Apple iOS 14 Features, What are the Benefits and How are the Updates for Beginner iPhone Users?

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On June 23, 2020 yesterday, through virtually the developer conference Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2020, Apple’s latest iPhone operating system, iOS 14, was successfully released by Apple. iOS 14 comes with many improvements than before, iOS 13.

This event is held for the first time via virtual. None other than the reason, because the Covid-19 pandemic is still happening. Thus, activities that should have been carried out face-to-face, now everything must be carried out virtually. Then, what are the latest Apple iOS 14 features ?

Apple iOS 14 Features

Latest Apple iOS 14 Features

The iOS increase to 14, of course, there are also improvements in the features presented. Here are some of the newest iOS 14 features quoted from Phone Arena.

  1. Home Screen iOS 14 So

Far, Apple is considered conservative on the home screen. This time, through a new approach, brought many changes including in the customization features that only existed for Android in the previous year.

  • App Library 

app library is a new interface for organizing iPhone apps into groups. It features similar to the Android app drawer which allows users to hide apps from the main home screen.

There are additional features in the App library , namely, the division of application categories such as social, entertainment, games, or others based on usage patterns. Also, it is equipped with a search feature which looks like a list. So that it makes it easier for users to find applications that have been installed quickly.

  • Widget Widget

Feature has been present on Google Android since 2008. However, it was only developed in iOS 14 in 2020. To find it is easy, you only need to swipe the home screen to the left.

Widgets are designed to be more functional than before. The design is rearranged precisely based on the user’s location and is shown on the home screen with more words. Users can customize and organize them on the home screen. Meanwhile, the app icon automatically makes room for the widget.

For its size, the iOS 14 widget consists of three sizes, namely, small, medium, and large. In addition, the presence of Smart Stack — an “empty” widget on the home screen allows users to place any widget in it. Everything can be adjusted automatically according to usage patterns or time.

  1. Picture-in-picture (PiP)

This Feature picture-in-picture is the convenience offered by Apple so that users can do many activities at the same time. In the past, picture-in-picture was already on Android, but only on the iPad.

For example, you can watch or listen to videos along with other interactions such as replying to messages, browsing search engines (web), writing emails, and others. With a note, the video being played will not have a view full, but will shrink and can be dragged on the iPhone screen.

  1. Siri Smarter

Siri is designed to be more concise, that is, it doesn’t take up the full screen every time you use it. Likewise, when you open the app, Siri appears in a small bubble at the bottom, doing what is asked without closing the entire screen.

This design update led Siri to process an average of 25 billion requests per month and is more integrated with the iOS 14 experience. For example, you can ask Siri to send an audio message and Al’s assistant will record the message instantly. Meanwhile, a small Siri bubble will appear at the top of the screen along with the recording controls.

On the other hand, if you don’t feel like typing, the same voice recognition as Siri comes with an keyboard Apple that supports dictation. This process can also be run offline.

  1. Messages 

iMessage comes with more group chat options and improved conversation controls. Users can choose which messages to respond to immediately or not. Users can pin important messages at the top of the list so that their messages are not lost or the term is now buried by a new message.

Also prompt group chats to which you can respond directly. In addition, there is the latest Memoji, namely, there are more than 20 hairstyles along with new headdresses, masks (face covers), and more age options than before.

  1. Translate

Apple translate is more varied, that is, not just a simple translator to translate words in a particular language. But it is more capable of being used to translate in real time all conversations, both live and conversations offline.

The Apple translate feature is equipped with a technology neural engine and machine learning that allows users to translate text as well as voice that can be combined with eleven languages. Currently only support for English, French, German, Mandarin, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Arabic, Korean, Russian and Portuguese. Which in the future will be developed gradually. Instead of iOS 13, it is only able to translate chats into eight languages ​​in real-time. 

  1. Maps 

Apple Maps launched in the US with a richer display of detail and better navigation, for example, the existence of landmarks and walking paths. With iOS 14 comes cycling navigation within Apple Maps. Although it is still present in only a few cities, five cities to be precise, namely, New York, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Beijing and Shanghai. However, in the future it will be further developed.

In addition, Apple Maps is useful for electric car owners to track weather factors as well as direct them to the nearest charging place (station). So, it can be detected automatically.

