Major features like SharePlay, Safari updates, Photos changes, and more have received most of the attention when it comes to iOS 15 coverage, but there are some notable new translation-related features that are being introduced in the update.
System-wide translation, Live Text translation, and other new options add useful new functionality to the iPhone. This guide highlights everything that’s new with the Translate app and the translation features in iOS 15.
Apple in iOS 14 introduced a new Translate app that can be used to translate conversations from one language to another, and also added translation features to Safari.
In iOS 15, translation capabilities are expanding further and can be used system-wide. You can select any text anywhere in iOS 15 and choose the new “Translate” option to translate it into your preferred language.
iOS 15 adds a Live Text feature that lets your iPhone detect text in any image or photo on your device. You can select text in images and it works like any other text on your iPhone.
You can copy text, paste text, and use the built-in system-wide translation feature to translate text. So if you’re in another country and need to read a sign or a menu in a foreign language, you can snap a quick picture, highlight the text, and choose the translate option to see just what it says.
Live Text can be selected and translated in Photos, screenshots, Quick Look, Safari, and even live previews with the Camera app.
In addition to the system-wide translation feature, Apple has made several improvements to the dedicated Translate app, which is designed for communicating with someone who speaks another language.
The Translate app’s conversation feature has been updated to make it easier to get into conversation mode. Just tap on the Conversation tab in landscape or portrait view, which is located at the bottom of the Translate app.
Chat bubbles have been added to the conversation mode so that it’s easier to follow along with the chat.
The Translate app is now able to auto translate speech without the need to tap on the microphone button when in conversation mode.
It automatically detects when you start speaking and when you stop, so the other person can just respond without the need for interacting with the iPhone.
Face to Face View
The conversation view has a face to face option so that each person participating in the conversation through the Translate app can see their own side of the chat.
Language Selection Improvements
Apple has made it easier to select languages through drop-down menus.
If you have issues with iCloud Drive, don’t despair. Here’s how to resolve iCloud syncing issues and get it working again.
Having problems getting iCloud to sync your data between systems? You’re not alone; many developers have expressed their frustration with iCloud problems since its introduction. Fortunately, there are many fixes you can try to get your macOS and iOS apps syncing with Apple’s servers. Don’t be afraid to try them all if the first few don’t work out.
Keep reading to learn more.
1. Restart and Wait
iCloud can take some time to kick in when you make a change. According to some reports, this can be up to 10 minutes.
You might find that your problem resolves itself with a bit of patience, but while you’re at it, you can also try restarting all affected devices. You also may want to plug your device in—sometimes we find that photos won’t sync to iCloud until the phone is charging.
2. Check You’re Using the Right Account
It might sound obvious, but if you’re not using the same iCloud account on both devices, then they’ll never sync correctly. Head to Settings > [Your Name] on iOS or System Preferences > Apple ID on macOS and check which account is currently associated with the device.
You can only have one iCloud account active at a time, so make sure they match up. If they don’t, you will need to sign out of the incorrect account and log in with the correct credentials.
3. Make Sure iCloud Is Working Properly
Every service experiences downtime at some point. While most planned outages occur at night when you’re asleep, catastrophic failure or human error can sometimes bring even the most reliable services down.
To check Apple’s current iCloud status, head to Apple’s System Status page and look for the green dots. Any ongoing issues should appear at the bottom of the screen.
4. Ensure You’ve Enabled iCloud for Your App
There are some elements you can change in your Settings (iOS) or System Preferences (macOS) in order to remedy apps that won’t sync.
On your iOS device, head to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud and make sure the app you want to sync is listed and enabled. You can also try toggling this off and back on to restart the sync process.
Apps that have access to iCloud Drive on macOS will appear under System Preferences > Apple ID > iCloud.
5. Check That Apps Have Cellular Access
Do you have trouble syncing to iCloud while on mobile data, but not on Wi-Fi? You may have disabled cellular access for some apps.
Head to Settings > Cellular and scroll down to find a list of apps on your phone. Any apps that have their slider turned off will only work on Wi-Fi. Try enabling data access for any apps that you want to sync all the time, but note this may increase your data usage.
6. Rule Out Date and Time Discrepancies
You can run into a lot of problems when your iPhone’s date and time aren’t current. Many apps will simply refuse to connect to the internet at all. In order to avoid these problems, you can set the time to automatically update, which will keep your devices in sync and avoid these issues.
