With iOS 14, Apple will add an all-new App Library that will make organising apps simpler. With App Library, apps are automatically organised and one doesn’t have to keep icons on the home screen.
Apple is set to make widgets more data-rich with iOS 14. The new widgets display information at a glance and can be pinned in different sizes on any Home Screen page. Users can create a Smart Stack of widgets, which uses on-device intelligence to surface the right widget based on time, location, and activity.
“iOS 14 transforms the most iconic elements of the iPhone experience, starting with the biggest update we’ve ever made to the Home Screen,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With beautifully redesigned widgets on the Home Screen, the App Library that automatically organises all of your apps, and App Clips that are fast and easy to discover, iPhone becomes even more powerful and easier to use.”
One of the biggest changes coming with iOS 14 is Messages, with which Apple is set to take on WhatsApp. Users can pin conversations to the top of their messages list. Groups on iMessages are also getting features like mentions, inline replies and group photos.
Apple is bringing new Memoji options to iMessages as well with more inclusive and diverse with additional hairstyles, headwear, face coverings, and more.
Siri is also getting smarter with iOS 14 with the option of keyboard dictation that runs on device when dictating messages, notes, email, and more. Translate app will offer quick and natural translation of voice and text among 11 different languages.
The Health app will have 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.
The Weather app and widget will get a new next-hour precipitation chart, which will show minute-by-minute precipitation when rain is in the forecast.
The developer preview of iOS 14 is available to Apple Developer Program members starting today whereas a public beta will be available to iOS users next month.