In this post, we will talk about the main hidden features of iOS 14
At the WWDC online event, Apple officially unveiled the latest iOS 14 operating system. The new version of iOS is full of useful additions such as the App Library, a redesigned home screen with widgets, Apple Maps improvements, privacy controls, and more. In this post, we will talk about the main hidden features of iOS 14. At first glance, these improvements may not seem like a big deal, but we will prove that they are not.
Pinning other messages in iMessage
iOS 14 lets you pin your important conversations on top. Swipe right on the conversation and select the "Pin" option. This makes sense for a single conversation, but what if you want to pin/unpin multiple conversations at once? To do this, you can click on the menu above and select the "Edit Pin" option. This will allow you to quickly pin/unpin multiple dialogs.
Filters in messages
The new Filters menu in Messages automatically organizes messages based on known senders, unknown senders, promotions, transactions, and spam. We saw a similar implementation on the Android side. It’s great to see Apple taking steps to clean up inboxes. This feature is only available in India.
Sleep mode in iOS 13 has now been replaced by the new sleep mode in iOS 14. You can set a sleep goal in the Health app and it will turn on Do Not Disturb for the set amount of time. Sleep mode can simplify your lock screen during your scheduled sleep. You can enable/disable sleep mode from the Control Center.
Wind Down is associated with sleep mode. This will reduce distractions and help you unwind before bed. You can set the Wind Down time before going into sleep mode.
New Siri Automation for Charging and Low Power Mode
In iOS 14, Siri Shortcuts has received some welcome changes. Now you can set up automation when the device is charging or in low power mode. For example, you can set Siri to turn off DND, Bluetooth, dim brightness, turn off location, and more when the iPhone goes into low power mode.
iCloud Keychain iOS 14 now warns users of data breaches and potential password leaks. It will display the account and provide you with a link to change your password on the site. Apple calls it Security Best Practices and is part of the iCloud Keychain.
Front camera mirror
iOS 14 now lets you take mirrored selfies. What you see is what you get from the front camera. This is disabled by default. You can turn on the options by going to the settings app on your iPhone. Scroll down to the camera and turn on the "Mirror Front Camera" option.
Smart Widget Stack
The functionality of the widget is not limited to the main screen and resizing. You can place a stack of widgets on your home screen. Depending on the time and day, iOS 14 will switch between widgets for you. For example, it will display a Maps widget in the morning, a calendar at noon, and a Health widget at night. Smart Stack saves space on your home screen. You can also swipe up and down the stack to view added widgets.
Add App to Library
In iOS 14, when you try to uninstall an app, the system will prompt you to add the app to the App Library menu. This way, you can remove an app from the home screen, but it will remain on the device in the app library.
New user interface for adding time and date
Apple has updated the user interface for changing the time and date throughout the operating system, now it is in the style of bubbles.
Notify me in messages
When you turn on "Notify me" in Messages settings, iPhone will send you notifications when someone mentions you in a group chat.
Double tap on the back
It’s really cool. With iOS 14, you can now double or triple tap on the back of your iPhone to quickly access the Home screen, App Switcher, Notification Center, Siri, take a screenshot, and more. It’s hidden inside the "Settings" > "Accessibility" > "Touch" > "Back Tap menu". The good news is that reverse tap even works if your iPhone has a case. In this screenshot, I have set the screenshot on double tap on the back.
Group addon for FaceTime
This is part of the accessibility improvements. FaceTime can now recognize when someone is using sign language and make them visible in a group call.
Bluetooth device connection notification
This is a welcome change. iOS 14 now shows a small banner notification at the top when Bluetooth devices are connected. There is no need to go back to Control Center to find out which device is connected via Bluetooth.
An indicator when an app is using the camera or microphone in the background
With iOS 14, Apple is doubling down on privacy. The system will show a small green dot next to the Wi-Fi icon when an app is using the device’s camera. You will see an orange dot in the same place when the app is using the microphone in the background.
How to know when an app is using the camera
The beta version of iOS 14 introduced a microphone and camera activity indicator in the form of small orange and green dots at the top of the screen.
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In iOS 14, if you’re deep in the navigation stack and want to jump back quickly, you can hold the back button to bring up the history stack. This can be useful when you’re deep in the Settings app and want to return to the main home page with a single click.
Change video format in camera app
For years, users have been asking Apple to let them change video resolution and format from the camera app. Apple has finally listened to them. You can now change the video resolution and format from the video UI in the Camera app. Just click on the video format and frame rate in the top right corner to cycle through the available options.
The option was already available on iPhone 11 devices running iOS 13.3, but now with iOS 14, Apple is adding it to all iPhones.
Sip an incoming call to hide it
iOS 14 added support for a new caller interface as a banner notification. You can swipe it to the side and the OS will place a small banner in the top left corner. The gesture will not reject the call, for this you will need to click on the "End" button in the banner notification.
AirPods Charging Reminder
iOS 14 will send you a notification as a reminder to charge your AirPods. It’s a neat addition that brings more value to iPhone users with AirPods.
Safari privacy report
In iOS 14, when you visit a website and click on the font menu in the address bar, it will display the Tracking Report option. The report displays known trackers that have been prevented, websites that have contacted the trackers, and more.
Exact switch location
In iOS 14, certain apps may ask you for your precise location. The option is automatically enabled for apps like Uber and food ordering apps like Swiggy and Uber Eats. If you disable this option, apps will only be able to access your approximate location.
Notification when an app or widget reads your clipboard data
iOS 14 will display a banner notification at the top when an app or widget reads your clipboard data. For example, if you copy text from Notes and open the Google Chrome app, a notification appears saying "Chrome pasted from Notes" The notification disappears after a few seconds. By the way, many applications, including TikTok, have been caught spying on users through the clipboard .
iOS 14 will be a great update for iPhone users. An official update to the general public will be available later this year, but you can download the beta on your device for free right now.