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  1. The Best Apps to Create Custom Widgets on iPhone iOS 14 opened up a host of new customization options for iPhone users. For starters, you can change the default email and browser app on the iPhone, and even better, users have an option to place widgets on the home screen. While most popular apps have added support for widgets since the release of iOS 14, you can create custom widgets as per your liking for your iPhone’s home screen. Using a widget-maker app, you can create a widget to display the information you want. You also have full control over how the final widget will look like. Since iOS 14’s release, plenty of custom widget-maker apps have made their way to the App Store. Apps to Create Custom Widgets on iPhone We have tried a few widget apps to create custom widgets on iPhone. Each app has its pros and cons. Among them, we have finalized the five best iPhone apps to create personalized widgets. Let’s get started. 1. Widgetsmith No surprise here. Widgetsmith easily tops the list with several customization options and thoughtful implementation. The app is packed with a wide variety of highly customizable widgets, ranging from date to weather to astronomy. Each can be adjusted precisely to fit your desired function and appearance. The best part is, this set of widgets can then be dynamically scheduled to appear on your home screen following the rules you define. For example, a particular widget could show the weather or photo widget first thing in the morning, then your calendar during your workday, switch to your Activity ring progress as you wrap up your day. This lets you take full advantage of each slot on your home screen. My favorite feature is Apple Health integration. You can add the Apple Health activity and customize it with other information using the Widgetsmith widgets. Widgetsmith includes an optional premium monthly or annual subscription. The price starts at $2 per month. ➤ Download 2. Color Widgets As the name suggests, Color Widgets focuses on the design aspect to let you build colorful widgets for the iPhone home screen. You can choose from stunning premade widget designs, or better yet, make your own. The widget options include endless options like countdowns, date and battery, weather, quotes, and more. You can add pictures to your widgets, edit their font, create your own color-scheme, and so much more. What Color Widgets lacks is third-party integration such as Apple Health, Reminders, and Photos app. You can’t add information from these apps to a widget. Most widgets are completely free to use. You will be mostly fine using them on the iPhone home screen. Some of the widgets do come with a Premium tag that costs $4 as a one-time payment. ➤ Download 3. Transparent Widget This is a fun one. Those coming from the Android world might miss the ability to add icons and widgets to any part of the home screen. Transparent Widget offers a good workaround for that. The app will help you apply an invisible widget to your screen, keep an empty page on your home screen and enjoy your background. You can add new apps to exactly where you want them to be on the home screen. The transparent widget smartly acquires the other space. With an option to cover the entire home screen with a widget, you can view your beautiful wallpaper and add multiple pages to your home screen. ➤ Download 4. WidgetBox WidgetBox offers one of the best aesthetically pleasing widgets for the iPhone home screen. As of now, the app offers more than 69 widgets to choose from. With WidgetBox, you can select widgets you like, add your profile, stories, bios, captions, use custom fonts with any texting app, and access a great variety of symbols. I like the built-in System tracking widget that allows you to glance at essential information such as battery percentage, RAM and CPU usage, and remaining storage on the device. WidgetBox is free to download. You can opt for a $9.99 per month subscription or purchase the app as a one-time payment at $39.99. ➤ Download 5. Widgeridoo Widgeridoo is all about the flexibility to customize widgets on the go. The app follows a modular concept and divides the whole widget into several blocks. You can drag and drop and move blocks around for a unique look. Widgetridoo already comes with several built-in widgets divided into categories like Birthdays, Calendars, Feeds, and more. If you look closely, you can view the block preview from the category icon itself. The basic functionality is free, but you want more customization options, then you will have to buy the Pro version at $4. ➤ Download Go through the apps list above and create custom widgets for your iPhone home screen. Jazz up the default look with several custom widgets and show off your perfect homescreen setup in the comments section below. Source: The Best Apps to Create Custom Widgets on iPhone
