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    Apple iOS 14 cheat sheet: Everything you need to know

    Features and enhancements in iOS 14 embrace App Clips, Picture in Picture video mode, translation assist in Siri, widgets, and COVID-19 Exposure Notifications.

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    During Apple’s digital Worldwide Developer Conference 2020 (WWDC) on Monday, June 22, 2020, CEO Tim Cook and different Apple staff unveiled the corporate’s newest developer instruments and platforms enhancements. One of the most important bulletins was the 14th iteration of Apple’s cell working system for iOS units known as iOS 14. The first model of iOS 14, 14.0, was launched to most people on September 16, 2020. This iOS 14 cheat sheet particulars what builders and customers have to know in regards to the working system and covers the redesigned Home Screen, App Clips, Car Play options, and extra. This article can be up to date with the most recent details about iOS 14. SEE: Apple iOS 14: A cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic) What is iOS 14, and can it work on my system? iOS is Apple’s cell working system that runs on iPhone and iPod contact {hardware}. iOS 14 is the most recent iteration of the working system, and it’s able to working on most {hardware} that supported iOS 13, together with the next Apple units which might be obtainable on the time of this writing: iPhone 12iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 ProiPhone 12 Pro MaxiPhone 11iPhone 11 ProiPhone 11 Pro MaxiPhone XSiPhone XS MaxiPhone XRiPhone XiPhone 8iPhone 8 PlusiPhone 7iPhone 7 PlusiPhone 6siPhone 6s PlusiPhone SE (1st era)iPhone SE (2nd era)iPod contact (seventh era)Additional assets What are the important thing options of iOS 14?

    iOS 14 refines the person expertise in Apple’s cell working system, provides options to Siri, and makes Apps even simpler to seek out and use (even with out putting in them with App Clips). This is an inventory of the most important options in iOS 14 in addition to further smaller refinements and options. Better person expertise Among the important thing modifications in iOS 14 that target person expertise are Home Screen enhancements, higher Widgets within the Today View and the power to put them on the Home Screen, and the inclusion of Picture-in-Picture video mode on the iPhone for the primary time. SEE: Mobile system safety coverage (TechRepublic Premium) Home Screen On the Home Screen, many customers have pages of apps dedicated to apps which might be hardly ever used. In iOS 14, now you can simply cover pages of apps aside from ones that you simply explicitly wish to be seen. The new App Library function on the final web page of the Home Screen allows you to see your entire apps mechanically organized based mostly on class. Tapping right into a class folder of the App Library exhibits all of the apps contained in that class. The App Library additionally permits for looking to shortly launch an app from any class and exhibits recommended apps based mostly on utilization or ones which were not too long ago put in. The App Library encompasses a distinctive means to take a look at your entire apps by class and in a single place with search to immediately discover and launch an app in your system.
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    Widgets Widgets have lengthy been a function of the Today View on iOS, however Apple has revamped the way in which they feel and appear in iOS 14. Widgets at the moment are capable of be extra knowledge wealthy and could be sized in a different way and have a customized feel and appear for the app for which they’re designed. More importantly, now you can drag a widget from the Today View and drop it onto the Home Screen to arrange it alongside your apps. This will go a good distance in serving to customers make their Home Screens uniquely theirs. This function has been requested by iOS customers for years. Widgets could be dragged from the Today View and positioned inline with app icons on the Home Screen for the primary time in iOS 14.
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    Widgets additionally assist a Smart Stack function that may be scrolled on the Home Screen or within the Today View to focus on totally different widgets all through the day; for instance, the Calendar widget may seem within the Smart Stack every time an upcoming appointment is approaching. Picture-in-Picture The Picture in Picture (PIP) video mode that has been obtainable on iPad OS for years has now made its strategy to iPhone in iOS 14. Now you’ll be able to enter PIP mode on iPhone and depart the video participant app and proceed watching the video. You can resize the video participant PIP window or push it to the aspect to proceed listening to the audio and never view the video. FaceTime helps Picture-in-Picture mode, so you’ll be able to depart the app and proceed to see somebody in a floating FaceTime PIP window. SEE: Checklist: Managing and troubleshooting iOS units (TechRepublic Premium) Siri Apple introduced that Siri, the voice assistant on iOS, now processes over 25 billion requests per month–that is a staggering quantity. Apple is working to make Siri smarter in numerous methods. Compact design Siri’s compact mode makes it straightforward to make use of Siri unobtrusively from anyplace in your system.
