6 iOS 14 options to attempt as quickly as you put in Apple’s replace in your iPhone


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


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After putting in iOS 14 in your iPhone ($699 at Amazon), you might ask your self, the place do I even start? Properly, you are in for a deal with. Apple’s replace comprises a bevy of latest options that may change the best way you utilize your cellphone — for the higher. In some ways, that is Apple’s most concerned visible face raise in years. 

From an Android-like app drawer to iMessage enhancements and widgets in your dwelling display, there’s rather a lot to begin utilizing instantly. 

If you have not up to date but, take a while to get your iPhone prepared earlier than you set up the iOS replace. Beneath you may discover six of my favourite options and find out how 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 once 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 bunch convo needs to be so simple as typing the @ image adopted by their identify 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 via the lengthy checklist of contacts and group conversations to seek out your favourite contacts. That is particularly helpful when you’ve got a go-to group, like a household chat or good friend chat you speak in every single day, or should you’re planning a longer-term occasion like a bunch watch celebration.

How: You possibly can pin a contact or dialog to the highest of your dialog checklist by swiping to the correct 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 a substitute of getting to make use of Google’s Translate app in your iPhone, iOS 14 has a baked-in Translate app that may will let you convert textual content and even maintain conversations with somebody who solely speaks a unique language. You possibly can translate English, Mandarin Chinese language, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Portuguese and Russian.

How: You might have two choices when you open the app. You possibly can sort the phrase or phrase you need translated, or faucet on the icon of a microphone on the backside of the display to make use of voice-to-text. When you’re performed, the app will translate what you mentioned into your language of alternative. That is particularly helpful should you’re asking somebody a fast query or need to hear the pronunciation as properly.

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

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Overlook Google Translate, Apple now has its personal app. 


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4. A extra organized dwelling display with App Library

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

What: App Library is a brand new display that lives simply to the correct of your final dwelling display. It autoarranges all of the apps in your cellphone in folders primarily based 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 dwelling display function that permits you to cover pages of apps that you just occasionally use.

How: Use App Library once you need to open an app that is not displayed on one in every of your own home screens. To get to it, swipe from proper to left to go previous the ultimate dwelling display. Both use the mechanically organized folders to seek out the app icon you need, or use the search bar on the prime of the display to seek out the app by identify should you’re unsure the place it is positioned. Alternatively, on the prime of the App Library display you may discover two folders: Ideas and Not too long ago Added. Each will mechanically replace and alter which apps are in both folder primarily based on how typically you utilize an app and what you’ve got just lately put in. 

This is extra info on find out how to cover dwelling display pages to make the App Library simpler to entry.

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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 dwelling

You now not should be envious of your Android-using mates — the iPhone can now have widgets on the house display. That is proper.

What: As a substitute of Widgets being restricted to the At the moment View that lives off to the left aspect of your own home display, now you can add widgets on to your show, with a number of sizes as an possibility. There’s even a Sensible Stack widget that may present you info from a number of apps when it thinks you want it. For instance, it could possibly present you the climate widget adopted by your calendar widget once you get up within the morning.

How: You possibly can view your widgets in At the moment View the best way you at all times have, off to the left aspect of your fundamental dwelling display, or you possibly can drag and drop a widget from the At the moment View to your own home display. Alternatively, when enhancing your app format, you possibly can faucet on the plus signal within the top-left nook of the display, carry up the widget gallery and see which widgets you possibly can add to your gadget.

Widgets could be pinned to your own home display and resized to your liking.


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

The iPad ($284 at Again Market) has been capable of play a video in picture-in-picture mode for just a few years now, and Image in Image is lastly coming to the iPhone.

What: Image in Image creates a thumbnail picture of a video that continues to play even once you’re on one other app or display. It’s going to seem once you need to change gears to make use of a unique a part of the cellphone 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, the video will proceed to play, simply in a smaller window. You possibly can drag PiP across the display, alter its measurement by pinching and zooming and even briefly cover it off the sting of the display. Once you’re performed, 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 different apps. Huzzah!

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You possibly can preserve a FaceTime dialog stepping into iOS 14 whereas your schedule, or every other iPhone display.


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