  2. iOS 14 is Now Installed on 86% of iPhones Apple released iOS 14 to the general public around six months ago, and the adoption rate has skyrocketed since. The company today has updated its iOS 14 adoption numbers today, and the numbers are reaching the sky. According to the numbers updated on Apple’s App Store Developer website, iOS 14 is now installed on 80% of all the iPhones sold till date, and 86% of the iPhones sold in the last four years. On the other hand, iPadOS 14 is now installed on 70% of all active iPads and on 84% of iPads introduced in the last four years. According to the numbers posted on February 24, iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 adoption has outstanding. It rose to 26% only a week after launch, and now it has risen to 86%. Comparing these values to the last reported, the adoption rate has gone up by 5%. Apple last updated its iOS adoption rate in December, when it revealed that iOS 14 was running on 81% of all devices. Apple says 12% of all active iPhones are still running iOS 13, and just 2% of all the active iPhones are running iOS 13 or below. For those looking to compare these numbers to Android, we cannot compare these numbers since Google has stopped reporting Android adoption rates. Apple is now on the track to release a fifth major update to iOS 14, iOS 14.5. iOS 14.5 will bring unlocking iPhone using Apple Watch support while wearing masks, Dual SIM 5G, app tracking transparency, and more. Our Take iOS 14 introduced a number of new features. Widgets, App Library, improvements to core apps, and loads of privacy-related features have impressed the masses, and it reflects in the latest adoption numbers. With Apple introducing App Tracking Transparency in iOS 14.5, the numbers are only bound to grow. Have you installed iOS 14 on your iPhone yet? Which feature do you like the most? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below! Source: iOS 14 is Now Installed on 86% of iPhones
  3. By Kate O'Flaherty Apple’s iOS 14 gives you the ability to customize your iPhone home screen, but this can actually be a security risk. Here’s why. Apple’s iOS 14 operating system comes with a bunch of cool new features, including the ability to customize your home screen. Unsurprisingly, the new iOS 14 upgrade has been pretty popular, and people have been keen to share their customized home screens on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. But sharing your customized iPhone home screen far and wide isn’t actually a good idea—surprisingly, it can be a major security risk. This is because that screenshot of your iOS 14 home screen can give away a lot of information about you that could be of use to malicious hackers. You’ve probably added your favorite apps for example, which could help adversaries tailor their cyber-attacks to effectively trick you to give away your personal details. Say you have Netflix on your iOS 14 home screen: The attacker could send you a specifically crafted email or text message offering you a free month of the streaming service. It might seem legit—hackers are good at making their communications appear to be from the brands you know and trust. “It might be exciting to share you new-look iOS 14 home screen with vibrant new icons and widget placements but the truth is, the more personal information you hand over to the internet, the more threat actors have to play with to engineer a scam,” says Jake Moore, cybersecurity specialist at ESET. Many people think attackers won’t have anything to gain from them, but you should never underestimate what a cybercriminal can achieve with a seemingly innocuous amount of information, says Moore. “With so much information on us all already out there from large data breaches, often all that is required are small missing pieces in the jigsaw,” Moore explains. Your iOS 14 home screen could reveal a lot of information So sharing your iOS 14 home screen could reveal a lot of information about you. For example, Moore says, your weather widget will offer up your location and the photo reel may show your family members. The music widget can show what music you’re in to and the calendar, reminders and notes widgets offer up more personal information. Then there’s the apps themselves on your home screen which tend to be your most used. “Placed collectively together, this information can help attackers piece together those potential vital missing pieces into the data mix which could lead to targeted phishing attacks,” Moore warns. So, what should you do? It’s actually more about what you shouldn’t do. It might look cool, but don’t share your customized iOS 14 home screen on social media and be very wary of emails offering anything for free, especially if they ask you to enter your credentials. Ideally, don’t click any links—always log into the site separately to the email or text to avoid getting caught out by any malicious actors looking to steal your details. As well as the customized home screen capability, you can also take advantage of the new security and privacy features available in iOS 14, using my simple guide. It’ll help you feel more confident about privacy and security on your iPhone, which is more important today than ever before. Source
