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“Reshaping the iPhone experience” is Apple’s understanding and definition of the new iOS 14 system this year.

Since WWDC released the first developer preview, we have been constantly receiving update reminders throughout the summer. After all the calls came out, after 3 months of waiting, the full iOS 14 was finally ushered in.

From UI design to system functions and application layers, iOS 14 has huge changes that are different from iOS 13. For this reason, we have compiled 30 useful new features of iOS 14. You might as well follow the article to find out.

1. Home screen widgets: make the desktop more personalized

How to make the mobile desktop more personalized? The normal operation is to change the wallpaper and arrange app icons, but now you can also update to iOS 14 and create widgets.

The widgets can be placed anywhere on the desktop, which helps to view information at a glance, and is suitable for tracking commute, fitness records, calendar events or news reports.

The way to add is very simple. Long press the main screen and click the “+” in the upper left corner to select different types of widgets. Currently, most of them are system applications, such as photos, weather, clock, memos, to-dos, Screen usage time, etc.

Compared with the old Android desktop widgets, Apple obviously limits the size of iOS widgets. The system provides 2×2(small), 2×4(in) and 4×4(large) three sizes, the larger the ratio, the richer the information displayed. The rounded corner icons of the app that are squeezed out due to the addition of widgets will automatically move to the next screen.

If you think there are too many widgets on the desktop but you don’t use them frequently, try dragging one widget on top of another, creating a stack, and flipping up and down to view to make the most of the home screen Space.

It is worth mentioning that the smartly stacked widgets will make judgments based on factors such as time, place, and activity, and display the corresponding interface at the appropriate time.

In addition, in addition to placing the widget on the home screen, you can also place the widget in the “Today” view (which is what we often call a negative screen) .

Speaking of the “Today” view, it is inevitable that people want to compare the new widget with the original widget(Notification Center widget)What’s the difference. In fact, compared to the “practical” Widget, the widget is more like an information display window, or app launcher. Zhong Ying, the developer of “JSBox”, pointed out the three major flaws that he believes exist in widgets. “:

Weak interaction skills. After clicking the widget, it will jump directly to the app, so continuous tapping operations are not possible, such as calculator-like widgets cannot be implemented;

Unable to actively update data. Widgets are more inclined to display “static” information;

The page is less dynamic. Because the size style has been fixed, it is less flexible than Widget.

Even so, the advantages of widgets are still obvious. Not only do they occupy a more important and eye-catching position on the main screen, but the priority of the arrangement in the “Today” view is also higher than that of Widget.

As mentioned earlier, most of the small components are currently provided for system applications, and we hope that third parties can play tricks.

2. App resource library: The system automatically organizes apps for you

Swipe the main screen to the last page, and you will see a brand new space “App Resource Library” introduced by iOS 14, which is displayed in the form of folders, which can automatically classify and organize all applications intelligently, and the view is simple and beautiful.

“WeChat” is classified as social, “Taobao” is classified as shopping and food, only a few apps such as “Alipay” are not classified as efficiency and finance, most of the categories are within the scope of understanding, easy to find quickly access.

In addition to categorizing according to the characteristics of the product itself, the two folders in the first row of the “App Resource Library” will be updated in real time:

The “Recommendations” folder will recommend apps you may want to open based on signals such as time, location or activity;

The “Recently Added” folder will display the apps you downloaded recently or the most recently used App Clips (Apple Mini Program, will be discussed below) .

I have to mention the search function at the top of the “App Resource Library”, which not only supports searching for app names, but also displays all apps in alphabetical order, which helps to find them quickly.

Understanding the “App Resource Library” and widgets, you can make a major transformation to the desktop. As you can see, the following three clean-looking home screen screenshots have two things in common: the number of apps displayed is small, and the number of pages is small. (above the Dock bar) The white dots correspond to the page).

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▲The pictures are all from the “Now” app, the authors are Xiaoying, Ralen, and chinagn

This is because with the addition of “App Resource Library”, when long pressing to delete an app, the original menu text will be adjusted from “Remove from Home Screen” to “Move to App Resource Library” and “Delete App” Options. In other words, app icons that are used less frequently or that affect the look and feel, you can place them in the resource library instead of displaying them on the main screen.

If there are too many apps, it is too troublesome to move one by one. Long press the home screen and click the small white dot on the top of the Dock bar to hide a page directly, which also achieves the purpose of simplifying the home screen.

In addition, newly downloaded apps can also be directly added to the resource library after setting, and at the same time, the “App resource library” will not display the red dots and corner labels (ie “Notification mark”), essential for obsessive-compulsive disorder.

