At the main summer WWDC presentation , Apple developers showed off a new mobile operating system for the iPhone and iPad. On the same day, the software developers received the first test version.
We’ve been actively using iOS 14 for several days now and are sharing useful information with you.
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Here is a list of small but useful innovations that were not covered in the presentation.
1. Drag and drop widgets
Information blocks on the desktop behave in the same way as icons, and in some situations they have additional options. When using a smart stack (one widget that contains several), you can add any widget to the stack by simply dragging and dropping it.
Much more interesting is the ability to drag a widget from the sidebar to the desktop or back.
Unfortunately, you cannot quickly resize a widget without going to its settings menu.
2. Disable unnecessary desktops
If desired, in iOS 14, you can leave only one desktop with icons or widgets. In this case, on the left, there will be a section with informers (old and new widgets), and on the right – the application library (automatically sorted programs by category and frequency of use).
To do this, in the icon editing mode, click on the desktops indicator at the bottom of the screen. You can then disable all unnecessary desktops except one.
It’s nice that on disconnected desktops the position of icons is not reset, but restored after they are displayed.
3. Microphone and camera usage indicator
When using a microphone or camera, any iOS application will signal the user about it. Green light means camera activity and yellow light means microphone.
In addition, in the control center, you will see a special banner with the name of the application that recently used a camera or microphone.
4. Disable the exact location in the application
With the chip disabled, the geo-position is determined accurate to the city
Many iPhone apps request access to the user’s location. In iOS 14, it became possible not to specify the exact location for any programs and games.
To do this, in the Settings – Privacy – Geolocation services section, select the program and turn off the Exact geolocation switch .
So, for example, an application with a weather forecast will determine the user’s country and city, but will not receive more accurate data. But with geolocation programs it is better not to use this feature.
5. Access for selected photos in applications
Even more applications, when launched, request access to photos that are stored on the device. In the Settings – Privacy – Photos menu, you can now prevent programs from accessing the entire gallery of the device.
You can select the Selected photos item and manually allow access to only a few photos. This will be useful, for example, when you need to add an avatar in the program, but the application does not need to see other photos.
6. Filtering pictures in the Photos application
A primitive filtering appeared in the standard gallery of the device.
If you click on the icon with three dots in the upper right corner, and then select Filter , you can display only photos, only videos, only selected frames or files that have been edited.
We hope that in the future there will be more filters, for example, by date or location.
7. Pin chats to iMessage
The Messages app now has the useful ability to pin up to 9 favorite chats to the very top of the list.
To do this, just drag the desired chat to the right or select the Pin item from the context menu.
8. Private messages in iMessage group chats
When chatting with multiple users in iOS 14, you can quickly write a private message that only the addressee will see.
To do this, enter the name of the interlocutor, click on the illuminated prompt and continue entering the message. The name will be highlighted in blue.
9. Voice messages in iMessage via Siri
We call the voice assistant in any way, after which we ask you to send a voice message to the desired subscriber.
Siri will reply that she has started recording an audio message, and then will offer to confirm sending it.
The trick so far only works with the iMessage application, we hope that in the future all popular instant messengers will get this opportunity.
10. Recording video in photo mode using the button
In the latest iPhone models, iOS developers have added the ability to record video in photo mode by holding the on-screen shutter button.
Now this feature has been duplicated using any of the volume keys.
Just hold down the button and the video will be recorded until you release the key.
11. Rapid change of frame rate and resolution in a standard camera
Another useful feature, which was only available in the last generation iPhone, has now appeared on all smartphones with iOS 14.
Now you don’t have to switch to system settings to change camera parameters.
Everything is available in the upper right corner of the application interface.
12. Capture indicator while shooting in night mode
A handy indicator will appear for accurate camera positioning while shooting video in night mode.
A small crosshair will be displayed in the center of the screen when you start shooting, and a second indicator will show the deviation when you move the camera.
13. Saving exposure settings
If you manually adjust the exposure on the iPhone while taking a photo, then in iOS 14 you can save this setting so that it does not reset for subsequent shots.
You need to enable saving along the path Settings – Camera – Save settings – Exposure compensation .
14. Quickly format text in Notes
The standard Notes application has received an option to quickly format the selected text.
To access the menu, you need to set the format change button “Aa”, and then select the desired style for the text.
15. Support for APFS encrypted disks in Files application
The standard file manager in iOS has learned to recognize the type of file system used on the Mac.
Now, if you connect an APFS formatted drive with encryption enabled to your iPhone or iPad, it will be available for use.
16. Endless Play on Apple Music
One of the handy features of other streaming services was the automatic playback of music after the end of a playlist or collection.
Apple Music now has this option. It is turned on using the icon in the playback queue menu.
17. Advanced features in the Voice Recorder application
Audio recording software for iPhone and iPad has received support for folders and favorites. Now it will be easier to sort the recorded files.
The Dictaphone also received a built-in sound enhancement system. In the edit mode, you will see a special icon, how to automatically enhance the picture in the Photo .
18. Additional information about apps in the App Store
The card for each game or app in the Apple Store now contains information about the developer, genre, list of supported languages, age rating, gamepad support, the program’s place in the thematic charts and the size of the app.
Previously, this feature was only available for Apple Arcade applications.
19. Sleep tracking in Health app
Apple Watch sleep tracking is available in the Health app on iPhone.
All data from accessories and applications will be collected in one place with visual graphs and statistics displayed.
20. Dimmed screen for Wind Down sleep mode
After setting up the sleep mode, the user will be able to activate the new Wind Down feature . It will display the desktop with dimmed screen brightness.
From this mode it will be possible to launch selected applications or shortcuts.
This version of the interface is designed to comfortably position the smartphone on the bedside table.
21. Chance of rain in the standard Weather application
A fairly minor but useful update to the native weather app in iOS 14.
In the forecast for the week, you will see the percentage probability of rain for each day.
22. Offline dictation
The dictation feature in iOS 14 can work offline right out of the box. All the necessary data is now included in the operating system.
The chip turns on along the way Settings – General – Keyboard – Dictation and immediately works offline without additional downloads or downloads.
23. Auto-recognition of sound
In the Universal Access has appeared very useful option for people with disabilities. It allows you to recognize the required sound nearby and display a notification on the smartphone screen.
So iOS 14 will be able to independently recognize, for example, the sound of a crying baby, a fire alarm, a dog barking or a doorbell ringing. Of course, in this case, the smartphone’s microphone will be constantly activated, which will negatively affect autonomy.
The chip turns on along the path Settings – Universal access – Sound recognition .
A very convenient and useful feature of handwriting input, unfortunately, is still only available for English. It works on iPad with Apple Pencil and allows you to enter text in almost any field, application, and window while using your tablet.
Just press the stylus into the text field and write text anywhere on the screen. The entry is recognized and the text is inserted into the field. This function is called Scribble .
In addition to handwriting, there are several handy gestures for working with text. For example, outlining a word or phrase with an oval will make it stand out, and shaded characters will be removed immediately. A vertical line between the characters will insert a space, and holding the stylus in the right place activates additional text input.
25. Correcting geometric shapes while drawing
Another iPadOS feature for Apple Pencil owners. The system learned to recognize geometric shapes drawn with a stylus and quickly replace them with vector graphics.
It is enough to hold the stylus for a split second after drawing a circle, triangle, star or heart, as an even drawing will take the place of an unprepossessing doodle.
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