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iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 Now Available – Brings Home Screen Redesign, App Clips, Apple Pencil Scribble Support, Much More

iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 Now Available – Brings Home Screen Redesign, App Clips, Apple Pencil Scribble Support, Much More

Apple today released iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, the latest version of the operating system updates designed for the iPhone and iPad, respectively. As is traditional with Apple operating system updates, iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 can be downloaded for free.

‌iOS 14‌ is compatible with the same iPhones as iOS 13. ‌iOS 14‌ compatible devices are listed below.

  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • ‌iPhone SE‌ (2020)
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • 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 (2016)
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

‌iPadOS 14‌ is compatible with all iPadOS 13 devices, which are:

  • All iPad Pro models
  • ‌iPad‌ (7th generation)
  • ‌iPad‌ (6th generation)
  • ‌iPad‌ (5th generation)
  • ‌iPad‌ mini 4 and 5
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • ‌iPad‌ Air 2

iOS 14 Features

Home Screen Widgets

The new widgets offer improved information at a glance and can be pinned in different sizes on any Home Screen page. A Smart Stack feature for widgets uses on-device intelligence to surface the right widget based on time, location, and activity. Widgets can be customized for work, travel, sports, entertainment, and other areas of interest.

App Library

A new App Library feature automatically organizes all of a user’s apps into one simple, easy-to-navigate view, and intelligently surfaces apps that may be helpful at the moment. Users can choose how many Home Screen pages to display and easily hide pages for fast access to the App Library.

Compact Phone, FaceTime, Siri Interactions

Incoming phone and FaceTime calls, as well as Siri interactions no longer take up the entire screen, as a new compact design enables users to stay in the app they are using. Picture-in-picture support allows iPhone users to watch a video or take a FaceTime call while using another app.

App Clips

The App Clip experience loads a small portion of an app when it is needed. App Clips are associated with a specific product or business and can be loaded in seconds to complete a specific task, such as buying a cup of coffee or paying a parking meter. Appl Clips can be discovered and accessed by scanning a new Apple-designed App Clip code, or through NFC tags and QR codes, or shared in Messages or from Safari

Messages

Messages improvements include the ability to pin conversations to the top of your messages list, keep up with group threads through mentions and inline replies, and customize conversations by setting a group photo using an image or emoji.

New Memoji options include more inclusive and diverse Memoji with new hairstyles, headwear, face coverings, and more.

Maps

Maps offers new features to make it easier to navigate and explore with new cycling directions, electric vehicle routing, and curated Guides.

Cycling directions take into account route elevation, how busy a street is, and whether there are stairs along the route. Electric vehicle routing adds charging stops along a planned route based on current vehicle charge and charger types.

Guides provide a curated list of interesting places to visit in a city, created by a selection of trusted resources. Guides are a great way to discover hot new restaurants, find popular attractions, and explore new recommendations from respected brands, including AllTrails, Complex, The Infatuation, Time Out Group, and The Washington Post, among others.

Enhanced Privacy Features

All apps will now be required to obtain user permission before tracking. Later on, App Store product pages will feature summaries of developers’ self-reported privacy practices. Users will also be able to upgrade existing accounts to Sign in with Apple, choose to only share an approximate location with app developers and an indicator will tell users when an app is using their device’s mic and camera.

Additional iOS 14 Features

  • Translate is designed to be the best and easiest app for translating conversations, offering quick and natural translation of voice and text among 11 different languages. On-device mode allows users to experience the features of the app offline for private voice and text translation.
  • Siri expands its knowledge, helps find answers from across the internet, and can now send audio messages. Keyboard dictation runs on a device when dictating messages, notes, email, and more.
  • The Home app makes smart home control even easier with new automation suggestions and expanded controls in Control Center for quicker access to accessories and scenes. Adaptive Lighting for compatible HomeKit-enabled lights automatically adjusts the color temperature throughout the day, and with on-device Face Recognition, compatible video doorbells and cameras can identify friends and family. The Home app and HomeKit are built to be private and secure, so all information about a user’s home accessories is end-to-end encrypted.
  • AirPods gain the ability to seamlessly switch between Apple devices with automatic device switching. Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking brings a theater-like experience to AirPods Pro. By applying directional audio filters, and subtly adjusting the frequencies each ear receives, sounds can be placed virtually anywhere in a space to provide an immersive listening experience.
  • Digital car keys give users a secure way to use iPhone or Apple Watch to unlock and start their car. Digital car keys can be easily shared using Messages, or disabled through iCloud if a device is lost, and are available starting this year through NFC. Apple also unveiled the next generation of digital car keys based on Ultra-Wideband technology for spatial awareness delivered through the U1 chip, which will allow users to unlock future car models without removing their iPhone from their pocket or bag, and will become available next year.
  • Find My will add support for finding third-party products and accessories with the new Find My network accessory program. This will allow customers to use the Find My app to locate other important items in their lives, in addition to their Apple devices. User privacy remains central to the Find My network with end-to-end encryption built-in. A draft specification is available for accessory makers and product manufacturers starting today.
  • Safari offers a Privacy Report so users can easily see which cross-site trackers have been blocked, secure password monitoring to help users detect saved passwords that may have been involved in a data breach, and built-in translation for entire webpages.
  • Health has all-new experiences to manage sleep, better understand audio levels that may affect hearing health, and a new Health Checklist — a centralized place to manage health and safety features — includes Emergency SOS, Medical ID, ECG, Fall Detection, and more.10 Health also adds support for new data types for mobility, Health Records, symptoms, and ECG.
  • The Weather app and widget keep users up to date on severe weather events and a new next-hour precipitation chart shows minute-by-minute precipitation when rain is in the forecast.
  • Accessibility features include Headphone Accommodations, which amplifies soft sounds and tunes audio to help music, movies, phone calls, and podcasts sound crisper and clearer, and sign language detection in Group FaceTime, which makes the person signing more prominent in a video call. VoiceOver, the industry’s leading screen reader for the blind community, now automatically recognizes what is displayed visually onscreen so more apps and web experiences are accessible to more people.