3. Compact user interface: no longer full screen when answering phone calls and outgoing Siri

When playing “Peace Elite” is shooting at the enemy, the call interface pops up suddenly-this kind of crazy scene will not appear after iOS 14.

After the system is updated, neither incoming calls nor incoming FaceTime calls will fill upThe entire screen is replaced by a top banner, so you don’t have to leave the things at hand.

What’s even better is that if you don’t want to answer or hang up, just swipe the banner up to ignore it. The other party is still dialing and you are not affected at all; if you want to answer, click the green answer Key, or swipe down on the banner to access all expanded phone functions.

The Siri callout page is also optimized. Say “Hey Siri”, or press and hold the lock screen button, you will no longer see the full-screen question window, instead a circular animation pops up at the bottom, and Siri’s replies are also presented in the form of bubbles.

Speaking of Siri, audio information has been enhanced in iOS 14: When you want to make your message more expressive, you can easily send audio messages with Siri.

For example, say to the iPhone: “Hey Siri, send a voice message to mom saying ‘I love you’.” The three words I love you will be voiced and sent to mom via iMessage.

4. Picture-in-picture: chat and watch dramas

The long-awaited “Picture in Picture” feature is officially launched in iOS 14, easyRealize watching videos while chatting on WeChat, watching videos while taking notes, watching videos while eating chicken.

This is a way of presenting video content. It can play videos on a large screen and occupy a small area. Previously, it was only unique to iPad.

The way to use it is very simple. Just look for the “Picture in Picture” button and you can turn on “Picture in Picture” playback in domestic apps such as Aifaner, Bilibili, Iqiyi, Youku, etc.

After turning on “Picture in Picture”, the small video window can be dragged to any position or hidden directly in the sidebar without interrupting the audio.

5. Tap the back of the iPhone: double-click to take a quick screenshot

Speaking of a few major features, let’s talk about the small feature “tap on the back” brought in iOS 14.

This feature is lightweight and fresh. Through settings, you can tap two or three custom shortcut commands on the back of the phone.

For example, open “Settings> Accessibility> Touch> Tap the back”, andModifying the “double tap” to “screenshot” can easily replace the physical key operation of “lock screen key + volume key”.

In addition to taking screenshots, there are options such as returning to the home screen, opening the control center, and locking the screen. The instructions are rich, and the click action can be recognized even when wearing the phone case.

6. The default browser can be changed: Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge are now online

When you receive a link in the text message and click on it, most Android phones will pop up options to let you select the browser app to open the corresponding content; in the same situation, the iPhone can only use Safari.

Previously, Apple did not allow users to use third-party services to replace the Safari browser. Even the desktop-leading Chrome cannot compete with pre-installed apps on iOS devices.

Fortunately, after upgrading to iOS 14, Apple made a “compromise”. At present, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge are known to be replaced by default browsers. Find the corresponding browser in “Settings” and you can see The option of “Default Browser App”.

It is reported that in a support document, Firefox stated that Firefox can be set as the default browser in the latest version of iOS 14, but iOS version Firefox 29 or higher is required. The version number of the latest version of Firefox that users can download through the App Store is only 28.1.

Of course, Apple still restricts the use of third-party browser kernels on the iOS platform, and the best browser currently on iOS is still Safari.

The problem of changing the default browser is solved, and WWDC mentioned that it will also launch the replacement of the default mail service and there is no relevant news.

7. Memo shape recognition: let you draw a perfect circle freehand

Draw a perfect circle freehand, without compasses and hard training, you can achieve it in the memo. In iOS 14, the shape recognition function was added to the memo. The new smart drawing tool allows you to draw lines, circles, squares, hearts, arrows and other graphics with your fingers.

Just don’t let go of your hand at the last stroke of the hand-drawn pattern, and the system will automatically help you correct it to a perfect effect.

8. Voice memo “Recording optimization”: automatically reduce background noise in recording

Because oftenFor interview tasks, the iOS recording tool “Voice Memo” is very popular among our editors.

The updated “Voice Memos” has two main highlights: one is that you can create custom folders so that you can easily organize recordings into different categories, such as personal memos, meetings, lectures, and music inspiration; second, it can effectively reduce Background noise and echo, automatically optimize the recording effect.

The “Recording Optimization” function performs very well, but the entrance will be a bit deeper:

When recording, zoom out and slide on the bottom page to zoom in, click the magic wand icon in the upper right corner;

For the completed recording, select the left swipe in the list, select “…> Edit recording”, and click the magic wand icon in the upper right corner.

9. Reminders support allocation: the division of labor is clearer

The iPhone’s own schedule management tool “Reminders” is getting better and better.