On iOS, head to Settings > General > Date & Time > Set Automatically. On macOS, you can do this from System Preferences > Date & Time > Time Zone.
7. Check That You’re Syncing the Right Folder
For apps that allow you to customize which folder you use to store data, ensure that the paths match up in both instances. You should make sure that your various iOS and macOS apps are looking for data in the same location, if applicable.
8. Reset and Restore Your Device
None of the above has helped and your device won’t access or sync iCloud data at all? You might want to take a stronger step and reset your phone to clear up any lingering issues. Before you do so, you should back up your phone to avoid losing any data.
To reset and restore your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Reset and select Erase all Content and Settings from the menu.
You can restore the backup you made when you set up the phone afresh. Wait for the Apps & Data screen to load, tap Restore from iCloud Backup, then sign in with your Apple ID. Once you’re finished, your device will be near-identical to how you started, except you’ll need to add or authorize your various accounts again.
Hopefully, this will clear up whatever issue you had with iCloud Drive. If it still doesn’t work, check out some of the most common iCloud issues and how to fix them.
9. Look Into App-Specific Support
If you’ve got an app that uses data syncing to transfer between different platforms, there’s a good chance the developer offers help documentation to help you overcome your issues. Much of the time, developers can pinpoint exact files and folders you should delete in order to solve your issue.
A few apps that include specific guides to solving iCloud issues include DayOne, 1Password, and Ulysses. Search online for specific help if your issue lies with another app.
10. Use an iCloud Alternative
Many applications give you a choice of whether or not to use iCloud. If you can avoid using it, you’ll sidestep many of the issues that have plagued the service.
For example, apps like DayOne and 1Password both allow you to use Dropbox. Plus, third-party cloud storage solutions often provide you with more space and less hassle. And don’t worry, you can still use other iCloud features, like Find My iPhone and email.
Some of the best cloud storage alternatives include Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive.
Make It Easier to Use iCloud
Hopefully, these tips helped you clear up your iCloud Drive issues; most users have reported that one of these tips helped to get them back on track. While iCloud isn’t perfect, its integration with Apple platforms makes it the de facto choice for many users. Now you can enjoy it as Apple intended.
If you can’t charge your iPhone or iPad, whether it’s the latest iPhone 12 or iPad Pro, or an older iPhone 6s or iPad Air, there’s a lot you can try on your own before contacting Apple for help. Sure, sometimes it’s a hardware problem with the Lightning or USB-C connector or the battery, but often enough it’s a software issue that a few simple steps can fix.
If so, follow along and we’ll get you back up and battery running in no time!
1. Force a restart
If your iPhone or iPad won’t charge, one of the first and easiest things to try is a forced restart. Make all the “reboot Windows” jokes you want but sometimes bad bits get stuck and need to be flushed out. Follow these instructions to force a reboot, or even reset your iPhone.
2. Switch outlets or ports
Funny as it sounds, sometimes outlets or USB ports just don’t work. That’s especially true if you’re plugging into a wall or computer you’ve never plugged into before. It can also happen if an electrical or other problem occurs in your regular outlet or port.
So, make sure you try plugging into a different outlet or USB port and see if your iPhone or iPad starts to charge. If it does, you’re good. If not, keep reading.
3. Switch cables
Like outlets, cables can fail. Sometimes they get chewed up by the wear and tear of travel or even household life. Other times, especially for third party cables, defects catch up with them. If there’s no problem with the iPhone or iPad, and no problem with the power source, you need to check the cable in-between.
Try a different cable. If you don’t have one handy, try one from a family member, friend, schoolmate, colleague, or even one from a store in the mall. Just get your hands on a cable or two other than your regular and see how goes. If it works, awesome. If not, keep reading.
4. Restore in iTunes
After trying the easy fixes, it’s time to try the harder ones. In this case, restoring your iPhone or iPad in Finder (on your Mac) or iTunes (on Windows and older Macs. A computer-based restore is a safer bet than iCloud because it actually offloads, re-installs, and reloads your data rather than doing everything in-place and on your device. That can sometimes shake loose bad bits that even a forced restart or iCloud restore can’t. If you use an encrypted backup, it’ll even restore your passwords so you can get back up and running faster.
