IOS 14 update: Everything you need to know

New York (CNN Business) – Apple just introduced new versions of the Apple Watch and iPad, but a new iPhone isn’t expected until next month.

But even if you are not expecting the latest phone, the new iOS 14 update can update your current model for free. The next version of the iPhone operating system will be rolled out to iPhone 6s and later models starting Wednesday.

Apple introduced new features in the update at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, including new ways to discover and organize apps, as well as the ability to unlock your car with your iPhone. (The feature will only work with one BMW model for now.)

iOS 14 will include a new feature called App Library, which automatically organizes apps on the home screen so you don’t have to scroll through multiple pages to find what you’re looking for.

These are the most important changes in iOS 14.

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Mini apps

Apple offers an easier way to discover and access new applications with a feature called App Clips. It offers a small part of an app to use when needed, whether it’s to order a skateboard or a hamburger at a restaurant. These apps are small in size and integrate with Apple Pay. Users can choose to download the full version of the application from the App Store.

The new functionality can be accessed by scanning a new App Clip code or using a QR. They can also be shared in messages or via the Safari web browser.

Group chat updates

As group messaging grows in iMessage, Apple was inspired by new features from one of the leading work messaging services.

Apple announced new updates for group chats, including the option to pin the most important conversations to the top of the message list and mention others in group chats, similar to Slack. Users will receive a notification that they have been mentioned.

Users will also be able to set a group photo using an image or emoji. Additionally, Apple’s avatars, called Memoji, have more hairstyles, age options, and face masks for the pandemic era.

Digital car keys

First Apple accepted credit cards, now Apple wants to replace your car keys. He anticipated a new tool that will allow people to use an iPhone or Apple Watch to unlock and start their car. Initially, it will only be available with the new 2021 BMW 5-series.

Digital car keys can also be shared with other people, such as family members, via messages.

The next generation of technology will allow users to unlock cars without taking the iPhone out of their pocket. It is expected to be available next year.

Apple digital car keys will initially only be available with a new BMW model.

AirPods

AirPods will also be updated. Apple’s popular wireless headphones will seamlessly switch between devices and audio. For example, users can finish an audiobook and then grab their iPad to watch a TV show. When someone calls, the audio will automatically switch to the call.

The more expensive Pro version will now have a new feature called “spatial audio” that aims to replicate an immersive sound or cinema experience.

Translation app

The new translation app can translate text and audio in 11 different languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Mandarin.

The application can translate in real time when two people speak different languages ​​on an iPhone.

Watch a video while doing other things

The Picture in Picture feature allows users to continue watching a video or take a FaceTime call while switching to other applications, such as iMessage. Users can also move the video around the screen or hide it but still listen to the audio.

Incoming calls will no longer take over your screen

Apple is finally tackling a huge user headache: Incoming calls will no longer take over your screen on iOS devices, including iPhone and iPad. Instead, they will appear as a banner at the top of the screen.

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Privacy

Apple has placed a great emphasis on privacy in recent years as a way to differentiate itself from other tech giants. In its latest move, Apple will give users the option to share only their approximate location with apps, rather than exactly where they are.

In the App Store, users will also be able to view a summary of an app’s privacy information before downloading it. And the apps will have privacy “nutrition labels” showing how much or little data they collect, such as location, browsing history, or contacts. Each developer will self-report their privacy practices.

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