In iOS 14, you can assign reminders to members in the shared list, and the corresponding members will receive corresponding notifications, which is convenient for quickly splitting tasks and knowing the person in charge of the task.

10. Built-in “Translation” App: mutual translation in 11 languages

Apple has added a separate app “Translate” for iOS 14. Its function is basically similar to Google Translate, but the interface design will be more elegant. Translating texts, using the built-in dictionary to look up words is not a problem, and supports vertical and horizontal display, as well as saving translations and viewing recent history records.

Just tap the microphone button to start speaking, and the automatic language recognition function will convert the voice into text, display the original text and translation on both sides of the screen, and then play the translated audio.

The “Translation” app is suitable for translating between 11 languages ​​such as English, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese and Arabic.

11. Descriptions can be added to photos and videos: easy to find separately

Looking at the group photos of students, we often need to remember the past through the names recorded on the back of the photos.

Adding a description to a photo in iOS 14 will not only help you remember it, but also perform a quick search in the “Search” tab. After iCloud is enabled, subtitles can also be seamlessly synchronized on all devices.

12. The front camera can take mirrored photos: it becomes beautiful and beautiful

Why do selfies with iPhone always look “ugly”, far inferior to what you see in the mirror? Regardless of psychological factors, this is because our cognition of ourselves from childhood is through mirrors, and it is difficult to get used to selfies without mirrors.

The good news is that after updating iOS 14, select “Settings> Camera> Mirror Front Camera” in turn, and then you can take mirrored selfies; The bad news may be that it doesn’t seem to be practical for improving appearance Role.

13. “Indicator” features: more comprehensive privacy protection, effective anti-sneak shooting

iOS 14 has added an “indicator” feature-When any application has a camera or microphone enabled, you can see a flashing green dot at the top right corner of the screen, which is to remind users: Now there are applications using the camera.

At this time, pull down the notification bar and you will see the app that is currently using the camera or microphone. This prompt is very intuitive, and it is also an exposure to rogue applications.

14. New Wubi input method: Super stable and easy to use

After waiting for more than 10 years, Wubi users can finally use the native Wubi input method on iOS.

Unified style with other input methods, supports pinyin search, supports keyboard auto-transformation and predictive text, can slide to quickly enter special characters, and can use text replacement, which did not disappoint.

15. The emoji keyboard has a new search bar: emoji can also be searched

When you enter a commonly used word or phrase, such as “heart” or “laugh”, you can see the emoji symbols related to it in the candidate column.

16. Memoji upgrade: 11 new hairstyles, 19 new headwear, 3 new stickers

The new Memoji(simulate me label) adds more customizable details to the avatar, including masks, 11 new hairstyles, and 19 new Headgear, and 3 new Memoji sticker emoticons, you can send punch, shy or hug to your friendsHold emoji.

17. Message group avatar: iMessage can set a group avatar

Now, you can use photos, emoticons, or emojis for group chats in the messaging app to set a group profile picture shared with all group members.

18. Mention someone in a message group: iMessage group chat can also @人

iOS 14 can help you follow up important group messages more easily. Enter someone’s name or use the @ symbol to send a message directly to that person in a group chat. If you are afraid of being disturbed, you can also customize the group to accept notifications only when you are @.

19. Topic message dialogue: help you quickly check new messages

After the update, you can put up to 9 conversations on top and synchronize them in the messaging apps on iOS, iPadOS and macOS. If the top is a group chat, when there are unread messages, you will see up to three recent participants flashing around the top icon.

20. iMessage support quote: long press to reply to a specific message

Long press any bubble in iMessage to reply to the content.

21. New “Hearing” in the control center: real-time monitoring of the headset volume level

As early as iOS 13, we can already see information about “Hearing” (headphones) in the “Health” app . Today, Apple has enhanced this feature in iOS 14/iPadOS 14. Users can monitor the volume of the headset audio in the control center in real time.(loudness) size, and intuitively use decibels (dB) as The unit form is displayed on the screen.

When the earphone sound exceeds 80dB, the measurement icon will change from green to yellow. Apple said that it is a “normal” category in a volume environment of less than 80dB, and long-term exposure to sounds above this level may cause permanent hearing damage.

It is reported that this monitoring function will be applicable to most earphones, and Apple also stated that using AirPods series earphones or other certified earphones, the measurement results will be more accurate. To turn it on, you can find it in “Settings> Control Center> Hearing”.

22. “Health” records sleep status: better use with Apple Watch

Sleep tonight, how do you refuse the temptation of your mobile phone, go to bed at a point, and fall asleep on time? Get up tomorrow morning, what sleep data do you want to see?

