows you to display several cards with useful information.
The user can independently scroll the widgets with a vertical swipe, and the system will analyze the work with the smart stopcode and eventually start changing the informers on its own. So, for example, it will turn out to watch the weather in the morning, the stock price in the afternoon, and in the evening – the charge level of the Bluetooth gadgets connected to the smartphone.
Where to look for a chip: we add a new widget in a known way, after that we select a smart stack and add the necessary widgets to it. If you enable the smart replace option when setting up a stack , then after a few days the system will analyze your preferences and will automatically display the desired widget in the stack at one time or another.
To create a smart widget, you can simply drag one widget on top of another while customizing the desktop.
3. Application library
This is a new way to sort apps on the iPhone desktop. It is located in the last right space of the home screen. Programs and games will be sorted by topic, which will allow you to quickly find a particular application.
There are separate folders for new programs and recently updated applications.
Where to look for a chip: scroll the home screen to the rightmost space, and there will be a new application library.
4. Compact dialer in the form of a banner
One of the most discussed and expected by many innovations is the compact incoming call window in iOS 14. Now, during a call, the work with the gadget does not stop until it is accepted or rejected, the desired site or document will remain open, and the network game will not be interrupted.
Instead, you will see a compact banner at the top of the screen with the option to accept or reject the call. The only complaint is the poor arrangement of small keys.
Where to look for a chip: initially, the option should be enabled after the update, if this did not happen, go to Settings – Phone – Incoming calls and select a new appearance in the style of banners.
5. New Siri interface
The developers have seriously redesigned the appearance of the voice assistant in iOS. The dialogue with the assistant, like the incoming call window, will no longer occupy the entire screen, overlapping other necessary information. This will be especially true on the large iPad screen.
After the call, the Siri icon will be located at the bottom of the display, and the answers will appear as small cards next to it.
Where to look for a chip: you just need to call the voice assistant using the phrase “Hello Siri” or by pressing the physical button of your smartphone.
6. Picture-in-picture on iPhone
One of the iPadOS features moved to smartphones as the diagonal of the iPhone screens grew. Large phablets make it quite comfortable to work with one application and simultaneously watch a video stream from another.
So it will turn out to run the video over the messenger, browser or other program, and if necessary, the picture can be hidden behind the side edge of the screen.
Where to look for a chip: it can be turned on in the Settings – General – Picture-in-Picture menu . After that, while watching a video in Safari or another supported application, you will be able to unpin the picture and display it on top of another program.
7. Standard Application Translation
Cupertinians have dealt a serious blow to third-party translator apps. Now the iPhone has a standard program with support for 11 languages, offline translation mode, text pronunciation and automatic language detection.
Everything works quickly, simply, without additional accounts, accounts and registrations.
Where to look for a chip: we find a new application on the desktop after an update or through the Spotlight search.
8. New gesture to trigger frequent actions
One of the new features in iOS 14 was originally intended for users with disabilities. However, it can be useful for most iPhone owners.
After setting up a new gesture, you will be able to double or triple tapping on the back of the iPhone to launch any application, activate automation, or any suitable script from the Commands program .
Where to look for a chip: a new gesture is configured along the path Settings – Accessibility – Touch – Touch from behind .
9. Hiding applications and entire desktops
The new logic of organizing the workspace in iOS 14 and the presence of the application library described above allows you to hide unnecessary programs from the smartphone desktop.
In this case, the icons will not take up space, and the program will be found in another accessible way. In order not to hide the icons one by one, you can completely hide one or more desktops with all the content.
So it will turn out to put things in order and not hide unnecessary applications in folders.
Where to find the chip: to hide the icon from the main screen, start the usual procedure for removing the application and in the last dialog box select Move to Application Library . So the icon disappears from the desktop, and you can find the program in the library or in Spotlight search.
To hide the entire desktop, go to the icon editing mode and click on the desktop indicator. A menu will appear where you can hide unnecessary workspaces with icons. You can leave just one desktop.
10. New photo editing features
The standard image editor has been seriously upgraded in iOS 14. You no longer have to keep small applications for basic photo correction.
The editor is available when editing a photo or while taking a screenshot. For more precise work, the Eyedropper tool has appeared , which helps to select a color in the image.
When you select the desired color, you can choose a shade in a convenient dialog box. In addition to the shade, it became possible to adjust the transparency of the color.
Where to look for a chip: while creating a sketch in the Notes application , while editing a picture in the Photos application or in the standard window for changing screenshots, you will see new menus and editor options.
These are just the most significant and noticeable changes in iOS 14, even in the system we found 28 less significant innovations and 25 hidden features , which we recommend that you familiarize yourself with.