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6 best iOS 14 features: Try these on your iPhone as soon as you upgrade

We’re already discovering iOS 14 options we completely love. 


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Now that iOS 14 has been out for a couple weeks, you would possibly really feel assured you’ve got discovered all of its new options. It is completely potential you may have, however then once more, there are a whole lot of delicate tweaks within the replace that are not at all times apparent. Apple’s newest software program model for iPhone accommodates a bevy of recent options that may change the way in which you employ your telephone — for the higher. In some ways, iOS 14 is Apple’s most concerned visible face-lift in years. 

From iMessage enhancements and a helpful Android-like app drawer to widgets for your home screen, there’s lots you can begin utilizing instantly. 

If you have not up to date but, take some time to get your iPhone ready earlier than you install the iOS update. Under you may discover six of my favourite options and how you can get began with them on iOS 14

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1. Tag somebody in a textual content dialog

Apple’s updates to its Messages app primarily targeted on group iMessage conversations.

What: Now you can tag somebody in a dialog while you wish to get their consideration (helpful for giant teams), and immediately reply to a message, making a thread inside your dialog. That ought to get you a well timed response.

How: Tagging somebody in a gaggle convo needs to be so simple as typing the @ image adopted by their identify when within the chat. An in-line reply is finished by long-pressing on a message and deciding on Reply.

2. Pin a dialog to the highest of messages

What: Pinning a dialog to the highest of your Messages app means you do not have to scroll by way of the lengthy record of contacts and group conversations to search out your favourite contacts. That is particularly helpful you probably have a go-to group, like a household chat or buddy chat you speak in every single day, or for those who’re planning a longer-term occasion like a gaggle watch celebration.

How: You may pin a contact or dialog to the highest of your dialog record by swiping to the fitting throughout any thread.

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Pin your favourite contacts or conversations to the highest of your Messages app. 


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3. Apple now has its personal Translate app

What: As an alternative of getting to make use of Google’s Translate app in your iPhone, iOS 14 has a baked-in Translate app that may help you convert textual content and even maintain conversations with somebody who solely speaks a unique language. You may translate English, Mandarin Chinese language, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Portuguese and Russian.

How: You’ve gotten two choices when you open the app. You may kind the phrase or phrase you need translated, or faucet on the icon of a microphone on the backside of the display screen to make use of voice-to-text. When you’re carried out, the app will translate what you stated into your language of alternative. That is particularly helpful for those who’re asking somebody a fast query or wish to hear the pronunciation as properly.

To carry an ongoing dialog, flip the telephone to panorama mode and faucet on the identical mic icon — you do not have to press and maintain. 

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Neglect Google Translate, Apple now has its personal app. 


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4. A extra organized house display screen with App Library

Ever wished that your iPhone had an app drawer like Android? Nicely, now it does. It is referred to as App Library.

What: App Library is a brand new display screen that lives simply to the fitting of your final house display screen. It routinely arranges all of the apps in your telephone in folders based mostly on app class. The aim of this function is to make it straightforward so that you can discover all of the apps put in in your iPhone. It goes hand in hand with one other new house display screen function that allows you to cover pages of apps that you simply occasionally use.

How: Use App Library while you wish to open an app that is not displayed on considered one of your private home screens. To get to it, swipe from proper to left to go previous the ultimate house display screen. Both use the routinely organized folders to search out the app icon you need, or use the search bar on the prime of the display screen to search out the app by identify for those who’re unsure the place it is positioned. Alternatively, on the prime of the App Library display screen you may discover two folders: Options and Lately Added. Each will routinely replace and alter which apps are in both folder based mostly on how typically you employ an app and what you’ve got not too long ago put in. 

This is extra info on how you can hide home screen pages to make the App Library easier to access.

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Apple’s App Library is much like an app drawer, however with folders. 


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5. Widgets have a brand new look and a brand new house

You now not need to be envious of your Android-using buddies — the iPhone can now have widgets on the house display screen. That is proper.

What: As an alternative of Widgets being restricted to the Immediately View that lives off to the left aspect of your private home display screen, now you can add widgets on to your show, with a number of sizes as an choice. There’s even a Good Stack widget that may present you info from a number of apps when it thinks you want it. For instance, it may present you the climate widget adopted by your calendar widget while you get up within the morning.

How: You may view your widgets in Immediately View the way in which you at all times have, off to the left aspect of your principal house display screen, or you may drag and drop a widget from the Immediately View to your private home display screen. Alternatively, when enhancing your app format, you may faucet on the plus signal within the top-left nook of the display screen, convey up the widget gallery and see which widgets you may add to your machine.

Widgets might be pinned to your private home display screen and resized to your liking.


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6. Image in Image is a comfort device you may love

The iPad ($275 at Back Market) has been capable of play a video in picture-in-picture mode for a couple of years now, and Picture in Picture is finally coming to the iPhone.

What: Image in Image creates a thumbnail picture of a video that continues to play even while you’re on one other app or display screen. It will seem while you wish to change gears to make use of a unique a part of the telephone however you do not wish to cease the video.

How: Everytime you’re watching a video in a supported app, like Twitch, and swipe to return to the house display screen, the video will proceed to play, simply in a smaller window. You may drag PiP across the display screen, alter its measurement by pinching and zooming and even quickly cover it off the sting of the display screen. If you’re carried out, simply faucet the X to shut the video. Oh, and let’s not neglect — Image in Image additionally works with FaceTime video calls and these other apps. Huzzah!

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You may preserve a FaceTime dialog getting in iOS 14 whereas your schedule, or another iPhone display screen.


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