In iOS 14, the “Health” app on iPhone can help you set your sleep duration goals, follow up your progress over a period of time, record your iPhone’s night use status, and your bedtime. If you have an Apple Watch, you can track time to fall asleep, time to wake up, and sleep volume per night.

23. “App Clips”: Apple’s version of “small programs” is here

When I saw this feature demonstration at the WWDC conference, it was inevitably reminiscent of the “small program” of WeChat. It’s not wrong to think this way. Besides, everyone’s core demands are the same. They all hope that “you can use the function of the app without downloading the app”, such as ordering takeaways, taxis, and receiving coupons.

Currently known App Clips(application snippets) open methods: use Apple’s built-in camera to scan the App Clips code, use iPhone to touch Touch a specific NFC tag, visit a specific website in Safari, etc.

Twenty-four. Apple “Map” is better to use: Add cycling route guidance and display camera location

Since the iOS 12 system, Apple has launched its own new version of the map in the United States, and iOS 14 has further updated the data, not only adding introductions to specific attractions and restaurants, but also map data covering more regions, city.

In addition, Apple Maps also introduced a travel mode that is more beneficial to users and the environment. For example, when you are riding a bicycle, you can switch to the cycling mode. At this time, the map will guide applicable bicycle lanes, cycling trails, and cycling roads, and help you understand steep slopes, stairs, and slope fluctuations.

The first cities to support this feature include New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, and China’sShanghai, Beijing and other places. More cities will be added in the coming months.

Apple also introduced a feature applicable to China at the WWDC conference. Users can enter their own license plate number into the map application, and the system will determine whether there is a “restricted” area that day.

25. Add a dark rainbow wallpaper

Previously, the rainbow wallpapers that came with the iOS system only supported the light mode. In iOS 14, Apple added dark mode support for these rainbow wallpapers. When the system switches between light/dark mode, the background of the wallpaper will also change accordingly.

26. AirPods Pro supports “spatial audio”

What is “spatial audio”? It is to accurately place the surround channels in the right position, even if you turn your head or move the device, there is no problem, thus bringing an immersive surround sound experience. To put it simply, you are watching a video, no matter how you turn your head, or even away from the phone, you will still feel that the sound is still coming from the direction of the phone, giving you an immersive feeling. This can be said to be the most convenient stereo solution.

If you have AirPods Pro, follow the instructions to update and open Tencent TVYou can experience the frequency of the “colorful audio-visual” function.

27. AirPods support “device automatic switching”

As the name suggests, AirPods that support automatic device switching can “automatically switch” between iPhone / iPad and Mac paired to the same iCloud account, making it easier for you to use Apple devices.

For example, if your AirPods are originally connected to an iPhone, when you open a video with iPad or Mac, AirPods will automatically switch from iPhone to iPad or Mac; and when you have WeChat voice or phone calls When you come in, AirPods will automatically switch back to your iPhone.

28. App Store can view private information

iOS 14 has made major changes to the tracking control mechanism of the app. The first is to require all apps to obtain consent before tracking you; at the same time, you can also check which apps have been authorized to track you on other companies’ apps and websites.

Twenty-nine. “Family” App adds adaptive lighting function

iOS 14 has added several new features to the “Home” app. Now when new smart home devices are added, the app will provide functional suggestions for automated scripts.

In addition, the family also introduced the “adaptive light adjustment” function, so that lighting equipment can automatically adjust the color temperature of the bulb according to the light and time period.

As for the camera device, it now also supports the “face recognition” function, as long as the camera or doorbell device detects a person, it will send a notification.

30. iPhone can be used as a car key

As early as iOS 13.4, Apple added a CarKey API that allows users to use iPhone or Apple Watch as a car key, and supports sharing with others.

This feature has been officially launched on iOS 14, and the operation process is the same as when we use NFC buses: the car will automatically unlock when the phone is attached; it is replaced with a device with a built-in U1 chip, even if the device is not taken out in the pocket, It can also open the door and start the car, and the car key can also be shared with others.

Currently, the first model to support this feature is the 2021 BMW 5 Series.

In general, iOS 14 is a major release that changes the core experience of the iPhone. Not only has it brought many new system features, but the native applications have also been greatly improved.

Whether it’s the small components on the home screen, the new organization method “App Resource Library”, and the new compact design, it is Apple’s rethinking of the utilization of the existing iPhone’s screen space; the information app enhances the relationship with family and friends The map app facilitates easy route planning, and privacy protection is reassuring. These reflect Apple’s humanistic care.

Finally, I would like to remind you that, to be on the safe side, it is best to back up before upgrading.

This article is from the official account: AppSo (ID: appsolution) , author: A-jun