Apple has presented iOS 14 for the iPhone and iPadOS 14 for the iPad, which will be available to everyone in the fall. The first betas will be released soon. iOS 14 is official, which means we can take a first look at the main features. The first iOS 14 beta will also be available for download later today, so developers can get started testing their apps. Apple presented them during the virtual WWDC 2020, this time without an audience.
New features in iPadOS 14
A number of improvements of iOS 14, such as the new widgets and the so-called App Library, can also be found in iPadOS 13. The App Library sorts apps in a new way. There is a block with suggestions, for example, with apps that you would need at the time. Besides, you also view an A to Z overview of all apps that are on your device. Another innovation is the widgets. Apple’s widgets can take different shapes, from large to small. You were used to a separate overview of widgets, but you can now also place them between the apps on the home screen.
Widgets are a useful addition. You can add blocks with, for example, the weather forecast with additional information on the home screen. The App Library is a list that combines all your apps into a clear overview. It is mainly for people who have a lot of apps. However, you can choose how many pages of the Home Screen to view, but also hide them for faster access to the App Library.
The new widgets offer much more information than those seen up to iOS 13 and are accessible not only via the Today screen but also on the Home screen. With iOS 14, you can drag a Widget from “Today” to the Home screen to display it at any time and right next to the app icons. Icons move automatically to make room for widgets.
iOS 14 widgets
Users can create a Smart Stack of widgets, which takes advantage of the intelligence built into the device to make the right widget appear based on time, place, and activity. Finally, there is also a widget library, similar to the app library.
Also, you can access all these widgets from the “Gallery” where you can also manage the various resizing options.
Calls with compact notification
FaceTime calls have a new compact design that allows the user not to lose sight of what he was doing before, for example, receiving a phone call. It means that we will no longer be interrupted when we are using some app, and a phone call arrives.
Picture in picture: iOS 14 accelerates on multitasking.
Just like on iPad, iOS 14 also supports the Picture-in-picture function, which allows you to continue viewing a video while doing other operations on the Home screen or in other apps. If you are watching a video on your iPhone and go to the main screen, the video automatically goes to PIP, and you can move it to the side to hide it while the audio continues to play. You can also resize the video and move it around on the screen, so you can perform true multitasking while the video is playing
Siri on iOS 14
Siri can recall new widgets, send audio messages via Messages, and translate between multiple languages. There is also a new screen when Siri is summoned, it no longer occupies the entire interface. Siri now is represented by a simple floating icon that overlaps the screen currently in use. The dictation function on the keyboard works on-device to dictate messages, notes, emails, and much more.
Siri’s requests for response will be less intrusive, with details and information appearing as notification boxes at the top of the screen.
Translate: the new app on iOS 14
The new Translate app on iOS 14 allows users to auto-translate any conversation and works offline. Just touch the microphone icon, and the app will translate the speech into the chosen language. The app is integrated with Siri.
At launch, these languages will be supported:
- Mandarin Chinese