  4. Custom iOS 14 widgets have become a TikTok flex Customizing the iPhone home screen is now an art form The most exciting part of iOS 14 isn’t picture-in-picture video display or the app library — it’s widgets. Instead of once-boring app icons for your calendar or clock that might get placed in a utilities folder, the new wave of widgets let you spice up your homepage with anything from custom notes to astronomy and weather reports. Those options have existed on Android devices for years, but their sudden arrival on the iPhone has created a kind of gold rush, with users combining them into custom layouts that can be tweaked, shared, and even sold. The new options have also turned a small utility called Widgetsmith into a surprise success, garnering more than 2 million downloads since it launched on September 16th, according to CNBC. Widgetsmith isn’t necessary for layouts, but its wide-ranging custom widget options give users more control. Most importantly, it’s become the preferred tool for most layout tutorial videos, which has put it at the center of the growing scene. Even with Widgetsmith, designing the perfect layout can take several hours — but it’s worth it for users who are trying to make a splash on Instagram or TikTok. With those tools in place, the layouts are as eager, intricate, and fannish as could be expected. One user focused on Club Penguin-themed layout, using Widgetsmith and Apple’s Shortcuts tool to make a home screen look and feel exactly like the now-defunct social gaming app. In another case, a TikTok creator used an orange, red, and brown color palette to coincide with the aesthetics of Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox and the fall season. There are also viral Star Wars and Marvel home screens and others designed with minimalist aesthetics in mind. Gia, a 15-year-old Twilight fan, spent five hours making her Twilight-dedicated home screen, which includes a GIF lock screen image, characters from the Twilight films as app icons, and Widgetsmith boxes used to display Twilight dialogue. Her video quickly amassed thousands of views. Part of the inspiration for her home screen came from being a devout Twilight fan, but Gia also told The Verge that it “would be very cozy especially since we’re transitioning into fall.” Some layouts are appealing enough to pay for. Katarina Mogus, owner and creative director of En Flique Creative, a social media marketing agency, runs an Etsy shop that has started selling iOS 14 packs for $4.99. They’re designed with “aesthetic AF” in mind, something Mogus believes is key to understanding why iOS 14 designs have taken off in the last week. Mogus told The Verge that after her TikTok video demonstrating how to use Widgetsmith to make cool home screens was seen more than 25 million times, she decided to sell some of her designs on Etsy for people (like me) who might not be as artistically inclined. “I really wanted to make it easier for people,” Mogus said. “I put out a price point where I’m like, ‘Ok, for one Starbucks drink, would someone be willing to buy the widget that I’m creating?’ I’ve been getting a lot of sales on it, and I’m continuously making more because I’m getting a lot of requests for different ones.” Sharing those designs — and the skills it takes to create them — has become a sensation on platforms like Instagram and TikTok. There are new accounts entirely dedicated to tutorials, asking people what they want to learn and showing them how to do it in a minute or less. The #ios14tutorial hashtag on TikTok has already garnered close to 20 million views. Christian Parrotte, a freshman at the University of Florida, is an iPhone owner who spent a few hours working on his own iOS 14 layout that incorporated different characters and elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Most of the time was spent hunting down photos that he liked that would work functionally against the dark backdrop he was using as wallpaper. The more views his video collects, the more people ask Parrotte in the comments to drop a tutorial. They want to make it their iPhone backgrounds, too. It made Parrotte realize that there’s a huge market for developers to make it easier for people to customize their own phones — something that may only continue growing as more people buy and receive Apple products during the holiday season. “I definitely think that as app developers start to see how impactful iOS 14 is, and how we use our phones, they’re going to start making adjustments,” Parrotte told The Verge. “Right now, it’s really only Widgetsmith. I think we’ll start seeing a lot of other apps purely aesthetic widget apps really soon.” It’s hard to say how long the fad will last, or how long users will keep their intricate home screens. Parrotte and Gia think part of it is simply creating the designs for clout. (“I think it’s a way for people to flex,” Gia says.) But with form factors and operating systems settling into a dull sameness, there’s a powerful appeal to having a home screen that looks different from everyone else’s. “Since the iPhone has always looked the same and there’s no ability for customization, it’s so exciting as a creator and as just a regular iPhone user that you can change things,” Mogus said. “I’d love to see more customizable aspects to the iPhone in the future, and even other Apple devices. I have every Apple product, so anyway to change them up a bit more is really exciting.” Custom iOS 14 widgets have become a TikTok flex
