New Features with Apple iOS 14

Apple users have probably noticed a significant software update waiting to download. iOS 14 has been causing a lot of chatter lately due to the size of the update. Whether you have done the update or not, here is a little about what iOS 14 has to offer. 

  • The iPhone has a new Accessibility feature called Back Tap, where you tap on your phone's back as a shortcut to a task. Go to Settings>Accessibility>Touch>Back Tap to see a list of actions to pick from like a screenshot, scroll up or down, mute, lock screen, and more. You can select an action for two and three taps.
  • Tagging people in a group iMessage conversation is also a new addition. This option will help get a particular person's attention when texting to a larger number of people. To tag someone, type the @ and then a name. You can also add an in-line reply by long-pressing on a message and taping Reply. Then type your message.
  • Another texting time saver is pinning contacts/conversations to the top of your messages. If you have a person or people you text regularly, swipe right on the conversation and pin them to the top of your message list. Their picture or initials will be in a bubble on the top for easy access. The iPhone will let you pin up to nine conversations to the top. 
  • Apple now has a Translate app. Instead of using Google, you can translate English, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Portuguese, and Russian. It works by typing a word into the app or using the microphone to speak into the app. You will get the correct spelling as well as how to pronounce it. 
  • Your iPhone will now have an App Library to the right of your last home screen. Your apps will be organized in folders so you can easily search for the one you need. The App Library's purpose is to help find apps installed on your iPhone. A bonus in the App Library is folders for suggested apps, which are your most frequent and recently added.
  • The widget page has been updated. To view, swipe right from your home page.
  • The iPhone will now have Picture In Picture (PIP) mode. The iPad has had this option for a while, but it is now available for the iPhone. When watching a video, swipe up from the bottom of the screen, and the video will shrink down to a thumbnail. You can move the little thumbnail around once it shrinks. To adjust the size, pinch and unpinch with your fingers. PIP is handy when watching a video and doing other things on your phone. Currently, only a few video apps allow this on the iPhone app (example: Apple TV), but more should be coming soon.

The items talked about here are primarily available on your iPhone, although a couple of them might be available on the iPad as well. To look at all the changes and enhancements iOS 14 brings, please visit https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-14/features/

To see if you have a system update waiting, go to Settings>General>Software Update. This screen will tell you whether your phone is up-to-date or give you info about the waiting update. There is an option to Customize Automatic Updates, so you don't have to worry about updates in the future. If you want your device to update before it automatically does, tap Download and Install. It is best to have your device plugged in when updating.

To all the iPhone users, I hope you enjoy the iOS 14 update!

- Holly Stormo, The Marketeer