iOS 14: What’s new?

iOS 14 is here!

At the WWDC event in June 2020, Apple announced the iOS 14, the latest iteration of iPhone’s operating system. It was then released on the 16th of September this year. It is available on all devices that supported iOS 13. That is the iPhone 6s and above.
This year, the latest iOS brings some long-awaited features to the iPhone. It is focused on customizability more than ever before. Thus, finally, iPhone users have more control over the appearance of their phone.
Now, let’s take a look at the best features of iOS 14.


Finally, Apple has decided to add widgets to the iPhone. This feature has been available on Android smartphones for many years. However, now even Apple users can make use of widgets on their home screen with iOS 14.
In iOS 14, you have widgets for apps such as weather, clock, and battery, etc. These widgets are available in different sizes and forms. Moreover, you can also download third-party widgets from the App Store. You can also stack widgets on top of each other. This feature is called Smart stacks, and it is extremely useful. You can swipe on a Smart stack to switch between different widgets. This allows you to save some space and maintain a neat look.

iOS 14 widgets

Widgets in iOS 14

App library

Now, if you swipe to the last page on your home screen, you will find the App library. This is similar to the App gallery on Android smartphones. However, in the App library, all the apps are automatically organized by their category. You can also access an alphabetical list on all your apps if you swipe down on this page.
Moreover, iOS 14 has also added another long-awaited feature. Now, you can hide apps, or a page actually, from your home screen. Just place all the apps you want to hide on a page. Then you can hide that page from the home screen. However, all the hidden apps will still be available in the App library. Thus, it can be an excellent way to clean up the look of your iPhone.

iOS 14 App library

iOS 14 App library

Compact UI

iOS 14 compact Siri

Siri in iOS 14

In iOS 13 and before, when you got a call, it took over the whole screen. However, now Apple has shrunk the incoming call notification. Now, it is displayed in the form of a small banner notification at the top. From there, you can either accept or decline the call, or simply ignore it.
Another feature that took over the whole screen in iOS 13 was Siri. There are now redesigns for Siri in iOS 14. Now, when you open Siri, it only takes a small place at the bottom of the screen. Thus, you can still see the opened app in the background while using Siri.

There are also several other minor updates in iOS 14. There are numerous privacy enhancements, such as indicating when a camera is in use. Moreover, there are additions to the accessibility options, such as more hearing aids. These are just a couple of examples. However, there are updates for every app in one way or another.

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