iOS 14 Highlight From WWDC 2020
- By Mehak Khurana
At WWDC 2020, Apple introduced iOS 14, which they set for release this year in September.
Tim Cook, the CEO, announced iOS 14, the latest version of iOS, on the first day of the WWDC 2020 event. Apple unveiled numerous exciting and surprising features and functions that are focused on enhancing the user experience. With the introduction of widgets on the home screen, a new app library, and the ability to run app clips, it makes iOS 14 to be the most user-friendly version.
The update includes user-friendly features and refined existing apps like Notes, Home, Weather, Reminders, and much more.
At WWDC 2020, the new features that will prove to make iOS more user-favorite in the upcoming days are:-
Redesigned Home Screen- Widget and App Library
For the first time, developers at Apple redesigned the home screen. The widget can change automatically with the smart stack feature based on time, location, and activity. The widget comes in multiple sizes and can be put anywhere on the home screen.
The second significant change with the home screen is the introduction of the app library. The app library feature will showcase all the app into one simple, easy to navigate, views based on the most used apps.
With picture in picture mode feature, users are allowed to do multitasking. While streaming video in the background, users can perform other tasks, too, with their iOS device.
Apple redesigned Siri with a completely new look that lets the user get things done quickly or get some information without losing your context.
Siri becomes smarter and can answer a vast range of questions by using information from across the web. Users can now also send audio messages with Siri.
Apple added a new feature to iOS 14 that let the users take advantage of some app features by installing a demo version of an app. With this version, the user can try out the app before the actual installation. The user can try out the demo by just scanning the NFC/QR code. From renting a scooter to buying a coffee cup, you can do all these things by just scanning NFC/QR codes without downloading the full version of an app.
Talking of the Messages app, users can pin up the important messages/conversations above other message threads.
Apple added an @mention feature for group conversation to get an instant notification when they are tagged. Users can reply to a specific message in a chat with a new inline replies feature.
There's a massive revamp of the CarPlay feature. Users can now set wallpapers, and it supports a new app for EV Charging, parking, and quick food ordering.
Digital Car Keys
With the increasing demand for smart cars, Apple introduced Digital Car keys that can unlock or start the vehicle with a touch on your iOS device. This feature is only accessible for the U1 chip installed iOS devices. iOS users can also share their car keys with their friends and family through messages and can be disabled via iCloud if required.
Other Crucial iOS 14 Announcements
● Apple is bringing Face ID and Touch ID to the web with Safari 14 to offer more web privacy security login.
● Goodbye Intel! Apple is soon going to launch its ARM-based microprocessor for its devices.
● To overcome privacy issues, Apple introducing the 'Hey' email app.
Rest of the Features
● Incoming calls will be available at the top of the screen as a small banner. Easy to dismiss the phone call!
● Siri doesn't take over the entire screen anymore.
● Switching Airpods between your iPhone, Mac, etc. is now a piece of cake.
● You can watch videos and use other apps at the same time.
● Cycling directions in Apple Maps using bike lanes, roads, and paths.
● HomeKit compatible security cameras can now recognize faces based on photos and tags.
● Unlock your car using NFC
● Choosing a different web browser and emailing client as default apps is now possible with iOS 14.
A parting thought
The Cupertino tech giant introduces countless beneficial features for tech lovers and iOS users. The announcements and revelations are giving enhanced experience through the beta iOS 14 developer version. The anticipated release of the stable version of iOS 14 is this fall. Stay tuned and hang onto your hat for its stable public release.