Apple’s new mobile operating system was revealed almost a month ago, and we keep finding new flavors in iOS 14 .
First, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the 39 main innovations in iOS 14, and then look at 25 of its less significant, but interesting options .
If you have already studied all this, we offer 28 more features that are hidden deep “under the hood” of the iPhone.
1. Quick navigation in settings
System settings can now be dragged into the menu and quickly jump to the desired section.
To do this, you need to hold down the button with the name of the previous menu item and choose a convenient place.
2. Private address in Wi-Fi settings
In the parameters of familiar Wi-Fi networks, there is a new switch called Private address .
After turning it on, the smartphone will not determine its location using the base stations of the cellular operator. This will prevent the operator from tracking the position of the smartphone until it is disconnected from Wi-Fi.
3. Prohibiting the use of the local network for applications
In the Settings – Privacy – Local network menu, you can allow or prohibit applications on your smartphone to communicate with other devices via Wi-Fi.
This way you can block unnecessary traffic on the network and save some battery power.
4. Exclude an app from Spotlight search
In the iOS settings, you can open the section with the options for any application and go to the Siri menu and search .
An important switch appeared here that allows you to exclude the program and its content from the general search in the system. Now your secrets won’t come up by accident.
5. Disconnect contacts in the Share menu
In the standard sharing menu, you can now turn off the line with the proposed list of contacts. Useful for owners of smartphones with a small screen size.
You will find the parameter in an unobvious place: Settings – Siri and Search – In the “Share” function .
6. Burst shooting with volume buttons
In the settings of the standard Camera application , it became possible to set the hold down of the volume up button for continuous shooting of photos.
Holding the volume down button starts video recording. True, it is no longer possible to stop it in this way.
7. Fast moving between desktops
What lovers of cluttering iOS desktops need. Moving between them will be faster and easier.
Instead of a chain of side swipes, just place your finger on the desktops indicator and slide it in the desired direction. A tactile feedback will tell you about scrolling.
If you have 5 or more icon spaces, this scrolling method saves a lot of time. The same switching mode took root in the Weather application in the presence of several added cities.
8. Hiding icons from the desktop
The desktop logic in iOS now resembles the Android operating system. The icons of all installed applications do not have to be located on one of the home screens.
It is enough to switch to the mode of uninstalling applications (hold your finger on the icon or an empty spot on the desktop), and then click on “-” next to the unnecessary icon.
After that, in the dialog box, select “ Remove from Home Screen ”. Applications hidden in this way can be found in the library, which is located on the last screen of the desktop.
9. Customize the Siri Suggestions widget
One of the widgets that you can place on your desktop is called Siri Suggestions . It will contain icons for frequently used applications.
If an unnecessary program appears in the widget, you can hide it. Hold your finger on the icon and select the topmost menu item. After that, the application will no longer be listed.
10. Auto change widget stack
One of the options for placing widgets on the iOS 14 desktop is Smart Stack . It allows you to arrange several widgets in one and switch between them with a vertical swipe.
Another piece makes this stack smart. If you click on a stack while in desktop editing mode, you can enable the Smart Replace option in the dialog box . After that, the widgets themselves will switch to those that you use more often at a particular time of day. Lörning machines!
11. Apple Watch charging notification
Apple smartwatch on watchOS 7 now actively notifies the iPhone about its battery status.
After fully charging the watch in iOS 14, a corresponding banner or message will fly to the lock screen.
12. Smart home control panel
The iOS 14 developers added a couple of panels to quickly control smart gadgets in the home and launch automation scripts. They are located in the control room.
The option is enabled along the path Settings – Control Center – Home Control .
13. Quick setting of sound recognition
A useful option from the Universal Access section that allows you to recognize the sounds of a siren, a crying baby, a dog barking, and so on. Can be quickly turned on and configured.
All you need to do is add the Sound Recognition switch to Control Center and stay out of the jungle of iOS settings.
Pressing or holding the button in the upper curtain will open a menu with a choice of the function’s operating mode.
