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6 iOS 14 features iPhone users can’t get enough of

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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 have discovered all of its new options. It is solely attainable you could have, however then once more, there are loads of refined tweaks within the replace that are not all the time apparent. Apple’s newest software program model for iPhone accommodates a bevy of recent options that may change the way in which you utilize 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 useful Android-like app drawer to widgets for your home screen, there’s rather a lot you can begin utilizing straight away. 

If you have not up to date but, take some time to get your iPhone ready earlier than you install the iOS update. Beneath you may discover six of my favourite options and the way to 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 centered on group iMessage conversations.

What: Now you can tag somebody in a dialog whenever you need to get their consideration (helpful for giant teams), and instantly 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 ought to be so simple as typing the @ image adopted by their title when within the chat. An in-line reply is completed 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 means of the lengthy listing of contacts and group conversations to seek out your favourite contacts. That is particularly helpful in case you have a go-to group, like a household chat or good friend chat you discuss in day-after-day, or in case you’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 listing by swiping to the appropriate 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 let you convert textual content and even maintain conversations with somebody who solely speaks a special language. You may translate English, Mandarin Chinese language, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Portuguese and Russian.

How: You could have 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 accomplished, the app will translate what you mentioned into your language of selection. That is particularly helpful in case you’re asking somebody a fast query or need 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 residence display screen with App Library

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

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

How: Use App Library whenever you need to open an app that is not displayed on considered one of your property screens. To get to it, swipe from proper to left to go previous the ultimate residence display screen. Both use the routinely organized folders to seek out the app icon you need, or use the search bar on the high of the display screen to seek out the app by title in case you’re undecided the place it is positioned. Alternatively, on the high of the App Library display screen you may discover two folders: Ideas and Just lately Added. Each will routinely replace and regulate which apps are in both folder based mostly on how usually you utilize an app and what you have not too long ago put in. 

This is extra data on the way to 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 residence

You now not must 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 Right now View that lives off to the left facet of your property display screen, now you can add widgets on to your show, with a number of sizes as an choice. There’s even a Sensible Stack widget that may present you data from a number of apps when it thinks you want it. For instance, it may well present you the climate widget adopted by your calendar widget whenever you get up within the morning.

How: You may view your widgets in Right now View the way in which you all the time have, off to the left facet of your important residence display screen, or you may drag and drop a widget from the Right now View to your property display screen. Alternatively, when enhancing your app structure, you may faucet on the plus signal within the top-left nook of the display screen, deliver up the widget gallery and see which widgets you may add to your gadget.

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


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

The iPad ($271 at Back Market) has been in a position to play a video in picture-in-picture mode for just a few 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 whenever you’re on one other app or display screen. It’s going to seem whenever you need to swap gears to make use of a special a part of the telephone however you do not need 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, regulate its dimension by pinching and zooming and even quickly cover it off the sting of the display screen. Once you’re accomplished, simply faucet the X to shut the video. Oh, and let’s not overlook — 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 taking a look at your schedule, or some other iPhone display screen.


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