Apple is introducing a new iOS update mid September. The update, iOS 14, brings new changes and tools to the iPhone that promote multitasking.
The new software announcement was broadcasted and live streamed at Apple’s campus, with CEO Tim Cook delivering the announcement.
“You’re able to do more with your iPhone than ever before. So iOS 14 reimagines the most iconic parts of the experience to be even more helpful and personal,” according to Apple.
This update is one of the most packed Apple has released, with numerous features iPhone users have never seen before. The main features include widgets, updates to iMessage, and several more that promote iPhone multitasking. According to Apple Newsroom, the widgets are “beautifully designed,” so users can expect greatness on the front of design.
The update launched as a beta in July and is available for public download between Sept. 14 and Sept. 18.
Users in the past complained about features such as the phone and Siri consuming the whole screen. This new update will offer a solution where one can multitask, receive calls and use Siri at the same time.
The app library feature allows users to organize their apps by category or color. This will increase productivity and phone organization. Big group messages also have something exciting in store. In chats, you can specifically respond to one member, or tag the member your message is directed toward.
Along with these productivity shortcuts, privacy features are also added, with the biggest being “app privacy,” which will reveal what personal information that an app will be using before it is run.
A feature missing from iPhones is an Apple based translator, requiring users to use Google Translate, SpanishDict or other translating softwares. Apple fills this gap by bringing their own translator to the table. Users can speak or type into a text box, and it will be translated into desired language in real time.
Everyone’s favorite virtual assistant, Siri, is getting a facelift. She/he will appear at the bottom of the screen while responses will be displayed at the top.
Apple also plans on releasing a new phone, coming on the arrival of the new update.
The iPhone 12 is likely to feature “a 5.4-inch OLED panel with rumored resolution of 2340×1080 and Young expects the display to feature Y-OCTA technology, which means that the touch sensor is integrated directly into the display,” according to tomsguide.com.
iPhone users will not have to purchase the costly iPhone 12 to experience the update. iPhones as old as 2016 and 2015 will have the capacity to run the update.
With the recent popularity of electric charging cars, Apple quickly accommodated with the addition of locations of electric charging stations in the maps app. Non-electric car users will still get a revamped maps experience with city congestion previews and traffic diagrams prior to city entrances.
Along with this update announcement, the company declared they are shying away from intel chips to offer higher performance on Apple computers.
While iPhone users did not request many of the changes, these new features increase productivity.