Apple has finally released iOS 14, which it previewed at WWDC 2020 and finalized as a result of the developer and public beta versions that it released over the past summer months. With iOS 14, noticeable changes await iPhone owners. We encounter some tools and arrangements that we haven’t seen much, especially in the home screen experience.
Which phones will get iOS 14?
Apple keeps support for updates quite long. Starting with the iPhone 6s released at the end of 2015, iOS 14 is being distributed to all phones. However, the features found vary from device to device:
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone SE (1st Generation)
- iPhone SE (2020 – 2nd Generation)
- iPod touch (7th Generation)
iOS 14 review
Home screen and widgets
We can easily say that one of the biggest innovations in iOS 14 is related to the Home screen. Although Apple has offered different possibilities on the iPhone’s Home screen over the past 10 years, it has not allowed users to use application shortcuts together with toolkits as on Android phones. With iOS 14, you now have the ability to use any toolkit and application shortcuts or folders together.
So you can organize the home screen panels according to your interests. Toolkits will also become more useful. Of course, with this innovation, the toolkits also differ in design and function. You can choose from small, medium or large sized sets and place them anywhere on the main screen. An application can also offer toolkits of different sizes.
In the section called Tool Sets gallery, you can select and drag the toolkit you want and place it on the main screen. To access the section in question, it is enough to come to edit the home screen and click the + icon in the upper left corner. Apple has made this area very useful, and by adding a search engine, you can easily find the toolkit of the application you want.
What has been done on the home screen side is the most important of the visual changes that come with iOS 14 and therefore deserves to be examined in a separate topic. Apart from this, there are some innovations that will make the work of iPhone users easier.
When a phone or FaceTime call came in, it was demonstrated on the entire screen. This situation did not change even if you did not answer the incoming call. This situation caused the distraction you gave to the job you were currently dealing with.
Now, when a phone or FaceTime call comes in, it is indicated by a small sign at the top of the screen. When you click it, the incoming call is displayed on the full screen. You can also use the answer or reject buttons directly on the sign. Thanks to this compact design, you will not be away from the open application, video, or game screen.
There is a similar design change for Siri. In previous versions, when you called Siri, the entire screen was opened and all attention was turned to this virtual assistant. With iOS 14, Siri also gets a more compact design. When you call or use the physical key to turn on Siri, you will see an animation at the bottom edge of the screen. Siri’s responses are displayed in a sign at the top of the screen, and the remaining application, home screen or content continues to be displayed.
Messages and Memoji
With the updates coming in the past versions, the Messages application has become a tool that will challenge WhatsApp and similar instant messaging applications among iPhone users. Now, with iOS 14, Apple brings some of the features we see in those applications to the Messages application.
One of the most useful innovations is pinned chats. You can pin your chats with people or groups you frequently meet at the top. These are shown at the top, with an enlarged profile photo of that person or group. A special photo can be assigned to groups. When a message arrives and you still don’t see it, it is shown in a small speech bubble from your profile picture.
Memoji is one of Apple’s fun features, and we see that with iOS 14, innovations continue to be brought to it. In this way, you can create a visual character that reflects your own appearance and personality more comfortably. 11 new hairstyles and 19 new hats and headgear are added. There are also new age and new stickers by the way. We see three new gestures such as fist cuffing, hugging, and embarrassment at the very beginning of the stickers. As a result, Memoji gets better at reflecting both your look and feel.
We talked about the biggest change coming for Siri above. Visually, Siri offers a different experience. However, the scope of his answers to the questions is also expanding. Apple says Siri knows 20 times more than three years ago, thanks to its expanding information library.
Wikipedia is one of Siri’s biggest resources and it is used a lot in the answers given. Now you have the possibility to get more about a person, topic, and event you are curious about by clicking on the Siri answer.
Camera and FaceTime
With iOS 14, exposure compensation settings are included in the Camera application. This control is especially useful when shooting in low light. Apple further enhances this feature to keep exposure compensation locked for specific camera use. On the iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro models, a guide that will help you keep the device steady while shooting in night mode is one of the remarkable innovations in the Camera application.
There is also a noticeable change for those who take selfies frequently. When you switch to the front camera, you will see your image reflected from the mirror. In fact, this is done deliberately, so it will be easier for you to organize yourself before shooting. In the photoshoot, the photo is taken from the opposite side and the photo is taken in the way others see you. Now, Apple has added the Mirror Front Camera option to its camera settings, allowing your selfie photos to be taken as images reflected from the mirror. In this way, your selfies will not feel strange.
Apart from some important changes and innovations listed in the main headings above, there are also noticeable innovations and differences under different applications. It would be appropriate to summarize them under this heading:
- With iOS 13, the Year, Month, Day and All Photos view came to the Photos application. In these views, it is possible to change the view by pinching or opening two fingers and to see more photos at the same time. Now we see that this feature can also be used in albums under the Albums tab.
- When you open any note in Notes application and click the three dots icon in the upper right corner; You’ll see common controls like Scan, Pin, Lock and Erase displayed with large icons and easy to use. When you search, you will see the most relevant results first.
- There is a brand new app shortcut in red for the music app. A new tab called Listen Now is added, offering recommendations for your favorite tracks, artists, playlists and mixes. On the other hand, changes have been made in the order of other tabs. The search section has also been enriched, with the opportunity to browse through categories of different music genres.
- You can set the default internet browser or e-mail application to be another application such as Chrome, Edge, Gmail, Outlook other than Safari or Mail offered by Apple. To do this, you must open the settings for the third-party application in the Settings application. You will see the corresponding setting.
- There is also a small but important change for those who frequently watch videos on YouTube. Until now, video resolution on iPhones was limited to 1080p. One of the reasons for this was that Apple did not support the VP9 encoder YouTube uses for 4K videos. We don’t know what has changed in the background, but Apple supports playing YouTube’s 4K videos in the new version software. When we open 4K videos on iPhone 11 Pro Max, we see that we can choose the maximum resolution.