You’ll need to back up your device to your Mac, then erase it, then restore it.
5. Contact Us
Sometimes a problem really is a problem. Like any physical connector, the Lightning or 30-pin Dock port is subject to both wear-and-tear and electrical failure. There could also be an issue with your battery. If you have AppleCare+, don’t walk, run to get it fixed. If you don’t, get in touch with us we offer a free estimate and free diagnosis then you can weigh the cost of repair against the cost of upgrading to a new device.
It doesn’t matter if your iPhone is older, or the best iPhone you can buy right now, problems can still arise. If you had an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad that you couldn’t charge, and one of the above fixes worked for you, let me know! If something else worked, let me know that as well!
Home Screen widgets have become increasingly popular since the release of iOS 14. However, because this is an entirely new feature, the new iPhone glances come with a fair share of bugs and glitches. Sometimes the widgets turn grey, display a black screen or don’t load any data at all.
Widgets can also start flickering in a continuous loop! The flashing doesn’t stop until you delete the widget. Intermittent blinking can occur both on the Home Screen, as well as as in the Add Widget panel. This bug generates a system-wide reaction, causing all your widgets to flicker, making it difficult for you to determine which one causes the problem.
What Causes Widgets To Flicker?
According to Jamie, on Stackoverflow.com, the intermittent widget flashing is caused by apps that use custom fonts.
Some of the most popular third-party apps that use this option are Widgetsmith and Color Widgets. The flickering is often triggered after installing app updates or when the user re-configures a widget in its main app.
According to user mpmontanez (from Apple’s Developer forums) the flashing widgets issue occurs when iOS 14 tries to serve a cached version of a widget while initializing the updated one.
3 Ways To Fix Flickering Widgets
1. Reboot iPhone
Users have managed to stop the intermittent flickering of the widgets by force restarting iPhone. Quickly press and release Volume Up button, do the same with Volume Down and press & hold the Side button until the Apple logo is displayed on the screen. Release Side button and wait for the iPhone to boot up.
2. Re-Install Faulty Widget App
Flashing usually starts when you update, add or edit a widget. Long-press on the widget in question and remove it from the Home Screen, to stop all other widgets from blinking. Next, delete the app the causes the flashing problem and re-install it to prevent the flickering bug from re-occurring.
3. Remove Color Widget
We found that in most cases Color Widgets is the app to blame for causing the flickering widgets bug. Perhaps because it heavily relies on custom widget. In our case, we recently updated to version 1.4.9 and all the widgets on the Home Screen started blinking after adding a new color widget. Fix: The solution was to remove the widget in question. Re-configuring it from the Color Widgets app did not solve the problem and we ended up deleting the app and re-installing it.
Do you also have problems with flickering widgets in iOS 14? Have you found other troubleshooting solutions? Let us know, with the help of the comments section available below.
Nowadays all our digital life is stored on our smartphone. Photos, Contacts, Credit Card information, Online Banking details represent vital information that we use day by day. Some data is available only on the iPhone without having it written down physically. For example, when you save a new contact, you don’t also write it down in your physical agenda, because that’s time consuming.
So, having a backup of all the digital data stored on your iPhone is mandatory. This helps, in the worst case scenario, that you lose or destroy your iOS device. With a backup available, you have a way to recover your data and upload it on a new iPhone. Backups can be done via iTunes or iCloud. The difference is the iTunes ones are saved on the computer used for backing up, while the iCloud ones are stored on the cloud and available for download from anywhere an Internet connection is found.
How To Backup iPhone Via iTunes Saving a copy of your iOS device and storing it on your computer is a rapid and easy process. Here is what you have to do:
iTunes Update available prompt.
Step 1: Download & Install the iTunes software on your Mac or Windows computer. Click here and a new page with the official iTunes download information opens up. The Apple website automatically detects if you’re using a Mac or Windows machine and provides the appropriate version. Step 2: Fill in your name, email address and check the software requirements. Click Download now when you’re ready and the file will be saved on your computer. Step 3: Check the Downloads folder on your computer or Mac and run the freshly downloaded iTunes installer. Go through the regular steps of a setup process and run iTunes on your machine. Step 4: Provide your Apple ID log-in credentials when prompted. These are the same log-in details that you use on your iPhone with FaceTime, App Store and so on. Now, you’re ready to backup up your iPhone! Fact: If iTunes is already installed on your computer, skip the above. Just make sure that it’s updated to the latest version.
