iOS 14: Quick Review.

iOS 14: Quick Review.


iOS 14: Quick Review.


iOS 14: Quick Review.

Apple has finally released iOS 14, which it previewed at WWDC 2020 and finalized as a result of the developer and public beta versions that it released over the past summer months. With iOS 14, noticeable changes await iPhone owners. We encounter some tools and arrangements that we haven't seen much, especially in the home screen experience. Apart from this, there are various innovations in certain points of the operating system that will facilitate the users' work and enable them to get more efficiency on their devices. IOS 14 preview in early summer we had a quick glance at the innovations with its article and video. In this article, we will look at the main innovations that come with Apple's new mobile operating system version, and comment.

iOS 14: Quick Review.


Which phones will iOS 14 come to?

Apple keeps support for updates quite long. Starting with the iPhone 6s, released at the end of 2015, iOS 14 is being distributed to all phones. However, the features found vary from device to device:

iOS 14: Quick Review.


Home screen and widgets

We can easily say that one of the biggest innovations in iOS 14 is related to the Home screen. Although Apple has offered different possibilities on the iPhone's Home screen over the past 10 years, it has not allowed users to use application shortcuts together with toolkits as on Android phones. Toolkits still existed but were found in the Today panel on the far left of the main screen, and it was possible to take advantage of them by navigating from top to bottom in this section. With iOS 14, you now have the ability to use any toolkit and application shortcuts or folders together.

In this way, you can arrange the home screen panels according to your interests. Toolkits will also become more useful. Of course, with this innovation, the toolkits also differ in design and function. You can choose from small, medium, or large-sized sets and place them anywhere on the main screen. An application can also offer toolkits of different sizes.

In the section called Tool Sets gallery, you can select and drag the toolkit you want and place it on the main screen. To access the section in question, it is enough to come to edit the home screen and click the + icon in the upper left corner. Apple has made this area very useful, adding a search engine, you can easily find the toolkit of the application you want.

There is a toolkit called the Smart Stack and this toolkit deserves to settle on the home page at the very beginning. This toolkit, which uses on-device artificial intelligence, shows the toolkit that it thinks is the most accurate at the right time of the day. Indeed, depending on your daily activities and habits, you may find an accurate set of tools. For example, there are various things we do in the morning with my iPhone. When we look at the Smart Stack toolkit in the morning, Siri's proactive advice comes first and the functions we perform the most are recommended to us. Or it shows us the weather toolkit to let us know what the weather will be like later in the day. You can quickly switch between different teams by dragging them up and down in the Smart Stack.

Widgets like Apple's Weather, Clock, Calendar, Maps, Fitness, Photos, Music, Tips, Notes, and more have already adapted to this new layout with their new designs. As iOS 14 compatible application updates are released, we think that the applications you love will become available for use on the Home screen pages.

The home screen changes that come with iOS 14 are not limited to what we have explained above. Thanks to the section called Application Archive, a useful solution is offered for those who install a lot of applications on their iPhone but lose their order after a certain period of time. When you install iOS 14, you will see the Application Archive page at the end. Here, the apps and games you use frequently or recently installed, such as Suggestions, Recently Added, are shown first. Also, installed applications are categorized according to their categories in the App Store. So Apple automatically offers a nice layout for you. Moreover, the number of categories is not overdone. We have been using this layout for about three months and I can easily say that it makes our work easier as a host of many applications and games. The application archive can display installed applications in a list line by line. You can also easily find the application or game you want to open using the search engine at the top.

Thanks to the presence of the Application Archive, you can also get rid of unnecessary pages on your home screen. Apple now offers a section for the home screen of iPhones called Edit Pages. When you click on the dotted navigation bar at the bottom while editing the main screen, you will reach this section. Usually, it puts the applications you use the most at the top, so you don't get to the pages left behind. You can access a simpler home screen layout by removing these pages that you don't stop by. At the same time, you can access the Application Archive, which we find very useful, with less drag.

iOS 14: Quick Review.


Visual changes.

What has been done on the home screen side is the most important of the visual changes that come with iOS 14 and therefore deserves to be examined in a separate topic. Apart from this, some innovations will make the work of iPhone users easier.

When a phone or FaceTime call came in, it was demonstrated on the entire screen. This situation did not change even if you did not answer the incoming call. This situation caused the distraction you gave to the job you were currently dealing with. Now, when a phone or FaceTime call comes in, this is indicated by a small sign at the top of the screen. When you click it, the incoming call is displayed on the full screen. You can also use the answer or reject buttons directly on the sign. Thanks to this compact design, you will not be away from the open application, video, or game screen.