  5. A bevy of new features makes iOS 14 the most secure mobile OS ever Behold: The useful and not-so-useful privacy features you've been waiting for. Enlarge / From left to right: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max. Samuel Axon 137 with 62 posters participating, including story author Eleven months ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook declared privacy a “fundamental human right.” The affirmation came as the iPhones his customers carry in their pockets store ever more sensitive information and the company seeks to make privacy a key differentiator as it competes with Google and other rivals. On Wednesday, the company sought to make good on its commitment with the release of iOS 14. It introduces a bevy of privacy features designed to give iPhone users more control over their personal information. The protections are intended to rein in app developers, online providers, and advertisers who all too often push the limits of acceptable data collection, assuming they don’t fully step over the line. I spent a little more than an hour testing some of the features. Here’s a brief description of each, how to use them, and some first-blush impressions of how some work. Camera and mic access notifications iOS has long given users the ability to control what apps are allowed to access the camera and mic. Now, Apple is going a step further. With iOS 14, users actually get notice in realtime whenever an app does, in fact, capture audio or video from a phone. It also provides a list after the fact of apps that have recently accessed the mic or camera. The notifications shown in realtime can be easy to miss, which is probably what Apple intended. The image below shows the home screen of an iPhone SE when a guitar tuner has the mic turned on. The sole indicator is the orange dot just to the left of the battery indicator. (On other iPhone models, the dot appears above the signal strength meter). Privacy-minded users will have to train themselves to look for it. Everyone else can just get on with whatever task is at hand. Unfortunately, the notification of apps that have recently accessed the mic isn’t as useful as I’d like. On my SE, the list was limited to a maximum of just one app, so even when I had recently opened two or more apps that made access, I’d only see the last one. Also problematic: the list appeared empty if I accessed the control center more than about 30 seconds after an app made access. These after-the-fact notifications appear at the top of the Control Center. Below is what appeared about 20 seconds after I opened an authenticator app that accessed my camera and then opened the guitar tuner that accessed my mic: These limitations greatly diminish the value of the control center notification because they require a user to access the control center early and often. That’s a time killer. The feature would be more useful if the list refreshed every two to six hours and showed all apps that accessed the mic or camera within that time. More granular control of stored photos Before iOS 14, users had a binary choice: either allow an app to access the entirety of stored photos or forbid it. Now, users have a new option—allow an app to access one or more specific photos, while the rest remain off-limits. This worked as expected for me. Control of apps that want to access local networks Some apps have good reason to access a local network. An example is an app that interacts with a smart TV and uses Bluetooth to sense when the phone is nearby. Here’s what iOS 14 showed the first time I opened an app from Samsung: Plenty of times, however, apps have no legitimate reason for accessing local networks. iOS 14 lets users curtail the practice. Finer-grained control of location access Once upon a time, iOS users could either grant or deny location access to an app, and that location was precise right down to the physical address. Now there’s a new option to give access to the proximate location. This is useful for a star-gazing app, for instance, which needs a general idea of where you are but doesn’t need an exact location. Copy and paste notification iOS now provides a notification each time an app accesses the clipboard. This feature is useful because clipboards often store passwords, cryptocurrency wallet credentials, and other highly sensitive information. This feature is even more important now that iOS has access to the clipboards of nearby Macs connected to the same iCloud account. Compromised password notifications iOS now has access to a database of passwords known to be compromised and warns users any time a password stored in the Keychain password manager is on the list. Apple says it does this in a secure and private way that doesn’t reveal the user’s password even to Apple. The company doesn’t say precisely how this is done. It’s likely similar to the clever cryptography behind Apple’s FindMy app, explained by Wired. New disclosure requirements for app developers Effective with iOS 14, app developers now must disclose privacy practices to Apple. Details required include any collection of location, contacts, purchases, browsing history, personal finances, and unique identifiers. Better privacy when using Wi-Fi It’s surprising that Apple is only now fully randomizing the MAC addresses Wi-Fi chips use to identify themselves to Wi-Fi access points. These fixed addresses can be useful in cases when a trusted network wants to control what devices are allowed to connect, or to at least identify those that are. The problem is that just walking by two or more networks controlled by the same person or organization is enough for the operator to compile a list of what devices and then cross reference them. Connecting to them over time can divulge even more history. The result: