Apple is all set to bring its iOS 14 to the masses sometime in September or October. As we saw in the demo given during WWDC 2020 conference last month, the new mobile software comes with several new features and such much-anticipated ones as well. Since it will be rolling out soon to more iPhone users around the world, there are some iOS 14 features that will likely bring a change in how you operate your iPhone daily.
App Clips to text them
One of the most important features of iOS 14 is App Clips. As you may have guessed from the name, this suggests an easier way to access an app’s features without having to go through the usual process. App Clips pop up for tasks like renting a scooter, buying a coffee, or filling a parking meter. You can scan the App Clip code, or use NFC tags and QR codes to discover App Clips. It will work with businesses that integrate their services with App Clips.
Widgets are finally here!
The most apparent change will probably be the widgets in iOS 14. The new widgets show more information about the app. It can also be dragged and pinned in different sizes on the home screen. Users can also create a “Smart Stack” of widgets which will be recommended based on the time, location and activity. These widgets can also be customised for different purposes like work, travel, and sports.
Set third-party apps as default
Several iPhone users must be happy with this feature as it now lets you set a third-party app as a default app for email and browser. This means you can set Gmail or Chrome your defaults whenever composing a mail or opening any URL. Until now, it was limited to Apple’s Mail and Safari apps.
Major upgrades in Apple Messages
iOS 14 brings conversation pinning to the Messages app. It’s also adding mentions and inline replies to group chats. And as expected, Memoji gets a bunch of new hairstyles, headwear and even masks!
Safari tells you about cross-site trackers
Safari is getting a major boost in the security and transparency department. It Safari Privacy Report can now tell you what all cross-site trackers have the browser blocked. Until now, when you opened a website, it was not known from what all websites did the ping go through.