Step 6: Grab your iOS device and plug it in the USB port of your computer. iTunes will detect it. Let your device know that it’s a Trustable machine. Step 7: Click on the iPhone icon available in the top-left area of the iTunes interface. It will open the iPhone view. Step 8: Click Back Up Now and the process starts. The computer displays “Backing up [iPhone name]…” along with a progress bar. The Ongoing backup process is also confirmed on your iPhone by two arrows rotating clock-wise in the top-right corner of the screen. Be patient until it completes. That’s it your iPhone is now backed up.
How To Restore iPhone Backup From iTunes With a copy of your iOS device available, it’s a piece of cake to restore it using iTunes: Step 1: Open iTunes and connect your iPhone with your computer via the Lightning cable. Step 2: Click on your device icon which appears, after being detected, in the top left area of the screen. Step 3: Click on Restore from iPhone Backup and the process starts. Step 4: The iOS device will display the Restore in Progress message while, iTunes will display a progress bar on your machine. Step 5: Before the restoration is completed, the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch reboots itself. Don’t disconnect the device before you check the Home screen and make sure that everything is working fine.
One of the most important changes coming in iOS 14 are the Home Screen widgets. Apple as updated most of the stock iPhone apps with widgets, but also allows developers to add widget functionality to third-party iOS apps. To get them you have to update all your downloaded apps, in the App Store, and check if you get new widgets options in the Add Widgets menu.
In this article we’ve created a collection with the first iOS and iPadOS apps that have update with support for the iOS 14 Home Screen widgets. This is an open list. Feel free to use the comments section at the end of the article to add an app to the collection.
100 Third-Part Apps That Provide Home Screen Widgets For iPhone & iPad
iPhone 11 experiencing Camera black screen problem.
Your iPhone can do a lot of things, but one of the most popular one is its ability to take spectacular photos and videos. If you’re an average user you don’t even need a dedicate photo camera anymore. The iPhone, as well as the entire smartphone industry has benefited from huge tech-leaps, that now allow users to easily and quickly snap all important moments in their lives.
However, nothing is perfect in this world, and neither your iPhone. In rare cases, it can happen that you want to shoot a photo or record a video, but the Camera app malfunctions and displays a black screen instead of the viewfinder! The iPhone’s camera can act like frozen, stuck, out of focus and unresponsive. If that’s the problem that you’re dealing with, don’t panic! You’re not the first one. This issue has already occurred to many others, including us. Read on and you’ll learn how to fix it!
5 Tips To Fix The Black Screen iPhone Camera Problem In most cases this issue is caused by a software glitch. That’s probably your case too. If your iPhone’s camera would experience a hardware problem, iOS would be able to detect it an display a warning message on the screen. Let’s see how to fix the iOS Camera black screen: 1. Switch Between Cameras The first fix that you can apply is to tap the flip-camera icon, available in the bottom-right corner of the screen (when holding the device in portrait view). In some cases, the front-facing camera fails to activate and could output a black screen in the process. However, if you switch to the rear facing camera the viewfinder might start to display properly. If that’s the case, you can switch again and check if the selfie-cam is working normally again.
2. Close / Reopen Camera App If you have lots of processes ongoing on your iPhone and open the Camera app with a sudden gesture, it might happen that the software doesn’t boot up properly. This will cause the viewfinder to display a black screen. To fix it you will have to force close the Camera app and reopen it. How to:Swipe-up from the bottom of the screen to bring up the iOS App Switcher. Fact: For owners of iPhones with a Home button, you have to double-click it, to bring unveil the App Switcher. ->Slide-up the card with the Camera app. This has closed the software for good. -> Now, go back to the Home screen and tap on the Camera icon to reopen it.
3. Try To FaceTime If you performed the two steps listed above an the Camera is still showing a black screen you can try to use the Camera via a different app. Video calling is a good option. Your first choice should be an iOS stock app, FaceTime. Open the app and pick a close contact that you can use for debugging your device’s camera. Initiate the call and see if the Camera unfreezes. How to: Open FaceTime -> pick an entry from the Recent Calls list or tap the “+” icon available in the top-right corner of the screen to search for a contact. -> Initiate FaceTime call. Fact: Other video calling apps available are Skype, WhatsApp, Zoom, but we’ve received positive results with FaceTime for iOS.
