- Apple’s iOS 14 beta is packed with new features for iPhone. In fact, there are hundreds of new features in iOS 14 and you can read them all here.
- While iOS 14 is indeed a huge upgrade, there are a few features like widgets and Apple’s new compact user interface that are getting the most attention right now.
- Here, we’ll cover 5 new, lesser-known iPhone features that you’ll love that are lurking in iOS 14.
Apple’s new iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 software are packed with new features. The company covered all the big ones when it unveiled its next-gen mobile platforms last month during its WWDC 2020 virtual showcase, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. There are literally hundreds of new features and updates to old features in iOS 14, and it would take hours to read them all. In addition, Apple is still reserving a few new special features until September in order to avoid giving away any new details regarding its next-generation iPhone lineup, which in this case is the upcoming iPhone 12 series.
iOS 14 is loaded with new features galore – check out our list of all new iOS 14 features – but a few big-name features have definitely stolen the show. Support for Home screen widgets is probably the most talked about new detail, and Apple’s new compact UI features that keep things like call notifications and Siri in the spotlight. The gap is also generating a lot of buzz. And let’s not forget all the new Messages features, the Cards feature, the app library, the Translate app, and more. But iOS 14 is so much more than the features that are buzzing right now. In fact, some of the coolest and most useful new features are lurking just out of sight in iOS 14. Here, we’re going to go over 5 especially cool features that won’t be immediately obvious when you fire up iOS 14 for the first time. on your iPhone. .
Add captions to photos
It’s an awesome new feature that a lot of people have been waiting for. In the Photos app, tap any image, and then swipe up on the screen. You can add a caption that will help you remember details that you might have forgotten otherwise.
Do you find yourself reusing the same handful of emojis over and over again? Are you tired of millennials and tweens laughing at you? The good news is that you don’t have to be ashamed anymore. Quickly find any emoji you are looking for with the new emoji search feature in iOS 14. Whenever you open the emoji keyboard in any app, you will see the new search box above the emojis .
Back support gestures
This might be my new favorite feature in iOS 14, and it’s buried deep in the Settings app, so most people probably won’t even find it. In Settings, go to Accessibility> Touch> Touch back and you can configure iOS 14 to perform an action when you quickly double or triple tap on the back of your iPhone. You can keep it simple like we did above, or you can use custom accessibility shortcuts if you want to get fancy.
Keep apps off your home screens
Apple’s new “Application Library” is the equivalent of Android’s application drawer and application grid for all smartphone operating systems prior to Android. In a nutshell, it’s a repository for all your apps so you can declutter your home screens and reserve that space only for apps that are used regularly. To keep new apps you install out of your default home screens, go to Settings> Home screen and check the “App library only” option.
Show traffic camera warnings in Maps
One of the best things about Waze is the fact that it alerts you to things like police in the area and traffic cameras taking your photo if you are driving at high speed or trying to catch a light while driving. ‘it turns yellow. But when it comes to the actual navigation features, Waze isn’t that great. Starting with iOS 14, traffic camera warnings appear in the Apple Maps UI, as you can see in the above screenshot which was shared recently by a Reddit user.