iOS 14 features, compatible devices & how to upgrade

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During the 2020 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2020), Apple unveiled the new version of its iOS operating system, iOS 14. We don’t have any info concerning the exact release date but it is expected to be released this fall. iOS 14 is one of Apple’s largest iOS upgrades to date, adding lots of improvements and tweaks to its iOS interface.

In this post, we’ll present everything you need to know about the latest iOS14.

Features Of iOS 14

App Library

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The App Library is updated in the sense that it conveniently organizes all of your applications into categories, such as Social, health, Recently Added, as well as Suggestions, showing you apps that may be helpful at the specific moment.

Also, users can remove an app from the home screen without it being deleted or hidden in a folder. The app will remain inside the updated “App Library,” which is accessed by swiping to the right screen at the top.

iOS 14 Widgets

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For iOS 14, Apple will completely improve the functionality of the widgets. The new widgets will have more information.

Originally, Widgets were only accessible on the Today tab, but with iOS 14, new Widgets can include timely updates at a glance and you would be able to pin them in various sizes on every home screen page.

There’s also something called Smart Stack that enables users to build a stack of widgets that use on-device intelligence to send you the correct date, position, and behavior related widgets. You’ll be able to toggle to various helpful widgets via the Smart Stack.

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Apple boasts regarding the strengths and capabilities of Siri-the voice smart assistant has traditionally lagged behind competing deals, but Apple claims that iOS 14 has made a lot of headway.

There are new graphics, and another interface that pops up with Siri leads to a neat little box at the top of the screen.

Yet Apple claims most particularly that Siri is smarter and better than ever. It has more information at the disposal than before.

There are other latest functional updates too. You can request Siri to send an audio message and can also run dictation without an internet connection.   

Additionally, iOS 14 includes a completely new application called Translate. It can translate real-time conversations and show the real-time text of the translations on-screen.


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With iOS 14, users can now pin conversations on top of their messages list just like in WhatsApp.

@Mentions and inline comments will now be added to specific messages and new Memoji features will also be available, as well as the ability to create a group picture using a picture or emoji.

Users would be allowed to mute a group chat but will still get notifications anytime their name is listed explicitly.

App Clips

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App Clips enable users to quickly preview ‘tiny pieces’ of applications without actually installing them. This can be very useful when attempting to pay for parking meter or e-scooter instead of installing the whole app.

iOS 14 Now Supports Picture-in-Picture Mode

Just like in Android, users can now use two apps at the same time.

iOS 14 Maps

Apple is planning several modifications for its Maps, which include innovative Guides. The concept of these Guides is for Apple to give you personalized recommendations for restaurants to eat and places to visit in selected cities.

You’ll be able to get cycling-specific directions in iOS 14 that will guide you to cycling lanes. Whether you’re traveling down quiet or busy roads, this updated map will warn you if there are high hills ahead or even when there are bike repair shops along your path.

Car Key

iOS 14 will provide users with several new features to monitor and unlock their vehicles. The new API is called CarKey and in the near future will be replacing key fobs for cars.

Apple claims that its car keys feature is safer than  physical keys and you can securely share keys with other iPhone owners.

Privacy Improvements

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Apple’s iOS 14 has some privacy features that are meant to give you greater transparency and control.

For example, it now allows all applications to have user consent before monitoring them. You can now allow apps to access your approximate location instead of your exact location.

Another important privacy update is that If an app requests access to your pictures, instead of granting access to the whole folder, you can pick different images to grant it access.

While your camera and/or mic is accessed by an app, a tiny green and/or amber dot appears in the status bar respectively.

Health App

In iOS 14, the Health app will offer fresh features including sleep management sections and a new Health Checklist, which is a centralized place to manage health and safety features such as emergency SOS, medical ID, ECG, and fall detection, etc. And the Health app has new data types for mobility, health records, symptoms, and ECG.

Home app and HomeKit

One of the most exciting updates to the Home app is that video cameras and doorbells that operate with HomeKit will recognise individuals who you’ve tagged. 

Another focus for the Home device in iOS 14 is enhanced controls in Control Center for easier access to devices and scenes. And Adaptive Lighting can automatically change the color temperature during the day for HomeKit-enabled lamps.

Compact Phone Calls

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In iOS 14, incoming phone calls will no longer take up the whole screen while using your iPhone but rather appear at the top of the display as a small banner. Swipe up the banner to reject it, or swipe down to see more phone options and respond to the call.

Other iOS 14 Updates

  • Wind Down mode
  • Weather App
  • AirPods improvements
  • Refined universal search
  • Faster Safari App
  • Camera Improvements
  • Facetime
  • Music
  • Photos
  • Improved Find My App

Compatible Devices

Any device supported by iOS 13 is also supported by iOS 14

Check them out=> Phone SE (1st generation), Phone SE (2nd generation), iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPod touch (7th gen).

How to upgrade

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Make sure your device is plugged in and connected to the Internet with Wi-Fi. Then follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
  2. Tap Download and Install. 

You can upgrade using your mac

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If you can’t update your device wirelessly, you can update directly from your mac. Connect your iPhone to your mac computer preferably to a different Wi-Fi network before updating if your mac is utilizing a Personal Hotspot on the device you’re updating.

  1. Open Finder on a Mac. Open iTunes 
  2. Connect your iPhone.
  3. On your computer, look for your iPhone.
  4. Then, under General or Settings, select Check for Updates.
  5. Click on the Download and Update button.
  6. Enter your passcode if prompted.
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