  1. App Clips

App Clips is a snippet feature that lets users do things like scan codes, make payments online, or buy goods. This feature is small and easy to find, for example on the App Library and other support sites.

Clips app comes with NCF and QR Code. So, for example, when you pay for parking by scanning an NFC code, a screenshot of Apple Pay will appear on the user’s iPhone screen to pay for it without having to install the application or register it first.

The code in App Clips can be shared via iMessages and thebrowser Safariand is compatible with Apple Pay. Meanwhile, in 2016, Google launched Instant Apps by offering a similar advantage, namely, being able to make transactions without downloading the application, just by sharing a URL code.

  1. Wind Down Mode

Wind down mode is a feature that functions to help users when they are getting ready for sleep. Using wind down mode, users can set sleep and wake schedules, as well as install ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode.

On Android, this kind of feature already exists. However, on iOS 14 there are advantages, namely, the option of meditation or relaxing music.

  1. Private WiFi Address

In the update, you can take advantage of Wifi network settings and ensure that Private WiFi is enabled. With Private Address enabled, it can help prevent iPhone tracking on various WiFi networks.

  1. Able to Hide Photos

This ability is very supportive if there is a photo or video album that no one else wants to know. You can save it using hidden options.

Of all the latest iOS 14 features, some of them are designed to be similar to Android. As with the first, widgets. Widgets in Apple are designed like Android, that is, they can be customized. Second, the App Library. The App Library on Apple is similar to the App drawer on Android. Third, the hidden view for Siri, as well as themode Picture-in-Picture which you can see all of them on Android.

Which iOS 14 Features For iPhone?

There are several iOS 14 compatible devices. A complete list of devices that have iOS 14 update support, including:

  • iP 6s
  • iP 6s Plus
  • iP 7
  • iP7 Plus
  • iP 8
  • iP 8 Plus
  • iP 11
  • iP 11 Pro
  • iP 11 Pro Max
  • iP XS
  • iP XS Max
  • iP XR
  • iP X
  • iP SE
  • iP SE (2020)
  • iPod touch 7th generation

How to Update iOS 14, especially on the iPhone 6s and aboveThis launch coincides with the launch for the Apple iPad tablet. Well, here are some steps you need to know when it will be downloaded at once enabled to update IOS 14.

  1. ViaUpdate OTA

OTA Update is the way updates directly through the device. The process, users only need a stable and fast WiFI network.

  • Enter the menu settings > then, click ‘General’
  • Select ‘Software update’ at the top
  • Select ‘Download and install.
  • Wait until the process is complete.

The advantage of Via OTA is that it is more practical, only downloads the documents that are really needed. The downside, the download process can fail due to unstable internet network problems. So, have to start over from the beginning.

During the update, you may not be able to use the device for a while. About 15 minutes, you can use it. Meanwhile, if you haven’t gotten the update notification, let’s say your iPhone hasn’t received it yet. There is no need to worry, because if your iPhone is already 6s and above, in the near future the update will return.

  1. Update Via iTunes

iTunes will help users update via computer. In this way, even if you don’t have a WiFi network, users can still update, because they use the Ethernet cable on the computer.

  • Make sure that the computer is connected to the internet
  • on a Mac or PC computer, download and install iTunes
  • Open Finder on macOS Catalina or iTunes> choose which device you want to update
  • Select settings or general in iTunes> select ‘Check for update’
  • Select download> install
  • If the Passcode Lock notification appears, enter the Passcode Lock.

For the two methods above, updating using iTunes will have a larger size than using OTA Update. This is because, when updating on iTunes, it requires the use of firmware (IPSW document). IPSW documents must be owned in full for each type of device that is compatible with iOS version 14.

IPSW is a file format that is useful for installing firmware on an iPad or iPhone device. The advantage is that users can download IPSW just once and the IPSW can be used to update several devices of the same type. For example, if you have 3 iPhone 11, then the process update can be done only with the same IPSW document that has been installed.

This IPSW can also be shared with friends with the same type of device. So they don’t have to download IPSW again.

Well, that’s a discussion about Apple iOS 14 features, what are the benefits of updating to iOS 14, the latest iOS, and how the update process for the latest iPhone users you need to know. Hopefully this important information can be a reference for you to keep updating to the latest version and provide benefits for the long term.

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