iOS 14 features and expected release date and why you should be excited

    iOS 14 features and why you should be excited

    iOS 14 features and expected release date and why you should be excited

    iOS 14 – Coming In Autumn

    Once a year, Apple rolls out a major update to the iOS software. Millions of devices will get major new features, along with patches for security bugs and interface tweaks. The next update is iOS 14, and it’s coming in autumn 2020.

    We still have months to go until iOS 14 is released. A few details about the update have started to leak out long before a beta version of the software is set to arrive, giving us some idea of what to expect. There are still hidden features and functions that we don’t know about, as iOS updates often include hundreds of tweaks and new features, but a few key features have been unveiled.

    Despite iOS 13 offering new features such as Dark Mode and an overhauled Photos app, the software has had a bad run of bugs, seeing multiple smaller point updates from Apple in a relatively short amount of time to try and improve performance and stability.

    Apple is believed to be focusing on performance and quality in iOS 14, but there are still plenty of new features in the works.

    When will iOS 14 be released?

    iOS 14 will be previewed at the 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which will take place at some point in June. This year, Apple is holding WWDC online, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

    Following the unveiling of iOS 14, the software will be provided to developers for testing purposes, followed by Apple’s public beta testing group. When beta testing has finished in the fall, iOS 14 will see a public release alongside new iPhones, provided Apple sticks to its traditional release schedule.

    Here are the past five iOS release dates.

    • iOS 13: Thursday 19 September 2019
    • iOS 12: Monday 17 September 2018
    • iOS 11: Wednesday 20 September 2017
    • iOS 10: Tuesday 13 September 2016
    • iOS 9: Wednesday 16 September 2015.

    Device Compatibility

    According to French site iPhonesoft, which claims to have spoken with a contact who works on Apple Maps, iOS 14 will be compatible with all of the same iPhones as iOS 13, including older devices like the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s. It’s not clear if this rumor is accurate, and the site who shared the list says that the list is “not final” and could change.

    Below is a list of iOS 13 compatible devices.

    • iPhone 11 Pro
    • 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
    • iPod touch (7th generation)

    iOS 14: Features

    New Features for iMessage

    MacRumors has uncovered evidence that Apple is testing a range of new features for iMessage, and the new functionality could be included in the iOS 14.

    There’s a new mention system that will allow users to tag contacts with their name like @jason. In a group chat. This feature will make it possible to mute the conversation but receive push notifications when direct mentions are included.

    Apple is also working on a feature that would delete texts after sending them, with the deletion visible to both parties.

    Typing indicators in group chats could be also be included, so you can see who is typing in a multi-person chat.

    iOS 14 features and why you should be excited

    Augmented Reality App

    It appears Apple is planning to introduce a new AR app in iOS 14. The app is said to allow users to “get more information about the world around them” through Augmented Reality.

    The app may feature integrations with Apple Stores and Starbucks, which suggests users could do something like hold up an iPhone in an Apple Store to view information about products.

    Fitness App

    Apple is working on a fitness app for iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple TV that will let users download fitness-related videos that will walk them through various workouts.

    The Apple Watch will be used to track progress through workout routines, which will be displayed on iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.

    Facial Recognition for Cameras

    A new HomeKit Secure Video feature adds people identification, which will allow security cameras to detect specific people, distinguishing people in the family from strangers.

    Setting Third-Party Apps as Default

    Since iOS 10, Apple has let you delete the built-in apps that come pre-installed on your iPhone — things like Stocks, Weather, Calculator and so forth. But when it comes to clicking on a link or replying to an email, you’re stuck with Apple’s Safari and Mail apps instead of third-party options.

    Bloomberg reports that might change in a future version of iOS. As soon as iOS 14, Apple could let you choose your own default apps so that a different browser might launch when you click on a link.

    The change would allow you to set apps like Google Chrome and Gmail as the default apps on iOS devices. The change would also allow music apps used with the HomePod to work with Siri, something that’s limited to Apple Music currently.

    iOS 14 features and why you should be excited

    New List View for Apps

    The look for your iPhone home screen could be getting a refresh in iOS 14. 9to5Mac reports that Apple may introduce a List view that provides a new way to scroll through all the apps on your phone.

    The list will allow users to see all of the apps installed on the iPhone, presumably organized alphabetically. Users will allegedly be able to set viewing filters to see app categories like recently used apps or apps with unread notifications.

    New Multitasking Interface

    Apple may introduce a multitasking interface that displays four open apps at once.

    Sleep Tracking – Health App

    The sleep tracking feature rumored for the next-generation Apple Watch will integrate with the Health app on iPhone, where users will be able to set a personalized sleep goal. The Health app will also offer up recommendations for improving sleep.

    Apple Pencil Updates

    iOS 14 could include a new PencilKit feature that will allow users to handwrite text in any text input field using Apple Pencil, with the handwritten content then converted into standard text before it’s sent.

    5G Support

    Wireless carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have launched their new networks to bring faster speeds and lower latency. Apple’s expected to join the party later this year, with the iPhone 12 adding 5G compatibility.

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