4. Restart iPhone In some cases step 3 is the winner, but in others you’ll manage to have a successful FaceTime video call and as soon as you hang up and open the Camera app you get the black screen again! In this case your next option is to power your iPhone off and turn it back on, with the hope that a reboot should fix this glitch. How to:Press & hold the Side Button and the Volume Up button of your iPhone until the “slide to power off” screen is displayed on your device -> Perform the slide to the right and turn of your iPhone. -> Wait for a few moments before you press & hold the Side Button again. This time until the Apple logo flashes on your screen. ->Release and wait until the iPhone boots up. -> Provide your Passcode and check if the camera is back functional! Fact: iPhone users with a Home button just have to press & hold the Sleep/Wake button to reach the shutdown screen!
5. Disable Voice-Over Most of the camera black screen problems should be solved by now. If your iPhone still refuses to open the Camera app properly there is one more trick that you can apply. The iOS Voice-Over feature is sometimes a trigger for this glitch. Let’s check if it’s active on your device: How To: Open the Settings app -> Tap on Accessibility -> Select Voice Over and make sure that the feature is disabled! Fact: All fixes provided on this page also work for the iPad Camera black screen issue!
Additional Troubleshooting If none of the above managed to fix your iPhone Camera black screen, there are a few more options to check before deciding to bring your iOS device to a repair shop: A. Disable Camera Location Services You could also try to turn off the Location Services for the Camera app and see if this will do the trick. 1. Open Settings. 2. Go to Privacy. 3. Select Location Services. 4. Tap on the Camera label and select Never in the Allow Location Access options.
B. Reset To Factory Settings The remaining two options are quite radical more aggressive. Please make sure that you have a full backup of your iPhone available on iTunes or iCloud. 1. Open Settings. 2. Tap on General. 3. Scroll for Reset. 4. Select Reset All Settings and follow the on-screen instructions.
C. Erase All Data And Reset iPhone Be careful, this option will erase all data from your device. You will be able to restore from a backup or set it up as new. 1. Open Settings. 2. Tap on General. 3. Scroll for Reset. 4. Select Erase All Content and Settings and follow the on-screen instructions.
Apple has just released the 2nd beta of iOS 14, two weeks and one day after the first Developer Beta was rolled out, right after the WWDC 2020 keynote. This second beta is labeled iOS 14 Public Beta 2, a solid indicator that the iOS 14 Public Beta release is imminent. Update: The iOS 14 Public Beta is now available! You can get it via Apple’s Beta Software Program, as long as you follow the step-by-step tutorial available below. If you’re already running the initial Developer Beta just use the Software Update, Settings section to install this new beta.
iOS 14 Public Beta 2 can be easily downloaded over-the-air, as any other regular iOS update as long as you’ve installed the iOS 14 Beta Configuration Profile to enroll your device. The 14th iOS generation brings many spectacular new features to the iPhone including: Home Screen widgets, an intelligently curated App Library that makes all apps installed on your iPhone available in one view, as well as many other highlighted and hidden new features. We’ve intensely beta tested iOS 14 for you and created an open collection with all iOS 14 New features.
Download iOS 14 Public Beta 2 Facts
install iOS 14 Public Beta 2
– If you’re new to this Beta testing program, you should first check if your iPhone is compatible with iOS 14. – Secondly, before proceeding please make sure that you have a full backup of your iPhone, just in case something goes wrong. The backup is also highly useful if you want to downgrade from the iOS 14 Beta to the most recent public signed version of iOS 13. – Installing iOS 14 Public Beta 2 works just as any other regular iPhone software update, if you are already running the Developer Beta on your device. In this case you are dealing with a smaller, 833,3 MB large software update file. – If you want to upgrade from iOS 13, you have to download the iOS 14 Beta Configuration Profile first, before being able to install the iOS 14 Public Beta 2. A detailed step-by-step tutorial is available below.
iOS 14 Public Beta 2 Download & Install Tutorial
Download the iOS 14 Beta Profile
1. Open the Apple Beta Software Program. Tap here to sign up or sign in. 2.Accept Apple’s terms. 3. Scroll the ‘Guide for Public Beta’ page until you reach the ‘Get Started’ paragraph. Tap on enroll your iOS device! 4. On the Beta Profile page scroll for the ‘Install Profile’ section and tap on Download profile. 5. Tap Allow, to acknowledge the Profile download. 6. Hit Close to finish with Safari.