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    A brand new compact design is out there throughout the entire Apple platforms. Siri now launches in a smaller bubble on the backside of the display as a substitute of taking over the total display; this implies now you can proceed to view the display whereas interacting with Siri, as a substitute of getting Siri take up the whole display, blocking your view. Smarter and with translation assist

    Apple introduced that it’s engaged on making Siri smarter and capable of course of much more forms of requests. With iOS 14, Siri now has the power to ship audio messages by way of iMessage and has additionally been upgraded to permit dictation processing on the system for higher privateness and management.  The Siri Translate app makes it straightforward to hold on a dialog with somebody talking a special language.
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    Apple added a dialog function to Siri by a brand new Translate app that permits you to translate a number of languages as you speak with somebody in a special language. This function additionally works on-device and would not depend on server-based relay, so you’ll be able to simply translate between languages whereas touring and not using a knowledge plan in your system. SEE: How to make use of the interpretation instruments in iOS 14 for simpler communication and web site translation (TechRepublic) Messages Messages, and notably the iMessage service, is a large advantage of being an Apple person. Apple is working to improve the Messages app throughout its platforms, and Messages will get an enormous bump in iOS 14. Conversations How many instances have you ever opened the Messages app and had been unable to seek out the dialog with a good friend or coworker you had been on the lookout for? With the brand new Pinning function, you’ll be able to swipe proper on a selected dialog to pin it to the highest of the Messages app. You can use this together with your closest contacts to make sure that you at all times can discover them to shortly create or reply to a message. You can pin as much as 9 conversations. Memoji Memoji has turn into extraordinarily standard amongst iOS customers, and now in iOS 14, you’ll be able to customise Memoji with over a trillion customization mixtures. Apple added extra age choices, face protecting choices, and new Memoji sticker choices. Groups Group messages within the Messages app has been utterly rethought in iOS 14 and now options in-line replies that permits you to reply to a message in a thread fashion show so you’ll be able to preserve monitor of a selected subject with out interrupting the whole group’s dialog. Mentions allow you to straight name out a person in a gaggle message; additionally, you could be notified solely once you’re straight talked about in a dialog so that you simply’re not pinged for each message on the group chat. Groups could be custom-made utilizing a gaggle picture or the group brand with an emoji. Maps Apple has been utilizing its personal maps since iOS 6, and this yr, the corporate is including extra options to the Maps app to make it probably the greatest experiences for customers on the platform. Finding nice locations Maps guides can be utilized to get suggestions for locations to go to or attempt for numerous locations in your subsequent journey.
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    Apple began including curation choices for Maps in iOS 13 with its Maps Collections function, and the corporate is taking it a step additional in iOS 14 by working with numerous prestigious manufacturers to create guides for cities or locations that you could observe to get suggestions for locations to go to.  Features for cyclists and house owners of electrical automobiles Maps now offers environmentally-friendly transportation choices like the power to get detailed biking instructions to and from a vacation spot in choose cities. This new biking course function offers customers entry to detailed details about bike lane entry on roads, paths with bike entry, and can embrace incline knowledge and if stairs or heavy visitors is perhaps encountered on the journey. This can be initially obtainable in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Beijing when iOS 14 launches. Another environmentally inexperienced function added to iOS 14 Maps is the power to get instructions routed for electrical automobiles. This will mechanically determine within the vary utilizing climate, elevation, and present cost to plan out charging stops alongside the route. It may even consider your explicit car to solely present stops which have appropriate chargers. CarPlay CarPlay is an iOS function that is vital to many customers, because it brings the iOS expertise into the car in a constructive means that permits for inter:motion with Siri and well-loved iOS options and apps. Apple’s CarPlay assist has been upgraded with a variety of new options in iOS 14, together with the power to set a customized wallpaper.