There is a similar design change for Siri. In previous versions, when you called Siri, the entire screen was opened and all attention was turned to this virtual assistant. With iOS 14, Siri also gets a more compact design. When you call out to turn on Siri or use the physical key, you will see an animation at the bottom edge of the screen. Siri's responses are displayed in a sign at the top of the screen, and the remaining application, home screen, or content continues to be displayed.

 Another important visual change that comes to iPhones with iOS 14 is the Picture in Picture feature. When you return to the home screen or open another application while watching a video or making a FaceTime call, this content or conversation continues to be active in a small window. You have the possibility to change the window size and location. This new feature will help those who make frequent FaceTime calls. Until now, when iPhone users switched to another application while making a FaceTime call, the image was paused on the opposite side. Now there is no interruption to the images thanks to the picture in the picture.

iOS 14: Quick Review.


Messages and Memoji

With the updates from previous versions, the Message application has become a tool to challenge WhatsApp and similar instant messaging applications among iPhone users. Now, Apple brings some of the features we see in those applications to the Messages application with iOS 14.

One of the most useful innovations is pinned conversations. You can pin your chats with people or groups you frequently meet at the top. These are shown at the top, with an enlarged profile photo of that person or group. A special photo can be assigned to groups. When a message arrives and you still don't see it, it's shown in a small speech bubble from your profile picture.

In group chats, sometimes you want to reply to one person. Some messaging apps use the @ sign for this. The same is offered for Messages, with a feature that we can now Turkishize as the Mentioned. Inline replies also, as a feature of replying, allows you to view all relevant replies to a particular message in its own view.

Memoji is also one of Apple's fun features, and we see that with iOS 14, innovations continue to be brought to it. In this way, you can create a visual character that reflects your own appearance and personality more comfortably. 11 new hairstyles and 19 new hats and headgear are added. There are also new age and new stickers by the way. We see three new gestures like fist cuffing, hugging, and embarrassment at the very beginning of the stickers. As a result, Memoji gets better at reflecting both your look and feel.

iOS 14: Quick Review.


Siri

We talked about the biggest change for Siri above. Visually, Siri offers a different experience. However, the scope of his answers to the questions is also expanding. Apple says Siri knows 20 times more than three years ago, thanks to its expanding information library. The actual situation points to this, and there is an expansion in the answers given to English queries. For example, Siri uninterruptedly answers questions about the religious holidays of the next few years. general information on any country you like with the opening of access to Wikipedia's productivity is increasing in response to the query. Wikipedia is one of Siri's biggest resources and it is used a lot in the answers given. Now, more about a person, subject, and event you are curious about,

Besides, a new gorgeous voice is added to Siri with iOS 14. Siri, which has only used a female voice until now, now offers a male voice among the options. Moreover, there are improvements in the female voice. After all, in both voices, you experience the feeling that there is a person in front of you more. You feel this not only in the tone and emphasis of the voice but also in the humane responses to some of your inquiries and calls.

There is also a translation feature that is new to Siri. Unfortunately, it doesn't support some languages, such as Turkish. Voice translation between commonly used languages, especially English, is offered via Siri. Also, a built-in Translation app is added with iOS 14. You can write a word or sentence on the screen, whether by entering text or speaking, and translate it quickly. Thanks to the large font, you can easily read what is written on the screen of your iPhone to the other person. We were able to fulfill the function of the built-in Translation app with Google Translate already, but it would be nice to have access to translation directly via Siri. We hope Apple adds all language support before long.

iOS 14: Quick Review.


 Search

One of the feet long. we use the most on the iPhone is the search engine. When we want to open an app or game, we prefer to drag our finger down on the home screen to open the search engine and type a few letters here, instead of searching for its shortcut in the UI. iOS 14 offers several innovations that will make this practical feature more useful.

Now, when you type even a single letter into the search engine, content from different applications and sections is sorted from top to bottom. Various suggestions are shown from sections such as contacts, bookmarks from Safari, apps, reminders, FaceTime, phone. Going even further, it shows various search suggestions that change as you type, just like the suggestions in Google's search engine.

The search suggestions above are especially useful when you want to search the web. As a matter of fact, if you want to search for something on your iPhone, you don't need to open Safari and go to Google. Because when you start typing the keyword or term you are looking for directly from the Search section, web search suggestions are displayed. When you click on any suggestion, Google search result opens in Safari. A small but useful innovation.
iOS 14: Quick Review.


 Safari and Privacy

Speaking of Safari, let's continue from here. One of the most important innovations that Apple emphasizes in Safari is what is offered on the performance side. He states that thanks to the faster JavaScript engine, web pages will be processed faster and will be ready for browsing. Anyway, Safari was the main web browser I used on iPhone and it was fast enough. Although the difference in speed does not seem very noticeable, I have to state that I did not experience any performance problems during the time I used iOS 14.

Website translations are also among the innovations of Safari. However, this feature will be very useful for the user who does not have the support for any language. However, if you know English and would like to use English to understand websites in other supported languages, you can use this web page translation feature.