Install the iOS 14 Beta Profile
7. Go to the iPhone Home screen and open the Settings app. 8. Tap on a new Profile Downloaded available at the top of the Settings home screen. 9. Hit Install, top-right corner of the screen. 10. Enter your iPhone passcode and tap on Install one more time after you read the Consent. 11. Tap Install for a third time and confirm that you want to Restart your iPhone to make sure that the new changes take effect.
Download the iOS 14 Public Beta 2 file
12. After your iPhone reboots open the Settings app. 13. Browse for General -> Software Update. 14. Tap on Download and Install, available on the iOS 14 Public Beta 2 software update screen. 15. Input iPhone passcode and be patient until the 3,95 GB large iOS 14 test version is downloaded and prepared for update.
Install iOS 14 Public Beta 2
If your iPhone remains on the Software Update screen the installation process will automatically begin as soon as the beta is downloaded and prepared for update. Else, you’re prompted with a pop-up message that informs that your iPhone / iPad is ready to start the installation process. 16. Tap Install Now to confirm. Be patient. Your iPhone will automatically restart when the installation process ends.
Tip: The same software update procedure and tutorial also applies for iPads that are compatible with iPadOS 14 Public Beta 2!
How Long Does It Take To Install iOS 14 Public Beta?
– Be aware that your iPhone has to download an almost 4GB large file. More than that it has to unpack it and prepare it for download. Your Internet connectivity speed has a great impact, but on average be ready to spend up to 1 hour until you can test out the iOS 14 Public Beta.
Install iOS 14 Public Beta 2 Video Tutorial
All the steps presented above are highlighted in the video tutorial provided below. Take a look:
Is iOS 14 Public Beta 2 Buggy?
The iOS 14 Developer Beta was surprisingly stable for a first test version. As most early betas the iPhone battery performance decreased by about 20% under the normal usage. iPhone would also slightly overheat when multitasking. We’ve just upgraded our test device to the Public Beta 2 version and are actively testing it. Until now the 2nd Developer Beta (which is the same with the first public beta, and labeled iOS 14 Public Beta 2) is stable. However, be aware that Apple recommends it only for test iPhones and iPads!
Apple has previewed the 14th iOS generation at WWDC 2020. The splash screen during the keynote highlighted fifteen iOS 14 new features for the iPhone. The enhancements include the highly useful App Library, rich data widgets, picture-in-picture video playback and much more. All of them are showcased and detailed below.
Besides that, we’re currently testing out the Developer Beta and are looking for hidden iOS 14 features that haven’t been mentioned during the keynote and neither been published on Apple’s website. This article is an open document and aims to contain a complete collection and include all iOS 14 new features, that will become available for your iPhone this fall!
The 15 Most Important iOS 14 New Features
iOS 14 App Library on iPhone
1. App Library
The iOS 14 App Library is an all new section available on your iPhone’s home screen. It represents the last card of the home page and has the role to provide a single, easy-to-navigate view of all apps installed on your iOS device. The App Library is automatically curated and knows how to intelligently organize apps to provide easy access to the apps you need at a given time. Tip: Hide iPhone home screen pages to enhance quicker access to the App Library!
iPhone Home Screen widgets in iOS 14.
2. Home Screen Widgets
In iOS 14 you can drag & drop widgets from the Today view to the iPhone’s Home screen. The widgets are data rich and come in different sizes to provide useful info at a glance. There’s a new widget gallery that allows you to browse between new widgets and sizes. You can also create a Smart Stack of widgets. This new iOS 14 feature uses machine learning to display the most needed widget based on time of day, location and activity. Widgets can be customized for various areas of interest like work, sports, travel, entertainment and more. For more info check out our extended tutorial!
iOS 14 Picture-in-Picture feature.