iPadOS 14 Features

Enhanced App Experience

iPadOS 14 offers the same compact design that iOS 14 offers for incoming FaceTime and phone calls, Siri interactions, and Search. Incoming FaceTime and phone calls now appear as a lightweight banner so they don’t take up the entire screen/ Users can quickly tap to answer a call or flick to dismiss. Siri now appears at the bottom of the screen when activated and quickly gets out of the way when launching other apps or controlling music.

iPadOS 14 Search has been completely rebuilt from the ground up, and can be used to locate and launch apps, access contacts, files, and quick information, or get answers to common questions about people or places.  Search’s compact design allows users to start a search from anywhere, without having to leave the app they’re in. Web searches deliver more relevant suggestions as users type and offer the ability to get to search results with just a tap.

Sidebars

Redesigned sidebars are available in many apps, including Photos, Files, Notes, Calendar, and Apple Music. The new sidebars consolidate navigation into a single place, making it easier to navigate within an app. Streamlined toolbars and new pull-down menus provide access to app controls all in one place.

Apple Pencil and Handwritten Notes

iPadOS 14’s new Scribble functionality allows users to write in any text field — where it will automatically be converted to typed text — making replying to an iMessage or searching in Safari faster and easier. All handwriting and conversion to text happens only on the device, making it totally private and secure.

Smart Selection uses on-device machine learning to distinguish handwriting from drawings, so handwritten text can easily be selected, cut, and pasted into another document as typed text. Shape recognition allows users to draw shapes that are made geometrically perfect and snap right into place when adding useful diagrams and illustrations in Notes.

The iPad can recognize phone numbers, dates, and addresses in handwritten text, allowing users to tap a written number to make a call, add an event directly to Calendar, or show a location in Maps.

The feature will initially offer support for English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, and mixed Chinese and English.

Enhanced Privacy Features

All apps will now be required to obtain user permission before tracking. Later on, App Store product pages will feature summaries of developers’ self-reported privacy practices. Users will also be able to upgrade existing accounts to Sign in with Apple, choose to only share an approximate location with app developers and an indicator will tell users when an app is using their device’s mic and camera.

Additional iPadOS 14 Features

  • All-new beautifully redesigned widgets present timely information at a glance, and users can select a Smart Stack of widgets, which uses on-device intelligence to surface the right widget based on factors such as time, location, and activity.
  • Messages is central to communicating with friends and family, and now it’s easier to stay connected and quickly access important messages. Users can pin conversations to the top of their messages list, easily keep up with lively group threads through mentions and inline replies, and further customize conversations by setting a group photo using an image or emoji. New Memoji options in Messages are even more inclusive and diverse with additional hairstyles, headwear, face coverings, and more.
  • Siri expands its knowledge, helps find answers from across the internet, and can now send audio messages. Keyboard dictation runs on device when dictating messages, notes, email, and more.
  • Maps makes it easier than ever to navigate and explore with new cycling directions and curated Guides. Cycling directions take into account elevation, how busy a street is, and whether there are stairs along the route. Guides provide a curated list of interesting places to visit in a city, created by a selection of trusted resources, making them a great way to discover hot new restaurants, find popular attractions, and explore new recommendations from respected brands, including AllTrails, Complex, The Infatuation, Time Out Group, and The Washington Post, among others.
  • The Home app makes smart home control even easier with new automation suggestions and expanded controls in Control Center for quicker access to accessories and scenes. Adaptive Lighting for compatible HomeKit-enabled lights automatically adjusts the color temperature throughout the day, and with on-device Face Recognition, compatible video doorbells and cameras can identify friends and family. The Home app and HomeKit are built to be private and secure, so all information about a user’s home accessories is end-to-end encrypted.
  • Safari offers a Privacy Report so users can easily see which cross-site trackers have been blocked, secure password monitoring to help users detect saved passwords that may have been involved in a data breach, and built-in translation for entire webpages.
  • Accessibility features include Headphone Accommodations, which amplifies soft sounds and tunes audio to help music, movies, phone calls, and podcasts sound crisper and clearer, and sign language detection in Group FaceTime, which makes the person signing more prominent in a video call. VoiceOver, the industry’s leading screen reader for the blind community, now automatically recognizes what is displayed visually onscreen so more apps and web experiences are accessible to more people.

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