Apple's Privacy One of the issues that matter the most, and even in the USA in the latest iPhone ad impressions entering emphasizes it. There are also some Privacy related innovations in Safari. Thanks to the section called Privacy Report, you can see the list of all cross-site blockers blocked by Smart Tracking Prevention while any web page is open. The password monitoring feature checks whether the passwords you store in the iCloud Keychain are included in any data leakage and displays this in a report. This second part in particular looks pretty useful and will prompt you to change your passwords.

There are other noteworthy innovations on the privacy side with iOS 14. Recently, concerns have been raised about whether an app is using the front or rear camera or microphone without permission. Apple is bringing the feature called record indicator as a remedy to this. At the top of the screen, right above the cellular connection icon, you will be able to understand that any application is accessing these units thanks to the green or orange-colored dot.

Another important privacy feature is the ability to paste from the copy board, which caused quite a bit of controversy over the past summer. Now you can add a text, image, etc. from any application to another application. When you paste content, you can see where you are pasting it, thanks to a small sign at the top of the screen. Maybe this feature doesn't make much difference in terms of user experience, but I find it notable for giving insight into how apps work in the background.

iOS 14: Quick Review.


 Camera and FaceTime

In the iOS 14 preliminary review we previously performed, we said that the exposure compensation setting came into the Camera application. This control is especially useful when shooting in low light. Apple further enhances this feature to keep exposure compensation locked for a specific camera use. On the iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro models, a guide that will help you to keep the device steady while shooting in night mode is one of the remarkable innovations in the Camera application.

Apple states that the performance of the Camera application has been improved. The camera application was already working well on the iPhones I have used until now and I did not have much troubleshooting. but when I try it on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, I see that there is no stuttering or lag when shooting repeatedly.

There is also a noticeable change for those who take selfies frequently. When you switch to the front camera, you will see your image reflected in the mirror. In fact, this is done deliberately, so it will be easier for you to organize yourself before shooting. In the photo shoot, the photo is taken from the opposite side and the photo is taken exactly as others see you. Now, Apple has added the Mirror Front Camera option to its Camera settings, allowing your selfie photos to be taken as images reflected from the mirror. This way, your selfies won't feel strange.

There is also a small but noteworthy innovation on the video side. It is possible to shoot at different resolutions and frame rates on the iPhone, but to adjust these options, it is necessary to enter the Camera section from Settings every time. With iOS 14, a control is placed in the upper left corner in Video mode. With this control, you can quickly change the resolution and frame rate. Frequent video shooters will appreciate this change.

We mentioned above that in the visual changes section, a new view has been introduced for displaying FaceTime calls. There is also an important innovation that will take the FaceTime experience up. Resolution is now up to 1080p on iPhone X and newer devices. In an environment where video calls are made frequently, many iPhone users will appreciate the increase in image quality. By the way, Apple also offers its long-tested artificial intelligence-supported eye contact feature with iOS 14. I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but this feature will help you make eye contact with the other party while making a FaceTime call. Normally we look at the screen while on a conversation, but where we should actually look is the camera. This situation creates the impression that we are not looking at the opposite side.

iOS 14: Quick Review.


Other.

Apart from some important changes and innovations that I have listed in the main headings above, there are also remarkable innovations and differences under different applications. It would be appropriate to summarize them under this heading:

With iOS 13, the Year, Month, Day and All Photos view came to the Photos application. In these views, it is possible to change the view by pinching or opening two fingers and to see more photos at the same time. Now we see that this feature can also be used in albums under the Albums tab.

When you open any note in the Notes application and click the three dots icon in the upper right corner; You'll see common controls like Scan, Pin, Lock, and Erase displayed with large icons and easy to use. When you search, you will see the most relevant results first.

There is a brand new app shortcut in red for the music app. A new tab called Listen Now is added, offering recommendations for your favorite tracks, artists, playlists, and mixologists. On the other hand, changes have been made in the order of the other tabs. The search section has also been enriched, with the opportunity to browse through categories of different music genres.

You can set the default internet browser or email app to be something other than Apple's Safari or Mail, such as Chrome, Edge, Gmail, Outlook. To do this, you must open the settings for the third-party application in the Settings application. You will see the corresponding setting.

There is also a small but important change for those who frequently watch videos on YouTube. Until now, video resolution on iPhones was limited to 1080p. One of the reasons for this was that Apple did not support the VP9 encoder YouTube uses for 4K videos. We don't know what has changed in the background, but Apple supports the playback of YouTube's 4K videos in its new version software. When we open 4K videos on iPhone 11 Pro Max, we see that we can choose the maximum resolution.

Are there any iOS 14 innovations that we haven't included here, that you find interesting? You can share them with us in the comments field below.

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