Apple iOS 14 download, features and supported iPhones
Apple iOS 14 download, features and supported iPhones
World tech giants Apple just concluded its WWDC (World Developer Conference) event couple of hours ago. At this year's event, Apple launched its iOS 14, which happens to be one of the most substantial iOS updates in quite a while. The home screen is more beautifully redesigned with App Library than ever before, widgets and app drawer are now things.
Also, Apple is introducing features from iPadOS to the iPhone like Picture-in-Picture (PIP), and Siri is now getting smarter and has been a given completely new visual design.
There are lots of new features coming with the new Apple iOS 14. This article is set to give you an insight into what you'll experience soon with the iOS 14.
Apple iOS 14 Release Date, Beta download & schedule
At the just concluded event, Apple did not disclose the official release date for the iOS 14, however if previous years are anything to go by, we should expect to download and install the software towards September this year.
But, for those that are eager to use it, you can download a beta version today (you'll require a developer account). There's no need to worry, if you do not have a developer account, you'll still have an opportunity to use the beta iOS next month when the public beta version will be launched.
You should however understand that while using a beta version of a software you are bound to experience potential software issues and errors. With that in mind, it is advisable to wait for the official version launching somewhat around September this year.
The iOS 14 Beta version is available for download here
Is your iPhone compatible with the new iOS 14?
Compatibility is one of the biggest edge iOS software has over Android. The best news about the new feel-at-home iOS 14 is its ability to run seemlessly in older iPhones. If your iPhone falls between iPhone 6S (from 2015) and later, you'll recieve the update.
Below is the list of iPhone devices that will be able to download the iOS 14 when it finally launches:
- iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X
- iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE (1st & 2nd generation), iPod touch (7th generation)
The Home Screen Widget on iOS 14
The new iOS debuts a beautifully designed "data-rich" home screen widgets meant to present timely information at a glance and can be pinned in different sizes. Users can create a Smart Stack of widgets, which uses on-device intelligence to surface the right widget based on time, location, and activity.
According to Apple, the iOS 14 home screen can display widgets that are customized for work, travel, sports, entertainment, and other areas of interest.
At the end of the home screen is the all new app drawer which is referred to as "App Library". The App Library helps to automatically organize all of your apps into one simple, easy-to-navigate view, and intelligently surfaces apps that may be helpful in the moment.
For instance, it places all of your social apps like facebook, twitter, instagram etc, in one folder. Looking at the exampled display at the just concluded WWDC live stream included all your Apple Arcade games.
App Clip activated on iOS 14
Consider a scenario where you need to use an app but have no intention of downloading it. App Clips is a new feature that allows users on the new iOS 14 to use the services of an app without downloading the app itself from the App Store.
The App Clip is a light and fast card-like feature that pops up in a matter of second that grants you access to complete a specific task, such as renting a scooter, purchasing a coffee, or filling a parking meter.
App Clips will pop up when you scan a QR code, hold your iPhone to an NFC tag, or tap a web link. They could appear also if another user refers you to an app within your Messages.
The New Siri on iOS 14
Before now, activating Siri resulted in a situation where you get to stop whatever you were doing as the artificial helper will take over your entire home screen.
That’s history now as the new Siri is designed to popup as a small glowing notification at the top of your phone, while your current screen is still displaying.
The iOS 14 Siri has also been upgraded with more facts and can now assist in finding answers to a broader set of questions by using information from the world wide web. You can also send audio messages using the iOS 14 Siri.
iOS 14, the Picture-in-Picture feature
Another remarkable features of the Apple iOS 14 is the much anticipated picture-in-picture functionality. It should allow you to keep watching video at the same time as using other apps. Got a message on your phone while you're in the middle of a TV show? Now you can reply without it stopping.
iOS 14 Translate App
Apple is debuting its Translate App as a new feature in the iOS 14. The new Translate App on iOS 14 comes with 11 languages. You can choose the language you want to speak and then select the language you need translated to, and start talking. At the end, the Translate App will read out your message and also display the translated text on your screen.
These and many more are some of the features that come with the new app iOS 14. For full list and details of the features of the iOS 14 visit this link