3. Picture in Picture
iOS 14 imports this new feature from iPadOS. Now you can start watching a video on your iPhone and continue watching in thumbnail-mode even when you switch for another application or screen. You can drag the video player in any corner of the screen. Resizing is also very easy. The picture in picture new feature even supports the pinch to zoom gesture. Tip: Swipe video player to the side of the screen to hide it, while audio continues to be played in the background. This way you can continue to enjoy the video while tapping into your apps. A detailed look at the iOS 14 PIP feature is available here.
Compact Siri UI in iOS 14
4. Compact Siri UI
Siri gets a complete design revamp in iOS 14. Whenever you speak out something a smaller compact UI is displayed in the lower part of the screen to let you know that the command is being executed. Siri results appear in the same format as the notifications. In iOS 14 you can ask Siri to send an audio message. Your virtual assistant knows 3x more facts.
5. On-device dictation
In iOS 14 voice dictation is executed on device, enhancing your privacy and becoming more efficient.
iOS 14 Translate app conversation mode
6. Translate app
iOS 14 also brings a new stock app to your iPhone. Translate uses powerful neuro-language technology to instantly translate conversations between 11 languages including: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Portuguese and Russian. What’s great is that the app works offline which ensures that your conversations are kept private. Tip: Turn iPhone into landscape orientation to activate the handy Conversation mode. Check our Translate app how to article to get more detailed info about how to use this new addition.
7. Messages Inline Replies
The iOS 14 new features list continues with the inline reply option that’s added to the stock Messages app. You can now reply directly to a message in a group conversation. View replies in the full conversation or open their own thread for a focused view. Tip: Mentions are now also available. Tap the name of a group member at the start of your message to make clear that you’re expecting a reply from him / her.
8. Pinned Conversations in Messages
It’s hard to manage conversations when you have many threads in Messages. iOS 14 helps out by allowing you to pin conversations. Fact: You can pin up to 9 chats to the top of the conversation list.
9. New Memoji
iOS 14 brings new Memoji customizing options. More age groups have been added. You can also choose from over 20 new hair and headwear styles. Fact: Face covering options to trend with the COVID-19 pandemic have also been added!
10. Messages Group Photo
iOS 14 also allows you to add a visual identity to a group conversation in Messages. You can add a Memoji or an emoji. Fact: The unique visual identity of a group is interactive as it changes based on the participants that reply.
11. Maps Cycling directions
iOS 14 brings dedicated cycling directions to the native Maps app. Use your iPhone to find new ways to get to your destination. Fact: Cycling directions take in account elevation, the amount of traffic on the roads. It informs you about stairs and steep passages on your route. The Cycling directions feature a limited number of cities in the early stages. Supported cities are: New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Shanghai and Beijing in China.
12. Maps EV routing
iOS 14 also brings EV routing to Maps. This way you can eliminate range anxiety and enjoy a stress free zero carbon emission drive. Fact: EV routing takes in account route elevation as well as weather to provide accurate autonomy based on the electric car that you’re driving.
13. Maps Guides
iOS 14 adds the new guides feature to Maps allowing you find great places in a new location.
14. Car keys
Our iOS 14 new features list continues with the CarKey option for your iPhone. It allows you to use your Apple smartphone to lock / unlock your car, start the engine and drive off. Apple is currently working with BMW and Ford and plans to expand the digital car key option to many other brands. Fact: The first car to support the new CarKey feature is the 2021 BMW 5 Series.
15. App Clips
Last but not least in the iOS 14 new features list we have the App Clips. Now you can download just a small part of an app. Save storage space and discover new apps light and fast. A card pops-up on your iPhone screen mentioning the app clip. App Clips can integrate Apple Pay and you can use the Sign in with Apple feature. App Clips can be launched from the web, Messages, NFC cards, qr code and a dedicated App Clip code that contains both visual and NFC info. Fact: App Clips are less than 10 Mb in size. You can download full app from the App Store if you plan to use it often.
16. Redesigned Call UI
This is a bonus addition to the iOS 14 new features that have been highlighted by Apple during the WWDC 2020 keynote. Although not present on the splash screen provided above, it’s one of the most welcomed changes. The incoming call alert notification doesn’t take up the entire screen anymore, but slides-in nicely from the top of the screen, similar to a banner notification. This way you won’t miss anything until you decide to take or decline the call. Fact: The new iOS 14 call UI works both for cellular calls as well as FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype and other VoIP calls!
iOS 14 Hidden Features
This is an open list. iOS 14 beta testing is ongoing and new features are discovered daily and added to the following list. You can also use the comments section available at the end of this article and share a new feature.