access points can log some of your deepest secrets, including what time you left the bar last night, who left with you, and the route you took home. Apple added MAC randomization in 2014 with the introduction of iOS 8, but researchers and users soon discovered it suffered a key limitation: it worked only when a device was broadcasting probes in order to find networks it had previously connected to. According to this post in Apple news site iMore, randomization didn't happen when a device actually connected to one. Apple has finally addressed this limitation. By default, iOS 14 will use a “private address,” by which Apple means a randomly generated MAC that’s unique to a given network. To disable the feature, turn off the Private Address button in the SSID settings. Otherwise, leave it on: The feature isn’t as powerful as I’d like it to be. In an ideal world, it would periodically change the MAC address, or allow me to manually change it, so that a single Wi-Fi network can’t track me over time. Based on my brief testing, the random address appears to be permanently tied to a given SSID, even when you tell iOS to forget the network and log in anew. Website privacy report Safari now provides a privacy report that summarizes the trackers that users have encountered over the past 30 days. To access it, tap the two letter a’s on the left side of the address bar. Selecting privacy report will generate a response like this one: Anti-tracking delayed is anti-tracking denied One of the most anticipated privacy features was one requiring app developers to get a user’s consent before tracking their activities on third-party apps and websites. Alas, Apple delayed implementing the feature until at least next year after app developers, particularly those from Facebook-owned Instagram, bitterly complained. For a company that says privacy is a fundamental human right, Apple’s postponement is a surprise. Fortunately, there are enough other privacy-preserving features to make iOS 14 a significant improvement over what was available previously. Use them and enjoy. This post was updated on 9/18/2020, 10:45 AM to correct details in the section about MAC randomization. A bevy of new features makes iOS 14 the most secure mobile OS ever
  6. Google adds iOS 14 Search widgets, as Chrome and Gmail get default app support Apple launched iOS 14 to the general public on Wednesday, and developers are updating their apps to support the latest features. Google, in an attempt to make access to its apps easier, is adding Search widgets and the ability to set Chrome as the default browser. The Cupertino firm's latest mobile OS lets users create prominent home screen widgets, and Google is making use of that by offering "lightning-fast access to Search." The first widget, pictured below, is 2x2 and has a bar up top that opens the keyboard to allow for immediate text input. The second one spans across the entire home screen and contains three shortcuts: Lens, Voice Search, and Incognito. To set up the widgets, users need to ensure that they have updated to version 125.1 in the App Store. The Mountain View firm has provided the following instructions: Press and hold on the home screen of your iPhone or iPad Tap the plus icon on the upper left corner to open the widget gallery Search for & tap the Google app Swipe right/left to select the widget size Tap “Add Widget” Place the widget and tap “Done” at the upper right corner iOS 14 lets users set the default browser and email app, however, preferences reset after a device reboot for now. Similar to how it operates on desktop platforms, Chrome can open links from any app, while any mailto: links will redirect users to Gmail's compose screen. The browser update is live now, and the Gmail update will be rolling out soon. To set Chrome or Gmail as your default apps, follow these steps: Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, scroll down until you see “Chrome” / "Gmail" and tap on it Tap on “Default Browser App” / "Default Mail App" Choose “Chrome” / "Gmail" Google says that it will add more widgets in the coming weeks to "make your iPhone even more helpful". Google adds iOS 14 Search widgets, as Chrome and Gmail get default app support
  7. How to use iOS 14’s App Library to organize your apps A useful feature with limitations If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge If you’re an organization junkie and an iPhone user, then iOS 14 has provided you with a new tool: the App Library, which organizes your apps in labeled groups to make them easier to find. In fact, all your current apps can now be found there, and any apps you download in the future will be placed there as well. (You can decide whether you want the apps to also be visible on your home screen; we’ll tell you how later in this article.) This new feature can be very useful, especially if you tend to download a lot of apps. Automatic groupings The App Library appears as a separate page on your home screen. After you’ve updated to iOS 14, just keep swiping left; the App Library will be the last page you hit. It automatically organizes your apps into folders that are labeled with a variety of categories. For example, just after updating to the new OS, mine included Recently Added, Utilities, Productivity & Finance, Social, Creativity, Information & Readings, Games, Entertainment, Health & Fitness, and Travel. Each folder is divided into four quadrants; each quadrant shows an icon representing an app. If a folder holds more than four apps, the remaining icons are shrunk down and grouped into a single quadrant. You can open an app directly from its icon in the App Library. If the app is part of a group of smaller icons (and therefore too small to tap), tap anywhere in that quadrant and the entire category will fill your screen so you can select the app you want. The App Library organizes your apps into categories. Tap on a group of small icons, and the category will open. Long press on any app in the App Library, and a pop-up menu lets you delete it, use one of its features, or — if it isn’t there already — copy the icon to your home screen. (This will not remove it from the App Library). If you can’t find an app, select the search field on top; you’ll get an alphabetical list of your apps. You can either type in the name of the app you want or scroll down to find it. A long press offers a variety of options. If you can’t find an app, tap on the search box. However, you do not get to decide where in the App Library the new app will appear. For example, I installed an app called NYC 311, which offers alerts and info for the city. It landed in the “Recently Added” folder and, as far as I could tell, that was that. I have to assume that, when it’s no longer considered recent, it will go to another category automatically. I couldn’t create my own category or move the app to a different existing category. Move apps to the App Library If you want to clean up your home screen, you can “remove” icons so that they are only visible in the App Library. For a single app: On the home screen, long press on the app you want to add. Tap “Remove App.” Tap “Move to App Library.” To move an app to the App Library, first select “Remove App.” You’ll then be give the choice to move the app to the App Library. You can also get rid of a bunch of home screen apps at once by long-pressing an empty area on your home screen. Tap on the “minus” symbol on the corner of each app you want to take off the home screen and select “Move to App Library.” If you want to keep your home screen clean, you can arrange to have newly installed apps appear only in the App Library. Go to Settings > Home Screen Choose either “Add to Home Screen” or “App Library Only.” You can also opt to have notification badges shown in the App Library. To change where apps first appear, go to the home screen setting. Apps can be downloaded to your home screen or to the App Library. As mentioned, the App Library is an interesting addition to the iOS arsenal, allowing for increased organization of apps and a cleaner, less crowded home screen. However, its lack of personalization is, for me at least, a significant limitation — unlike its Android counterpart, it doesn’t allow you to create your own groups or to decide which app should go in which group. With any luck, Apple will improve the feature over the coming months. How to use iOS 14’s App Library to organize your apps
  8. iOS 14 resets app defaults for the mail and browser apps after a device reboot Apple began rolling out iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and watchOS 14 to eligible devices yesterday after announcing it during its virtual event. The iOS 14 update for the iPhone brings a host of new features, including a much-requested App Library, support for new widgets on the home screen, and a host of privacy improvements. Another major change is the ability to set third-party apps as defaults. This means that users can set Chrome or Edge as their default browser instead of Safari, Outlook as their preferred mail client, and more. However, reports suggest that these defaults are automatically being reset on reboot, changing the apps to Apple’s offerings. Folks over at 9to5Mac and The Verge confirm that their devices too exhibit this behavior, as rebooting the phone automatically resets user preferences, which are expected to persist. It is not clear if this is an issue caused by a bug in iOS 14, or if the Cupertino giant intended for the device to automatically reset the preferences. While the ability to set third-party apps as the default is a useful change for users that do not extensively use Apple’s apps, it could get frustrating to constantly head into settings and perform the change after every reboot. A Google engineer acknowledged the behavior on Twitter but did not comment on whether it was to do with the apps or the OS itself. If it is an iOS14 bug indeed, it would not be surprising to see Apple push a minor update to fix it. Source: 9to5Mac iOS 14 resets app defaults for the mail and browser apps after a device reboot
