The iOS 14 officially released this week and it’s already the talk of the tech town. Apple has brought over 250 new changes to the latest iOS 14 and anyone with iPhones and iPads can check out the changes for themselves. In this article, we’ve provided a list of the top features that you need to check out and how to use them.
List Of The Most Popular iOS 14 Features And Tips To Use Them
There are some flashy changes and also changes which will improve reliability and long-term performance. So, let’s begin with the list.
Home Screen Widgets
Apple is promoting this as their highlight feature in the new iOS 14 and rightly so. With the new home screen widgets, you can create a personalized device which was not the case with Apple before. The best among the Apple widgets is the Smart Stacks which uses machine learning to automatically suggest widgets for you depending on the time of the day and your activities on the device.
Back Tap Custom Shortcuts
You can find this one in the Accessibility Setting. The Back Tap custom feature allows users to double-tap or triple-tap to open or access a bunch of shortcuts. You can access the basic iPhone commands or the HomeKit Control or other tools on your iPhone or iPad. This feature comes handy and doesn’t disturb your workflow.
Orange And Green Status Bar Dots
Apple has always gone big on privacy and security features. These major not-so-flashy features are what distinguishes your iPhone from any other devices. The new orange and green dots you see on your iOS 14 device status bar is one such feature. This subtle feature keeps you updated on how your device apps are using your camera and microphone.
Third-Party Apps For Email And Browser Defaults
This is big as it’s the first time Apple has made any changes to its default apps in its latest operating system. However, this change only applies to its browser and email till now. If you want to use this option then you have to adopt support. Currently, browsers like Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, FireFox and DuckDuckGo support this feature. In case of emails, Readdle’s Spark and Microsoft Outlook support this iOS 14 feature.
Using Compact Call Interface
Apple users have always sought out this feature and the wait’s over because the new iOS 14 has got it. This feature allows you to accept and decline calls from the green and red buttons on top of your screen among other features. It’s a default feature in iPhones and iPads with iOS 14.
Pin Text Messages
You get a ton of updates to the Apple Messages app with the new iOS 14. Among these are inline replies, group photos, mentions, additional memojis and so on. But the cherry on the cake is the ability to pin your top 9 important messages on the top of the Messages app for better accessibility.
This is a major iOS 14 feature but it’ll take time to roll out in public as you need to adopt support for this feature. App Clips make it super easy to perform one-off tasks like making payments etc, without having to download entire apps for the task.
There are a ton of other features as well. However, check out these amazing top iOS 14 features on your iPhone or iPad and let us know which feature you find best.