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    Apple said that CarPlay is out there in 80% of the automobiles presently bought. A brand new function obtainable in CarPlay is the power to assign new customized wallpapers to the Home Screen background and new app classes, together with apps that assist cell ordering in electrical automobiles. One of the most important function introduced for iOS 14 and CarPlay is the power to make use of your iPhone as a key for the car. Car Keys You can simply share Car Keys from the pockets app by way of iMessage and even set restrictions for the important thing.
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    Apple unveiled its new venture for CarPlay known as Car Keys. The 2021 BMW 5 sequence would be the first car supported, however extra automobiles can be coming later within the yr and subsequent yr. Keys are saved within the Secure Element in your iPhone (the identical chip that shops Apple Pay and biometric unlock knowledge), and you’ll remotely disable keys if you happen to lose your iPhone. You can even share keys by way of iMessage and allow options resembling restricted driving profiles for youngsters. Initially, this function will work with the NFC chip on the iPhone to permit unlocking when tapping the iPhone on the car, however later car assist will embrace the power to mechanically unlock the car when approaching and lock when strolling away utilizing the U1 low-powered wi-fi chip obtainable on most up-to-date iPhones. The better part is that you could nonetheless use this function for as much as 5 hours after your iPhone’s battery has died due to the Power Reserve function of iOS that was launched in iOS 13 for transit playing cards within the Wallet app. SEE: The most useful Apple merchandise for enterprise professionals (TechRepublic) App Store The App Store is now 12 years outdated and new options launched in iOS 14 will transform the way in which that apps are found, run, and put in with App Clips. App Clips App Clips are smaller variations of the total app that may be immediately downloaded and launched when the person faucets their system on an NFC faucet level or scans a QR code.
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    App Clips are small apps that may be immediately downloaded and run on the system with little person interplay. Simply faucet your system to an NFC faucet level or scan a QR code, and the app will launch in a card interface on the backside of the display. The app will allow you to do a selected job, resembling inserting a cell order; once you’re completed, it’ll disappear and never take up any area in your system. In the App Library, you’ll be able to simply obtain the total app from an App Clip if you happen to determine you’d prefer to preserve the total app in your system. App Clips can use Apple Pay for funds and benefit from “Sign in with Apple” for account creation.  App Clips could be launched from a web site, an iMessage, Maps, NFC tags, and QR codes. There’s additionally a brand new Apple-designed App Clip code that has each NFC and camera-based scanning performance that may be positioned at retail places or different areas to permit fast scanning to open the App Clip. Apps like Yelp can combine its personal tags utilizing App Clip codes that may be positioned at a number of companies or places. App Clips use the native iOS SDK and embrace a small function of the total app. The App Clips have to be 10MB or much less with the intention to be shortly downloaded to the system and launched shortly.  SEE: All of TechRepublic’s cheat sheets and good particular person’s guides COVID-19 Exposure Notifications Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple added an extra featureset to iOS 14 throughout the beta part known as Exposure Notifications. This function was additionally launched and made backwards appropriate with iOS 13 units with the iOS 13.5 replace. This function generates a random Bluetooth identifier that is not tied to your system and will get shared with in-range units when out in public (it may be shared with iOS and appropriate Android units by a partnership with Apple and Google). For a 14-day interval, your system’s Bluetooth identifier can be saved and related to these units you had been close to earlier than being deleted and your identifier renewed. If one particular person is discovered to be constructive for COVID-19, they may undergo the method of submitting their testing documentation by their native or nationwide well being division’s iOS app. When this occurs, system identifiers the person was in shut proximity with could be notified by iOS that they had been in touch with somebody who examined constructive and provide you with a warning to the precautions that have to be taken resembling getting examined and quarantining. All of that is dealt with with the privateness and