It is here. The long-awaited update can now finally be installed on all compatible iOSdevices! The final version of iOS 14 came out on September 16 and if you can't find the update, wait for a while as Apple takes a few hours to drop it to every device.
And of course, iOS 14 will be released with tons of features - security changes, new home-screen features, new interface, app clips, and a whole lot more!
iOS 14 has already create quite a stir among many circles, especially advertisers and iOS app development companies. The new OS update will bring in massive changes to a wide range of areas but none of them is being considered as more consequential than the security updates. Users will now be notified by their iPhones whenever an app tries to access a certain feature on their phone like the mic, the camera etc.
Previously, people knew that apps did ask for permissions to these features on their phones, but now they will know when these permissions are utilized by apps, giving users a major privacy edge. But this will make it harder to app companies to operate unabated like they used to do previously.
Who Can Install iOS 14?
For an iOS development company, creating a new app for iOS 14 won’t be that difficult. Since iOS 14 supports every device released after iPhone 6S, it is not exclusive to the latest models. If you have iOS 13 right now, the next update is guaranteed. It goes without saying that iPhone 12 and its variants will get the update.
Here's an overview of the devices that can install iOS 14:
- iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
- iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE (1st generation) and iPhone SE (2nd generation)
- iPod touch (7th generation)
Here Is WhatiOS 14 Offers
In particular, the home screen of your iPhone goes through a revolution with the introduction of iOS 14. It has had the biggest change in its 13-year history. It’s so good that even Steve Jobs would've been majorly proud of it.
And if you aren't comfortable with the new design, customize it! iOS 14 emphasizes on allowing users to indulge in a lot of customization. With that said, here's a look at nine new major features for iOS 14:
This is the most notable feature and will be the most exciting for iPhone users. Since it existed in Android for years, it was only a matter of time that Apple adopted it, bringing their own touch to it.
Importantly, every-day apps such as weather and maps can be placed on your iPhone's home screen. Widgets look like small-apps that you can play around with. An iPhone with widgets truly gives a refreshing new look.
Multitasking is possible now. iPhone users have been waiting for this feature for ages! Picture-in-Picture allows user to watch their favorite movie while working on other stuff as well.
Drag-and-drop a "movie" in a small window in the corner, easily. Now, iOS 14 supports apps like Netflix and Hulu. Apart from viewing downloaded media, there are other options to consider too, as mentioned.
Similar to widgets, an app library is supposed to help enhance a user's experience. Make the home screen of an iPhone look cooler. This feature helps you organize life, allocating each folder for a different set of apps.
App Library automatically categorizes apps as, "social media", "tools", "extra apps, and so on. Also includes a "recently added" folder - basically making your iOS experience smoother!
Developers improve the "realistic" element of Siri after every other update. iOS 14 makes integration of Siri even smoother. Now, this artificial intelligence does not cover the whole screen of your iPhone. It only shows up at the bottom-center - ask any question!
If you're talking to a friend, ask Siri to send a "voice message." A dialup box will show up, and it will not cover the entire screen. Making you deliver the message while continuing on with other tasks!
Apple Translate hasn't fully developed yet, but it looks promising. Similar to Google's translate feature that has always been available to Android users for some time now, it now makes its way towards iOS! Now, you can do real-life translation of a document, picture, or anything.
Supporting 11 languages, you can choose from either of them, and translate back-and-forth! Apple supports translation of chats, but only detects phrases as of right now. Though, Apple claims that this feature needs a lot of improvements and they're working on it!
Digital Car Key
To create an efficient ecosystem, Apple introduced a Digital Car Key feature, where you can unlock your car from the comfort of your home. Right now, most cars aren't supported though. Only the 2021 BMW 5 Series can be unlocked with an iPhone.
Apple promises that you'll be able to do far more than just "unlock" the car later on. Development will take time. The new ultra-wideband chip comes into use for this. Apple expects users to wait until they build an ideal ecosystem.
Privacy is a concerning issue these days and Apple took sheer notice of it. To avoid potential hazards, Apple added security questions before every app. They'll ask for permission at every step. Before accessing your location, camera, microphone, and other privacy-concerning features.
iOS 14 gives the user insight on their browsing pattern, contact info, and transactions made. Also, the latest update shows a small circle at the top-right corner whenever you use a microphone or camera.
App Clips are designed to help users with daily, mundane tasks. It's a built-in feature that has small pieces of apps attached to it. You can access an app for one-time use rather than installing it and wasting storage. It's a unique feature.
You can access App Clips through iMessage, Safari, Apple Maps, or while making an NFC payment. A different app will show up on App Clips, depending on your goal.
For metropolitan cities, there are a lot of routes to cover. Maps fail to cover all aspects and show coherent routes at times. With iOS 14, Apple has added support for pedestrians - including cycling directions.
Alongside this, the new update does gives greater details on congestions in the way, and how to avoid it. The "guide" section of the map has gotten more user-friendly. Showing you all kinds of places to visit!
How to InstalliOS 14?
If you already own an iPhone, installing the latest update won't be an issue at all. Here's a bit of cautionary advice, though. Make sure that your device is charged enough and has a stable Wi-Fi connection. So, these are the steps you need to take:
- Click on the "settings" app
- Open "general" option
- Instantly click on "software update" and voila
You can't use your phone while it's being updated. But don't worry, it won't take long. It takes 15 minutes at max. So update your iPhone now and explore the best features of the probably the most innovative update to come to iOS devices in the past few years.