14. Built-in sound level meter
Previously, it was possible to measure noise levels on the iPhone only with the help of third-party applications from the App Store or through the Apple Watch. This has now appeared right in iOS 14.
Works only when connecting any headset with microphone.
First, you need to add a special button to the control center ( Settings – Control Center – Hearing ), and then turn on the Live-listening mode from the upper curtain.
15. Announcing Siri Messages for Third Party Applications
When you connect one of the branded Apple or Beats headsets to the iPhone, you can activate reading incoming notifications using the voice assistant.
Previously, ads were only available for the default Messages app . They can now be used by third-party app developers from the App Store.
16. Notification when inserting text
A handy feature for users of the Apple ecosystem . If you copy data on one device in the universal clipboard mode and then try to paste it on another with iOS 14, you will see a special banner.
The notification will tell you exactly where the inserted text fragment was received from.
17. Quick jump to found in Spotlight
It helps with iPad and any keyboard.
If you start typing a search term, you will see suggestions for options. At this point, the Enter button on your keyboard will change to Go . Clicking on it from the screen or from a connected keyboard will immediately go to the result – whether it be an application, search on the Internet, and so on.
18. Drawing shapes in notes
At the iOS 14 presentation, everyone saw how you can draw beautiful geometric shapes using Apple Pencil in standard notes.
It turns out that this works with handwriting too. It is enough to draw any squiggle and hold your finger (or Pencil) at the end for a split second. An ugly sketch will turn into a flat drawing.
19. Tags in photos
In the Photo application, after swiping the image up, a tagging field now appears.
You can quickly mark the picture with any word or phrase, and then find it by this text through the search in the Photos application .
20. Changes to reminders
A large number of small changes have appeared in the standard Reminders application . A special button was added right on the main screen to quickly create new records.
Several new icons have appeared in the editing menu that can be assigned to reminders. In the folder list, you can display shared reminders that others have shared with you.
The most convenient innovation is the quick menu for selecting the reminder time without going to the note settings.
21. New interface of the dialer service menu
If you enter the code: * 3001 # 12345 # * in the Phone application , you will be taken to the service utility for testing the quality of communication.
The menu has been around for a long time, but in iOS 14 its interface was completely redesigned. True, the result is still far from the typical Apple interface, and that’s to put it mildly.
22. Color picker
In the standard photo editing mode, an eyedropper appeared to select the exact color on the device screen.
This is available when editing pictures in the Photos application , while drawing in Notes, or in the screenshot editor.
23. Color palette in photo editor
When editing a photo or choosing a color, you can specify the hue using the spectrum or sliders.
Will be in demand on iPad by those who work a lot with photos or graphics.
24. Quick alarm setting
The updated Sleep Mode , which reminds you to go to bed on time and collects statistics about the user’s sleep, now makes it easier and faster to edit the configured alarm clock.
No need to go to change alarms and edit them from there. Instead, click on Sleep and immediately adjust the volume or notification tone in the window.
25. Quick Commands for Sleep Mode
You can set a special mode to quickly go to sleep. Then the lock screen will stop displaying notifications for a fixed period of time before going to bed, and you can use special quick commands .
With one click, it is now possible to automate routine actions before bedtime (for example, turn on battery saving mode), so that you end up using your smartphone less.
26. Run commands from Apple Watch
The Automation Commands app for iOS now lets you run scripts directly from your Apple Watch screen.
Just select any command and turn on the display on the clock in its settings menu. Find it on the AW Apps screen.
27. New triggers for automation
In the Teams application itself, during the creation of a new automation, activation conditions appeared, tied to the iPhone battery level.
Now a command or scenario can be triggered automatically when the charge level drops or rises to the set threshold. Ideal for auto setting to low brightness or battery saving mode.
It is also possible to bind commands to the beginning or end of the battery charge.
28. Symptom log in Health app
A separate section has appeared in the Health application , which allows you to record the appearance of various symptoms in the user.
You choose the type of symptom yourself and set the approximate time of its appearance. You will find and show all this information at your doctor’s appointment.