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- Apple on Monday unveiled iOS 14, the latest version of its iPhone software.
- The new software, which will likely arrive this fall, includes major changes to the iPhone’s home screen and the ability to unlock and start your car using your iPhone.
- Apple is also adding a new Translate app for live conversation translation, improvements to group messages, and App Clips, small, light versions of apps for when you need them most.
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Apple on Monday unveiled the latest version of its iPhone software, iOS 14.
The new software, which will arrive on iPhones this fall, was on display at Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC. While past events have taken place at Apple’s Cupertino, California, headquarters, this year’s event was hosted virtually in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Apple’s new iPhone software, which will likely arrive on iPhones this fall, is a significant update for the device, bringing along major changes to the home screen, a new Translate app, and the option to unlock and start your car with your iPhone.
Here are all the major new iPhone features included in iOS 14 that Apple announced.
- A new app called Translate for live conversation translation that will work offline
- The ability to set a default email or browser app that’s different from Apple’s
- The ability to unlock and start your car with your iPhone and give other people access to your vehicle (This feature if coming to the new BMW 5 Series first.)
- App Clips, a small, light version of an app for when you only need it temporarily
Apple is making significant changes to its home screen, marking the first major overhaul in several years.
A new feature called App Library is coming to iPhones this fall, which will automatically organize your apps based on type, allowing you to hide app pages and reduce clutter. The library will automatically show you apps it thinks you might need.
Apple is also changing the look and feel of widgets, making them better-looking and in varying sizes. For the first time, you’ll be able to pin widgets to your home screen for easier access.
Siri’s interface is also getting updated. Rather than having the voice assistant take up the full screen when activated, Siri will appear only as an orb at the bottom of the screen when in use.
With iOS 14, FaceTime will become less intrusive — rather than having an incoming call take up your whole screen, it will now appear as a small rectangle at the top of the screen.
FaceTime will also have picture-in-picture support, meaning the video will follow you to other apps. The feature will work for other videos as well.
The Messages app will likely become more convenient to use in iOS 14. You’ll now be able to pin frequently used conversations to the top of the app, allowing you to access them more quickly and easily.
Some of the most significant changes will come to group messages. Apple will now let you add a photo or Memoji to a group conversation, and allow you to tag other people and reply to a specific message inline.
Memoji is getting a small update, with new hairstyles and headware, and even the option to add a face mask, coming to the feature.
The Maps app is getting some updates to make it more competitive with Google Maps.
The app will now have curated, built-in guides for traveling from third-party sources, which will update constantly.
Apple is also adding specific app experiences for environmentally friendly forms of commuting, beginning with cycling. The app will tell users how busy a specific street is or how difficult the route its.
Maps will now tell users whether there are electric vehicle charging stations along their route as well.
Translate is a new Apple-made app that will be available in iOS 14. The app works similarly to Google Translate and will allow for conversation translation in 11 languages.
Apple highlights the fact that Translate will be available offline to keep voice and text translations private.
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