safety protections that Apple is understood for and is disabled by default till a person permits it. This function can solely be enabled if the state, county, or locale has permitted Apple to allow this function. Learn extra by opening Settings | Exposure Notifications | How Exposure Notifications Work. You can even allow Exposure Notifications on this part if the federal government well being group permits it to be enabled in your location. SEE: COVID Vaccination Policy (TechRepublic Premium) More iOS 14 options and modifications The Compact UI of Siri has made its strategy to the incoming cellphone name UI and FaceTime UI. Incoming calls will use a brand new banner UI as a substitute of taking over the total display and interrupting your workflow.You can assign default apps in your internet browser and e-mail consumer. If you employ an app apart from Safari and Mail for internet looking and e-mail, your favourite apps could be launched of their place when tapping a hyperlink or e-mail tackle.Search has a fast launcher that may extra shortly open apps by typing simply the primary few characters of an app’s identify.Siri can reply questions that require an online search.Safari can translate complete webpages which might be in a special language than the iOS person’s default language.Safari will mechanically monitor your passwords and provide you with a warning if a password for a selected web site is concerned in a knowledge breach.AirPods could be extra seamlessly transitioned from one system to a different by mechanically switching to the system presently getting used.AirPods will mechanically notify you every time the battery is getting low by audio and push notifications in your linked system.iOS 14 encompasses a dot within the standing bar of your system every time the microphone or digital camera is in use by an app.You can select to solely share an approximate location with an app as a substitute of your particular location. This will permit your system to supply a bigger GPS space than your exact pinpoint location with apps that you do not belief together with your knowledge.Photo entry could be restricted with apps, and you’ll select to share a selected picture, album, or the whole library.When downloading an app, the App Store itemizing will present which permissions the app will request.App Store subscriptions can be utilized with the Family Sharing function if the developer permits one IAP Subscription buy to be shared amongst all members of the family.The Files app helps APFS-encrypted drive assist for linked drives or community storage drives.Notes options form recognition for drawing strains, arcs, and shapes, together with hearts, stars, and arrows. Pause barely on the finish, and your imperfect form snaps into an ideal one.The Weather app options next-hour precipitation, extreme climate alerts for supported areas, and multi-day precipitation forecasts. Main options of iOS 14.5 iOS 14.5: App Tracking Transparency Starting with iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5 and tvOS 14.5, Apple has added a brand new user-facing function known as App Tracking Transparency. This function prompts customers to comply with being tracked by apps that make the most of a token on iOS units known as the Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA). This is a randomized token that Apple generates on the system and permits app builders and web sites to trace you for the needs of promoting. It’s how one can seek for an merchandise on a web-based retailer, after which get served advertisements for that very same merchandise in Instagram or Twitter. This token is what permits for private advertisements.  SEE: iOS 14 app monitoring opt-ins could show larger than anticipated (TechRepublic) Apple has lengthy protected this token and ensured that solely apps that must be utilizing the token for the needs of promoting are literally utilizing it; nevertheless, this all modifications in iOS 14.5. With this replace, Apple is permitting the person to determine whether or not they want to permit apps to have entry to the token in any respect. When you launch an app that requests the IDFA token from iOS, you’ll obtain a privateness immediate just like once you’re prompted for digital camera or microphone entry.  When you choose Allow, the IDFA token can be handed over to the app, and the app will operate as earlier than, letting apps and companies monitor your IDFA token and share it for the needs of goal promoting. If you choose Ask App Not To Track, the IDFA won’t be handed over to the app, and it’ll not have the power to particularly goal you for advertisements. For most apps, this implies you’ll not see focused commercials and as a substitute see generalized advertisements. The App Tracking Transparency function in iOS 14.5 lets customers determine in the event that they wish to permit apps to trace them.
