Finally, here are: the “essential” iPhone features of iOS 14

iOS 14 might not be the biggest iOS transformation we’ve seen, but some of its individual changes are really big, like the reworked home screen. With iOS 14, Apple finally offers several features that fans have requested before every WWDC since years.

Many of the things we asked for in our annual iOS wishlist have now come true. Last June I asked for the things below – which now, after years of nagging, are finally here.

A reworked home screen

Widgets in iOS often work quite well, but in iOS 13 and earlier, they’re locked in Today view on the left of the Home screen. With iOS 14, the Today view remains, but widgets can now also be placed on the Home screen.

This is arguably the biggest change Apple has made to the otherwise fairly rigid home screen and its regular rows of apps since the iPhone launched.

For several years we have been asking for widgets that can be placed anywhere, and now that is finally the case with iOS 14. The rows of app icons are still there, but anyone who wants to can now have a screen of their own. completely different welcome, with smart features at your fingertips.

Picture in picture

It was starting to get tedious, but on almost every year’s wishlist for the next version of iOS, I requested a picture-in-picture. Not being able to continue a FaceTime call or video while we are looking for something else on the phone is just a bad user experience.

In iOS 13 our video is interrupted when we exit the app … but in iOS 14 there is extended picture-in-picture support. Ultimately! IPhone screens are large enough to handle video played on anything else on the screen without major issues.

Phone calls and Siri don’t take up the whole screen

Few things interrupt everything we do on the screen, but incoming calls and Siri requests do – in iOS 13 and earlier. In iOS 14, however, a call is displayed as a slightly larger note at the top of the screen and can be declined, answered, or simply ignored.

Siri, on the other hand, appears as a small circle at the bottom of the screen, rather than covering everything up.

Siri in iOS 14

Of course, that’s how it should have been from the start, but Apple seems to have been very careful about adding more complex elements to iOS, and for good reason. After all, there are hundreds of millions of iPhone users around the world, and not all of them are tech savvy. You have to be careful with major changes.

But it was still high time for that to change. It’s one more thing to check off the list.

Choose your own default apps

It might seem obvious – of course, an iPhone owner in 2020 should be allowed to choose whatever web browser and messaging app they want. But in iOS 13, the reckless Gmail user who taps a link to an email address is sent to Apple’s own Mail app, while the disgruntled Firefox user who clicks on a link is directed to Safari. .

In iOS 14, you can choose default apps, in at least these two areas (Craig Federighi said mapping apps are on the list to consider), on your iPhone, just like you can on Mac. It’s a step in the right direction, although Apple was initially surprisingly silent on the change.

Thus, many of our long-standing wishes have finally come true. Next year’s Wish List for iOS 15 will be a little less repetitive.

For more great news, read 6 Awesome New Features iOS 14 Brings To Your iPhone.

This article originally appeared on Macworld Sweden. Translation by David Price.

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