At WWDC 2020, Apple introduced iOS 14 with widgets and a new home screen. Applications now support widgets – they can be placed in the middle of icons, changed and customized. Widgets can be selected from a special directory or dragged onto the screen with applications from the left menu, where they will remain, as before.
Applications on the home screen can now be viewed in a list. They are also sorted into several smart folders – for example, according to the most used.
IOS also introduced the first picture-in-picture mode. It will allow you to do your own business without turning off the video production – it will be minimized into a small window on top of other applications.
Apple showed the App Clips feature, which allows you to run compressed versions of applications instantly, without having to download them. The opportunity will work using NFC: for example, it will be possible to rent an electric scooter without registering and downloading the application. The size of the stripped-down version will not exceed 10 MB. You can download AppClips from a browser or by OR-code.
Siri got a new look: now it does not overlap the entire screen, but appears as a small icon at the bottom of the screen. The assistant was also taught to send voice messages.
In iOS, the built-in Apple Translate app with simultaneous translation will appear. Already at the start there will be 11 languages: Russian, English, Mandarin (Chinese), French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Arabic and Portuguese. Presumably, the service will work without a network connection.
New features received “Messages”. Now you can consolidate important contacts and conversations from above – as in Telegram and other instant messengers. They also updated Memoji: there are even more of them, and in group chats you can open a discussion thread for a specific message and tag participants.
New details will appear in Apple Maps, search for interesting places and guides for tourists from local experts. It will be possible to lay a bike route taking into account heights and other restrictions. It will also be available to build a route for electric vehicles with places for charging stations. In Russia, the function will not be available for now.