Apple recently released the iOS 14.6 software update for iPhones and included a range of new features to improve the overall experience of using iPhones. Overall, Apple introduced some significant changes with iOS 14 allowing iPhone users to have better privacy and more personalization. Here are 10 useful features now available on iPhones that you may not be familiar with.
If you have an Apple Watch, you can unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask
Wearing a mask has become a part of life to fight the ongoing pandemic. So, keeping this in mind, Apple has introduced a new feature called “Unlock with Apple Watch”. This feature allows you to unlock your iPhone with your Apple Watch while wearing a mask. Go to Settings> Face ID & Passcode and turn on ‘Unlock with Apple Watch’. Note that this only works if you have synced your Apple Watch with the same iPhone. Alternatively, if you don’t have an Apple Watch, you can turn off Face ID and rely on the 4-digit password instead for quick access to the lock screen.
You can now choose from four different Siri voices
After iOS 14.5 update, you can change Siri voice to default female voice. There are a total of four options now available and you can choose the one you prefer by visiting the Settings menu. Go to Settings> Siri & Search and you’ll find a new option called Siri Voice from which you can change your voice preferences.
You can get a new look for your iPhone home screen by changing the app icons
There is a new option to change app icons with Shortcuts apps. So, if you want to completely change the look of your iPhone, now you can change the app icons by uploading a new icon and replacing it with the default icon. Here’s how to do it.
Watch videos while browsing the internet with picture-in-picture mode
Apple introduced picture-in-picture mode in iOS 14, and now you can watch videos while browsing the internet or reading messages. However, this feature is not supported by the YouTube app for iOS. To check the apps, go to Settings> General> Picture in picture. Here is the process step by step.
You can change the default apps for Mail and Safari
You can change the default apps for Mail and Safari so you can open emails in Gmail or Outlook instead or browse using Chrome by default. To do this, visit Settings and search for Chrome or Outlook, open it and you will find an option called Default browser app. Change it to the one you like. Likewise, find Gmail in Settings, open it, and change it as your default email app.
You can now ask apps not to follow you
Apple introduced a new feature with iOS 14.5 where you can deny certain apps permission to follow you for online ads. The moment you download a new app, Apple will ask you whether or not you want the app to follow you. You can immediately choose to turn it off. If you miss it, go to the particular app in settings and turn off tracking.
There is a new Podcasts app on iPhone
Apple introduced a new Podcasts app for iPhone users. With iOS 14.6, Apple’s podcast app gets the new subscription platform. It will allow podcasts to offer paid subscriptions to users as well as features such as ad-free episodes and subscriber-only episodes.
Apple iPhone 11 users can recalibrate the battery
This feature will tell iPhone 11 series users to understand the actual battery capacity and performance of their device. This feature was introduced with iOS 14.5 and lets you know the actual battery status. Go to Battery in the settings menu, then tap on Battery Health. You can recalibrate the battery from here. However, this is only available for the iPhone 11 series.
You can now use your iPhone to easily recognize songs
Shazam, until now, could be used as a toggle to identify songs. However, with iOS 14.6, users can turn it into an app clip to get song information. The process is the same, but users will get the song details through Shazam’s Clip app on the iPhone. Find “Control Center” from the Settings menu and select “Music Recognition” from the list of included commands. Now to use this feature just swipe down to access the control center and you will find the included Shazam logo.
Apple has improved the quality of listening to music on iPhones
Spatial audio, Dolby Atmos support, lossless music – all new features will be available for iPhone users with an Apple Music subscription with the latest iOS 14.6 update. For this, you will need to purchase an Apple Music subscription.