Apple today introduced iOS 14 at its WWDC Special Event Keynote. The Home Screen gets its biggest update yet with redesigned widgets and the inclusion of an App Library, a new way to use with App Store with App Clips, updates to Messages and many more.
With the new widgets, you can quickly see important information and they can be pinned in different sizes on the Home Screen page. Smart Stack of widgets can also be created, this uses on-device intelligence to show you the right widget according to time, location and activity. With the updated Home Screen, customized widgets in different categories such as sports, travel, entertainment and lots more can be displayed.
Siri has now been redesigned by Apple to show a small overlay at the bottom of the screen instead of taking over the whole screen when it is invoked. Siri can now send audio messages and dictated messages which it does before.
Apple has also announced App Library which comes up at the end of the Home Screen pages. It is a view that automatically organizes all user apps into group and lists. This is similar to the Android app drawer but it is smarter when grouping. iPhone users can choose which Home Screen pages to display and easily hide some pages for a quicker access to the App Library.
Big changes come FaceTime and phone calls and Siri interactions. iOS 14 now has Picture-in-Picture support which means you can now use another app or watch videos while receiving a FaceTime call.
Apple is introducing App Clip, with this feature, users can easily and quickly get access to a particular part of an app when its needed. App Clips load within seconds to complete specific tasks. This can be accessed by scanning a new Apple-designed App-clip code or by using NFC tags and QR codes. It can be shared in Messages or from Safari and it is secured with no privacy invasion.
Messages has also been improved in iOS 14; you can now pin conversations from your favorite contacts to the top of your Message screen. Apple has also added fun Memoji options with hairstyle, face coverings and lots more.
Maps is getting updated with curated guides recommendations from AllTrails, Complex, The Infatuation, Time Out Group and many more. When cycling, directional guide on the map will now take into account elevation, how busy a street is, bike paths and stairs. Cycling will be available in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco’s Bay Area, Beijing and Shanghai before its expanded. Electronic vehicles routing on Maps will show charging stations along a planned route based on car charge and charger types. It is believed Apple is working with BMW and Ford to make this happen.
iOS 14 also gets a native Translate app. Users can type in text or dictate and it can be translated into 11 languages which are English, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Portuguese and Russian.
iOS 14 will be available this fall with support starting from iPhone 6S and all other iPhones upward.