iOS 14 Announced With New Home screen, Widgets, and Improved Siri
Apple has announced iOS 14 with a new app library, redesigned home screen, widgets and intelligent app organization. The new update also support picture-in-picture video playback, similar to iPadOS. Siri has also been made more useful than ever before, with faster performance and newer features.
iOS 14 Updates and Features
Home screen Redesign and Widgets
iOS 14 features a new app library which supports smarter organization of apps across multiple screens. It features the much-rumored list view, and makes it easier to find the app that you need at the right time.
iOS 14 also features widgets on the home screen now, along with a redesigned Today view. The widgets can placed anywhere on the home screen, and easily replaced with other widgets.
iOS 14 finally supports picture-in-picture video playback, similar to iPadOS video playback. You can keep any supported app's video playing in the background by going to the home screen.
Siri has a brand new interface. Gone is the full-screen user interface that covered the whole screen. Siri just shows a small icon at the bottom when used, and it also works with the content that is currently displaying on the screen. When using Siri, it shows results in widgets, that show on top of the screen.
A new translation app in iOS 14 works offline with 11 languages at launch. It works with voice input and even in conversations.
Messages has tons of improvements to how group chats work. You can now reply to specific messages, use mentions to get someone's attention, and be notified only when someone mentions you. You can also set group chat photos or emojis.
The messages app also lets you pin conversations that show right on top of the app. Users can also retract sent messages. Apple has also added many new updates to allow new types of personalization for Memojis, including a face mask, new hairstyles and much more.
New Apple Maps features, previously rolled out in the United States, are coming soon to the UK, Ireland and Canada. The app now supports Guides, which provide information from third-party partners like Zagat and AllTrails. These guides show lists of best spots around the town for a particular activity.
Maps also show cycling lanes and routes, altitude, traffic and more for bike enthusiasts. Cycling information will be available in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Shanghai and Beijing at launch.
Maps will also show EV information for compatible charging spots. This feature will initially launch with support from BMW and Ford.