iOS14

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


Apple has announced that the official versions of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 will be released on September 16.

It's basically the same as the public beta that was available to Apple Beta Software Program registrants, but it also includes features that weren't yet implemented, such as Spatial Audio on AirPods Pro and AirPods low battery notification.

Here's a quick rundown of what's new in each OS

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The redesigned home screen and the App Library

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The home screen, the face and the main interface of iPhone, has been redesigned. The widgets have been redesigned to give you more information at a glance, and you can choose from a variety of sizes and positions on the screen.

Also, the App Library has been added at the end of the home screen. All your apps are automatically sorted into categories, and the ones you use most are just one tap away.

Picture in Picture

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You can now watch a video or continue a FaceTime call in picture-in-picture while using another app. The PIP window can be easily dragged and resized with your finger, pause and played back, and you can also go back to the source app in full screen.

Messages

You can now lock up to 9 of your most important chats for quick checking. It's also easier for individuals to interact with each other in group chats, with in-line replies that directly answer specific messages in group chats and the ability to type a name to clearly indicate the person you want to message in a conversation with a large number of people.

Translate

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The newly added Translate app assists in conversations between different languages in a natural and private way, with support for 11 languages including Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, English (US and UK), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Turn your iPhone sideways and tap the microphone button in the middle of the screen to speak, and your words will be translated in real-time. The translated text is displayed and can also be played back as audio. It also works completely offline, so you don't need to be connected to the Internet to keep your translation private.

Spatial Audio on AirPods Pro

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New Spatial Audio features allow AirPods Pro to deliver a cinema-like experience wherever you go, from 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound to advanced object-based stereophonic Dolby Atmos. With the addition of dynamic head tracking, which detects even head orientation, when you turn your head or move your device, you'll hear sound from the right place - if the screen is on the left, the sound is on the left.

Automatic Device Switching and Battery Notifications

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AirPods will be able to automatically and seamlessly switch between Apple products tied to iCloud. For example, after listening to music on your iPhone, simply start watching a movie on your iPad and the AirPods connection will automatically switch from iPhone to iPad. Also, if your AirPods need to be charged, your iPhone will now notify you.

App Clips

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An App Clip is a compact version of a part of an app; when you scan a QR code or NFC, you can download only certain features, not the entire app, and use it quickly when you need it.

For example, it means you can rent bicycles, pay for parking, and order food by simply holding your iPhone over an NFC or QR code. If you log in with an app that supports "Sign in with Apple," it's easy to make payments with Apple Pay within the app.

Enhanced privacy

Until iOS 13, there were two options to "allow" or "don't allow" location information to be provided on a per-app basis, but iOS 14 will add a third option, "Share only approximate location".

Apps that continuously track your location will show a button in the notification requesting you to stop getting it, and for camera and voice recording, you'll see an indicator that visualizes "which apps are using the camera/microphone".

It was also planned that explicit permission would be required to track users across different websites and apps, but this has been delayed until early 2021 for various reasons.

CarKey

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You can now use your iPhone as a car key. You can register your car key to the Wallet app and unlock the car and start it with the iPhone. Easily share keys with friends and family using the Messages app, and you can limit or cancel the sharing on a temporary basis.

The company says that not only convenience but also security surpasses physical keys. For example, if you lose your iPhone or Apple Watch with your data registered, you can still disable it via iCloud.

The Default web browser and email app can now be changed

Finally, you can change the default web browser and mail app on your iPhone and iPad. You can set third-party apps, such as Google Chrome, as the default app throughout the system.

iPadOS 14

Scribble

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Scribble is a new feature for the Apple Pencil that allows you to handwrite directly into any text field in the iPad app. Your writing is automatically converted to text, so you can write messages or search in a web browser without letting go of your pen and keeping your work flowing. The feature works in English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, and mixed Chinese and English.

Just rub to erase to rewrite, or circle to select a word to easily copy or move. When you copy and paste your handwriting into another app, it will be converted into text.

Draw a line to make a straight line, polygons and arcs are also automatically formed, and when you are done drawing, they are instantly transformed into the ideal shape.

Augmented reality

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With the LiDAR scanner (3D sensor) and ARKit4 in the iPad Pro (2020), the AR platform gets even better.

Other features shared with iOS 14 include a redesigned widget feature, improved messaging and Siri enhancements, and the ability to change the default web browser and mail app.

We plan to tell you about both iOS and iPad OS 14 when they are officially released.


This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.