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    iOS 14.5: Siri Voice Changes  iOS 14.5 introduces new Siri voices which might be not mechanically chosen or named by their gender. Instead, voices could be chosen by Variety (which is the dialect location based mostly on supported nations) after which by the Voice.   For the American number of voices, there at the moment are 4 voices that may be chosen: voices 1 by 4. When organising an iOS system for the primary time, you may be prompted to pick one in all these voices for Siri to make use of. In addition, you’ll be able to re-select a voice at any time by following these steps. Open Settings. Tap Siri & Search after which Siri Voice. Select the Variety after which choose the Voice you want to use. The outdated Siri voices are nonetheless obtainable, however with iOS 14.5 there are new voices to select from based mostly on regionality and dialect. iOS 14.5: Mask Unlocking With iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4, Apple has launched a brand new strategy to unlock your iPhone when sporting a masks and likewise your Apple Watch. With the Unlock With Apple Watch function, iOS will detect if you happen to’re sporting a masks; if you’re, it’ll see in case your Apple Watch is paired and unlocked, after which permit your iPhone to be unlocked with out the necessity to enter a passcode. This comfort function was born out of the COVID-era as a result of Face ID couldn’t be used to unlock your system in public when sporting a masks.  iOS 14.5: AirTag At its April 20, 2021 occasion, Apple launched AirTag, which integrates with the Find My app on iOS units to allow you to simply monitor misplaced objects. AirTag is a small, battery-powered system that implements a U1 chip to let the Find My app monitor the placement of the tag utilizing a personal community that permits passerby’s iPhones to report the placement anonymously. AirTag would require iOS 14.5 as the bottom model of iOS to work.  iOS 14.5: Podcasts  iOS 14.5 introduces a brand new, redesigned model of Podcasts that features the power to subscribe to paid podcasts. The app additionally provides a brand new interface that options huge paintings and the power to view comparable podcasts when in a playlist fashion view. Additional assets What is the discharge historical past of iOS 14? June 2020: Apple releases iOS 14.0 beta to builders and has a staggered beta launch schedule by September 2020 for beta releases.July 2020: Apple releases iOS 14.0 beta to Apple Seed beta customers.September 15, 2020: Apple releases iOS 14.0 GM to builders and pronounces it’ll now settle for iOS 14 app updates from builders.September 16, 2020: Apple releases iOS 14.0 to most people and pronounces that it is going to be pre-installed on all new units going ahead.October 20, 2020: Apple releases iOS 14.1, which was the preliminary launch for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. It was up to date to incorporate pinned conversations in Messages, Memoji enhancements, biking instructions and App Clip updates. November 5, 2020: Apple releases iOS 14.2, which added Shazam integration in Control Center, revamped media controls, face detection within the accessibility Magnifier app, 100 new emoji and eight new wallpapers that featured dynamic darkish and lightweight mode assist. December 14, 2020: Apple launched iOS 14.3, which added Apple Fitness+ to the Fitness app, a brand new UI for the Apple TV app and assist for Apple ProRAW picture format for the iPhone 12 Pro fashions. January 26, 2021: Apple launched iOS 14.4, which introduced the power for small QR codes to be acknowledged by the Camera app, and the choice to categorise Bluetooth units within the Settings for proper identification for headphones and audio notifications.  March 8, 2021: Apple launched 14.4.1, which was an vital safety replace that fastened a problem that would trigger arbitrary code execution or reminiscence corruption. March 26, 2021: Apple launched iOS 14.4.2, which included further safety patches for the cell working system. April 26, 2021: Apple launched iOS 14.5, which added many new options, together with UI modifications for the Podcasts app, a brand new interface for typing and sending messages with Siri, assist for Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5 controllers, assist for masks unlock with Apple Watch, new Software Update UI in Settings, App Tracking Transparency Privacy, new Siri Voices and Dual-SIM 5G assist.SEE: iOS 15: The high 3 options Apple ought to embrace (TechRepublic) How can I obtain and set up iOS 14?To obtain iOS 14 on any appropriate system, carry out the next steps. Open Settings. Select General | Software Update.  Tap Download And Install and comply with the Terms & Conditions  Your system will need to have not less than 50% cost with the intention to set up on battery; nevertheless, it’s at all times greatest to put in the replace whereas linked to a charger to make sure that the battery cost is maintained all through the set up course of. Additional assets

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