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July 9 was a day when Apple pressed the start button for the public beta version of iOS 14 – the latest iPhone operating system that will be released together with the iPhone 12. The new update will contain new customizations for the home screen, picture-in-picture video, better widgets, a new Siri interface and App Library, and a ton of variants for how to organize your desktop. Plus, CNET posted in their article that the beta iOS 14 has got all the listed upgrades plus: a Translation app, Back Tap, new group Messaging options, and new Memoji customizations.

The showcase dedicated to new Apple products will be this autumn, though there isn’t any clear date yet. We’ll stay in touch with CNET to tell you the hottest updates. 

iOS 14 home screen remains unchanged

App Library. Image credit: anandtech.com

If you look at both an iPhone 11 running iOS 14 and an iPhone 11 running iOS 13, you’ll notice that nothing has changed. But, when you swipe the home screen of the first phone to the right, you will see the App Library. It’s the page where you can organise your apps by category. 

The App Library feels the same as the Android app drawer. Apple has added categories to let you group similar apps under one category name. When a group has four apps or less, you don’t need to open a folder but click straight on the app. When there are more than four apps, it’ll become a mini-cluster, which are like folders. 

Stick a widget to your home screen

Widgets. Image credit: apple.com

With iOS 14, Apple provides apps with three aggregate states: common apps, widgets based on those apps, and App Clips. On iOS 13, you can’t operate widgets in the same way you can in iOS 14. In the current operating system update, you can find widgets only in the Today View page to the left of the home screen. With the upgrade, you can long-press on the screen, tap the plus button, and the Widget Gallery pops up. 

The Widget Gallery shows you what widgets you can use and what apps have the update relevant to the iOS 14  to become widgets. too.

You can adjust the widget’s size: small, medium, or large. Also, the width that lines up with app column is fixed, so you can’t put one in the middle of your screen. 

Widget stacks and the Smart Stack

Smart Stack. Image credit: cultofmac.com

Widget stack is a mash-up of several widgets, so that you can slide your finger up or down to choose the widget you need at that moment. How to make a widget stack? You, simply drag one widget on top of another that’s the same size. 

The iOS 14 Smart Stack feature shows you the most recent apps you use at different times of the day. “If you use the Maps app regularly after work, that’s when that widget will be at the top of your Smart Stack.” writes Patrick Holland for cnet. 

Apple’s “innovative” widgets are created so you can arrange your desktop to make it feel more natural for your fingers sliding on the screen. You’ll not notice this function if you don’t need it.

App Clips are a diminished variant of regular apps

App Clips. Image credit: theroco.com

iOS 14 changes your habitual interaction with an app to introduce you to a new way of using them. App Clips are the thing that will cause these changes. App Clips are like a “trial version” of the app, so that you don’t need to download an entire app and you don’t have to take up your time or phone space. During the WWDC keynote presentation, Apple showed off a test-drive of the function. 

This is what we call innovation; this function can change the way we’re used to interacting with apps.

In iOS 14 you can make app pages vanish

Hide app pages. Image credit: macrumors.com

I think I’m not the only person who has got several apps that I don’t use, but I think someday I will, and they take up some space on the screen. With iOS 14, you can hide them so you don’t need to remove them entirely and they won’t annoy you. You still have access to the apps via search, Siri, or the App Library.

You can try hiding all your apps and arrange widget stacks and try to use your phone in this way.

iPhone will get pic-in-pic function

Pic-in-pic. Image credit: 9to5mac.com

The picture-in-picture feature was exclusive for the iPad, but now your iPhone will get it too. You can manipulate this feature how you like. Patrick Holland likes to turn a FaceTime video call into a tiny video, so he can have access to the stuff on his iPhone at the same time. It gives you the opportunity to concentrate on the conversation and use working docs simultaneously. and you can change the position of the small window on your home screen. 

You can change the size of the small screen and even push it off to the side – the audio will keep playing without the picture.

Set a third-party browser or mail app as default

Default apps. Image credit: 9to5mac.com

Apple will give a chance for third-party apps to become a default app. If you don’t like Safari browser, you can change it to whatever you like and set it as a default app.

iPhone will finally have a Translate app with iOS 14

Translate App. Image credit: engadget.com

Apple’s Translate app has several modes to choose from. When your phone is in a vertical position, you’ll see the translation of words and phrases as well as their definition. When you flip your iPhone to a horizontal position, you enable the conversation mode, allowing each speaker to have half the screen with their translation showing.

Apple will show local cycling routes

Cycling direction. Image credit: thevrege.com

Apple is creating a cycle-friendly environment for people who are struggling with choices for where to ride their bike. The map is trained to show you elevations and warnings about streets or where it’s forbidden to be with a bike. You can also switch on an option to avoid stairs, hills, and heavy traffic. Also, this feature will show you bicycle-related locations such as bike repair shops or coffee shops along the way. 

A green light will signal that your camera is on

Green light. Image credit: idownloadblog.com

A green indicator comes with the iOS 14 upgrade. It’ll help you to see whether you’re using your camera or mic in the background. This indicator will be orange when the phone’s mic is on, while the green color indicates that your camera is in use.

Double-tap trigger on the back of your iPhone

Doble-, Triple-tap. Image credit: 9to5mac.com

Back Tap is one of the accessibility features available with iOS 14. You can switch off the trigger and connect it with a double-tap or triple-tap action on the back of your iPhone. For example, you can double-tap to enable Control Panel, and the same action will make it disappear. 

Receive alert notifications when the phone hears alarms or animals

Sound recognition. Image credit: techwiser.com

Sound Recognition is also on the list of Accessibility features. Your iPhone can be your sixth sense; it can notify you when it detects specific sounds, such as a fire alarm or animal. You can choose which sounds you want to be notified about.

New Memoji face masks for Messages

New Memoji. Image credit: theapplepost.com

iOS 14 allows you to manage your threads in even more ways. You can add a specific person into a thread and only alert that person. You can also stick a conversation to the top of the app. Memojis will get new hair, headwear options, and the ability to add a face mask.

Smaller space for Siri and Phone calls

Smaller space for phone calls. Image credit: 9to5mac.com

A phone call won’t occupy the entire home screen, it’ll now be a show up as a banner notification, instead. 

Siri will become a humble, animated orb at the bottom of the home screen.

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