6 New features you may not be aware of for iOS 14
The all-new iOS 14 is now available on all Apple smartphones from iPhone 6 up to the latest iPhone 12. This includes iPhone 6, 6s, 7, 8, X, XR, XS, XS Max, 11, 12 and all of their varying models such as Plus, Pro and Pro Max.
We spoke about how easy it is to upgrade your Apple operating system in our article when iOS 14 came out. We have had a few months to play around with the latest updates and have uncovered a few features you may find of interest.
1. Re-ordering your iOS 14 App Library
One of the most notable changes is the App library. This does its best to sort your iPhone’s content into organised folders. These folders sort by the most used and is always trying it’s best to display a useful number of Applications.
If you are used to your applications being listed in alphabetical order and find that the easiest way to locate the application you need, you can sort them that way.
By swiping up in the App Library your applications will appear in list form. What’s more, a search bar appears at the top to quickly isolate the app you need via its name.
2. Stop Apps being added to you Home Screen
By default your iPhone will add any downloaded applications to the home screen. This can quickly ruin your organisation and flood your screen with applications you only wanted to use sparingly.
The App Library is great for storing those apps you don’t use all the time.
If you’d rather your applications went straight to the App Library instead, go to Settings > Home Screen and then choose ‘App Library Only’ under the ‘newly downloaded apps’ section.
From here on out, all of your new applications can be found in the App Library.
3. Add widgets to your Home Screen in iOS 14
There is new system for widgets, which allows you to add and organise them on your home screen.
By long pressing at the edge of your home screen, all of your apps will shake. In the upper left corner of the screen a plus icon will appear.
You can either add a recommended widget or scroll down a little further to choose one from the list.
In addition, you can choose to add a smart stack. A smart stack is a collection of multiple widgets based off your most used applications, such as music, weather or your preferred web browser.
By swiping over it will show you useful information. This is probably a good starting point to start learning about the usefulness of this service, give it a go.
Once you have mastered this, you can make a custom smart stack by sliding widgets over each other, creating a truly customizable experience.
4. Activating Back Tap
We have spoken about back tap previously in our article about how to take a screen shot with various iPhone models.
This option is only available if you have an iPhone 8 or higher due to the hardware needed. However, if you have a newer iPhone, you can activate a hidden button stored under the Apple logo on your back glass.
Navigate to: Settings > Accessibility > Touch. Located at the bottom of the page is the option to set up Back Tap.
You can choose to have this activated by a double or triple tap – what this button does is entirely your choice. You can have it so it turns on the light, activates the mute function, act as a home button, or in this case, take a screenshot.
Once this is set up, if you double or triple tap – depending on your preference – the Apple logo on the back of the device will now take a screenshot. However, this doesn’t work if the phone is inside a case or if you have damage to the back glass.
This function is very useful if you have managed to damage one of the other hard buttons on your iPhone. The Back Tap can act as a replacement until you can get a repair.
For example, on the iPhone 8 Plus it can be used as a replacement home button. This is useful if you have damaged or broken it and don’t like the on-screen virtual home button option.
5. Extra Camera Controls in iOS 14
When you launch the camera application the choices available to you are very basic. However, there are ways you can change a few extra settings without purchasing a pro camera application.
If you are holding the phone vertically, swipe up on the camera on the shooting mode row. If holding it horizontal, swipe left.
This brings up flash controls, live photos, changes in aspect ratios, brightness and timers.
Using these controls you can shoot professional photos and videos without shelling out for a pro application.
6. Fake Eye Contact in FaceTime
One of the stranger options available in iOS 14 is the addition of virtual eye contact in FaceTime calls.
Head to Settings > FaceTime > Eye Contact. From here, you can toggle on a setting that “Establishes natural eye contact while on FaceTime”.
This will make it so that as long as you don’t look too far off to the side, it will still seem like you are looking straight at the camera. This can be a little strange and it can struggle to perform this function if the user is wearing glasses. However, this mode can make you seem much more attentive in your FaceTime business or personal calls.
New iOS 14 features overall
These are just some of the more useful, unusual and not so frequently documented features we have found for the new iOS 14.
If you are having issues updating your iPhone to the latest version, book your handset in for a software update in-store today. If you are unsure about which iPhone you have our guide will help you.
We offer this service for all iPhones that can take the new iOS 14 from the iPhone 6 all the way up to the latest iPhone 12.
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