Apple announces iOS 14 with widgets and all-new home page experience

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iOS 14

At WWDC, Apple today announced iOS 14 with several new features, read about them below.

  • App Library: This feature automatically organizes apps installed in the iPhone. It organizes the apps based on category and other factors.
  • Widgets: This is basically Windows 10 Live Tiles experience. You can place widget anywhere in your home screen. And you can also resize the widgets. You can browse through the widgets in the widgets gallery and add your favorite ones.
  • Picture in Picture support: This feature is available already in Android. As you can expect, you can keep watching videos while you are working inside other apps.
  • Improved Siri: Instead of launching full-screen experience all the time, Siri can now provide you answers in a small pop-up window without interrupting your workflow. Siri can now send audio messages. Also, you can now use on-device dictation feature through Siri.
  • Translate: New Translate app that works completely offline. Supports 11 languages at start. Supports text, audio and conversation mode.
  • Messages app update:
    • Conversations: You can now pin conversations to the top of your message list.
    • Memoji: New customization features including face covering and age options.
    • Groups: Inline replies, Mentions and improved UI.
  • Apple Maps update:
    • UK, Ireland and Canada to get updated map data this year.
    • Guides to help people explore places.
    • Cycling directions.
    • EV routing.
  • CarPlay:
    • New wallpaper support.
    • iPhone can be used as digital key for cars. BMW 5-series 2021 will support this first. This feature coming to iOS 13 as well.
  • App Store:
    • App Clip – A small part of an app, it is light and fast. It is an easy way to discover new apps.  App Clips are available from Safari, Apple Maps and other apps.

Source: Apple

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