1. Name Bluetooth Devices
In iOS 14 you can rename the Bluetooth devices that are paired to your iPhone in order to avoid confusion. Third party devices can have awkwardly similar names. Now, you can easily get rid of confusions as soon as you connect your iPhone or iPad to the specific Bluetooth loudspeaker, keyboard or any other similar device. A tutorial that explains step-by-step how to use this hidden feature is available here.
2. Emoji Search
In iOS 14 you’re finally able to search for an emoji, instead of swiping through numerous colums and straining your eyes in the process. Apple has imported the emoji search bar from macOS and you can now used it on any compatible iPhone. The feature is enabled by default, as long as the emoji keyboard is active on your iOS device. The emoji search bar is displayed right below the Messages app scrubber. All that you have to do is tap the search field and type the name or action of the emoji that you’re looking for. Emoji search suggestions are also provided to help you out. All the details of this iOS 14 new feature are available here.
3. New Notifications
iOS 14 brings a series of handy notifications for the accessories that are paired with your iPhone. One of them is the alert for a fully charged Apple Watch. This way you know right away when you can get your watchOS device from the charger. The Low Power notification for AirPods is also helpful. It let’s you know when it’s time to charger your wireless earphones. These notifications slide in as banners from the top of the screen when the iPhone is unlocked, or display on the Lock Screen if they’re generated when your iOS 14 isn’t active.
3. Sound Recognition Accessibility Feature
Our iOS 14 new features roundup continues with a very important addition. Sound Recognition allows your device to listens for specific sounds and issue alerts whenever they occur. This is a great aid for people with hearing problems but not only. There are 14 predefined sounds to choose from, including: doorbell, siren, baby crying, water running and more. Setup the feature by selecting which sounds your iPhone should listen for. A Sound Recognition on/off switch can also be added to the Control Center. This and much more can be read in our complete tutorial.
4. Captions To Photos
In iOS 14 you can finally add captions to images available in the Photos app. The new labels will sync across all your devices, as long as the iCloud Photo Library, is enabled on your other Apple devices. Captions allow you to find a picture easier, because it integrates with the Photos search option. How To: add a caption to a photo you only have to open Photos, browse to the image in question and swipe-up to unveil the ‘Add a Caption’ feature.
5. New Status Bar Indicators
iOS 14 hints you whenever an app is using your iPhone’s microphone or camera. A new dot-indicator is displayed in the status bar (on the right side of the notch), just above the carrier signal. If the indicator is orange it means that the microphone is used. A green color dot signals the the iPhone camera is active. You can check which app is using them by swiping for the Control Center. The name of the app is displayed at the top of the Control Center card.
6. AirPods Optimized Battery Charging
One of the iOS 14 new features that could pass by unnoticed is its ability to smart charge the AirPods. Optimized Battery Charging was introduced to the iPhone in iOS 13, and more recently to macOS Catalina. The feature extends to Apple’s wireless EarPhones. iOS 14 is able to learn your AirPods charging routine and start to reduce battery ageing, by charging the earphones to 80% and completing the full charge only when it anticipates that you will need them.
7. Return To Home In Settings
In iOS 14 you can long-press the Back button in the Settings app to return straight back to the home screen, instead of browsing back through each sub-menu branch.
8. Local Network Privacy
In iOS 14, apps need to ask and get your permission to be able to access devices from your local network.
9. Select Photos Privacy Feature
Now you can allow apps access only to a few photos from your library instead of granting access to your entire collection. The setting is called Select Photos
10. Approximate Location for Apps
Another privacy related feature allows you to share only your approximate location with apps that require your location. The feature is called Precise Location.
11. Back Tap iPhone For Quick Actions
One of the most popular hidden iOS 14 feature is called Back Tap. You can find it in the Accessibility section of the Settings menu. Asign predefined quick actions for your iPhone in case you back tap your device twice or three times. 12. Mirror Front Camera
13. Quick Take Video Feature
iOS 14 extends the Quick Take video feature to the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.
Which are your favorite iOS 14 new features? Let us know in the comments section available below.