As is the case with every new iOS update, we have some great new features to look forward to. Apple is making major changes to messages, widgets, and the way you organize your apps. We’re also going to get a new way to translate text and images on more iOS devices than on the iPad. Without further ado, here are the best new features in iOS 14.
New features in iOS 14 make messages even more useful
When participating in an iMessage group conversation, it would be nice to be able to tag individual participants. We looked for more usefulness in messages for group chats. With the new features in iOS 14, we will get it.
When you tag a person in an iMessage group conversation, they can respond directly. This creates a thread in the conversation. You will get their attention, making their response more likely soon enough to be helpful. Just type the @ symbol, then the person’s name, and they will be labeled.
Another problem we encountered with Messages is that the wires get lost in a busy shuffle. With iOS 14, you’ll be able to pin conversations. This means that they will always be at the top of your window. You won’t have to go through a long list of messages to find your favorites. To do this, simply swipe to the right on any wire.
Get translations directly from Apple
Right now, if we want to translate from one language to another, we need The Google Translate app. As one of the new features in iOS 14, we will have a built-in native translation app to do it for us.
The new Translate app will help you convert text and even entire conversations into a different language. Initially, it will support English, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Portuguese and Russian.
Using the Translate app, you can either type the text you want to translate, or tap the microphone icon to use voice to text. Do you have a conversation in progress that you want to translate? Just put your iPhone in landscape mode, and you’re good to go.
Among the best new features in iOS 14: a more organized home screen
The more applications you install, the more cluttered your home screens are. Sure, you can organize them into folders, but sometimes you might want a bunch of rarely used apps available when you need them without clutter.
With the application library as one of the new features in iOS 14, your organization’s problems are solved. A new screen to the right of your last home screen, the application library automatically organizes your applications in folders. Used with another new feature that lets you hide entire screens of apps, the app library is very similar to the app drawer found in Google’s Android.
Widgets are getting a lot more useful
In iOS 14, widgets become much more user-friendly for you. You can display them all in Today view as before, but you can also drag them to any of your Home screens. You can also tap the + sign in the upper left corner of your Today screen to choose from the widget gallery.
Another useful new addition is the Smart Stack widget, giving you informationon from multiple apps when appropriate. You can see your weather widget and then your calendar when you get up in the morning.
Finally, Picture-in-Picture for the iPhone
For several years, we have been able to play a video in image-on-image mode on the iPad. In addition to the new features in iOS 14, we will also have a picture-in-picture on the iPhone.
The new feature creates a thumbnail image of the video, which continues to play while you are in another application or screen. This is essential when you need to switch to another application, but want your video to remain visible to you.
To use it, just swipe to return to the Home screen while watching a video in one of the supported apps. You can drag it on the screen to place it where you want, adjust the size using pinch and zoom, then press the X when you’re done.
Picture in Picture will work using FaceTime video calls, as well as a bunch of other supported applications. These include Apple TV, Podcasts, Safari, iTunes, Home and any third party application that already supports the functionality on iPad.