  9. Apple's iOS and iPadOS 14 Have Dropped. Here's What’s New Your home screen is changing, and car keys may become optional. These are the top features you need to know in the latest iPhone and iPad update. For years, the iPhone home screen has been a grid of app icons that go on for pages and pages. That's beginning to change.Photograph: Apple The iPhone's software is getting a face-lift. The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 14, is now available for download, and you'll notice several visual tweaks when you first install it. Notably, your home screen looks very different, with an app library, widgets everywhere, and a new look for Siri. We've collected all the top upgrades you'll find in iOS 14, along with some small changes, to help you make sense of it all. All of these features are also available in iPadOS 14, the iPad's operating system, which you can also install now. If you're interested in all the new hardware Apple recently announced, check out this roundup. How to Download iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 But first, you might be wondering how you'll be able to install them. Anyone with an iPhone 6S or newer (that includes the 2016 iPhone SE) can download iOS 14 right now. For the tablets, you'll need an iPad Air 2 or newer, an iPad Mini 4 or newer, an iPad 5th generation or newer. All iPad Pro models can install iPadOS 14 now, too. Now, before you install anything, make sure to back up your device. (We have a guide that can help!) Once you've done that, the rest is very simple. Open the Settings app, tap General, and then Software Update. Your device will search for an update and will then start downloading it. It will take a few minutes and will automatically restart, so make sure you initiate this when you aren't doing anything important. As a word of advice, the first version of new Apple updates can still have some bugs. The safest bet is to wait a day or two to see if there are reports about any major issues. If not, you can rest easy installing it. Now, onto what's new. App Library For years, the iPhone home screen has been a grid of app icons that go on for pages and pages. That's changed now. In iOS 14, you can hide pages of apps you don't use often, and a scroll to the right will let you access your new App Library. It's quite similar to the app drawer on Android phones, but instead of more icons in an endless vertical stream, apps are grouped into various categories like Social, Productivity, and Entertainment. The top two categories (which look like big folders) are Suggested and Recent Apps. Suggested Apps uses machine learning to recommend apps you might want to use next, and Recent Apps shows apps you recently used or installed. There's also a search bar at the top. Photograph: Apple Widgets Until now, the iPhone's widgets have been relegated to the Today View on the left of the main screen. Now, you can pull these widgets out and into your home screen (just like on Android) and get alternate sizes for them (you can't pull widgets out of Today View on iPadOS). This allows you to customize how your phone looks and quickly access certain functions, like switching music tracks with your music app's widget. To see all the widgets available with the apps you have installed, there's a Widget Library. Just be aware that developers may not have widgets ready yet (or no plans to make one) for your apps. One particular widget from Apple is Smart Stack, which bundles together a variety of widgets into one oblong-shaped box. You can swipe through this to see the others, or Smart Stack will automatically change the widget based on time of day and your usual activity. For example, in the morning, Smart Stack might show you a morning news briefing. In the afternoon, it might switch to your calendar widget, and in the evening, it might show your fitness activity summary. Picture-in-Picture Mode If you're watching a movie on your iPhone but need to switch to a messaging app to respond to someone, Apple's new Picture-in-Picture mode means you don't need to hit the pause button. Instead, you'll see a floating screen over your home screen (or any other app). You can resize it, drag it around, and control video playback. You can even minimize it to the side of the screen but still have audio playing if you need your iPhone's full screen for something else. Siri Gets a Revamp A new version of Siri won't take up your whole screen when you just want to ask a question. Instead, Siri now looks like a small bubble at the bottom. Ask it for the weather and you'll see a pop-up notification at the top of the screen with the answer. It's a little smarter too. It can access information from across the web (to some degree) and can also now send audio messages for you in the Messages app. Photograph: Apple A Translate App Apple's moving in on Google with its new Translate app. At the moment, it supports 11 languages, and an on-device mode keeps text and voice translations private. If you turn your iPhone into landscape view, the app will turn on Conversation mode, which offers a side-by-side view that makes it easy for both parties to see the translation. Photograph: Apple Messages Improvements Your Messages app is getting a slew of updates. First, you can pin important conversations to the very top of the app. These will appear as big circles, different from the other threads in the app, and you can pin up to nine threads. For group messages, you'll see circular images of everyone in a group at the top of the screen, and people who have been more active than others will appear slightly bigger (you can also set a group photo). In group chats, you can reply inline to specific messages and view this as a separate thread. You can also type someone's name to "mention" someone, similar to using the @ function on other messaging apps like Facebook Messenger or Slack. With the latter feature, you can have conversations only send a notification if you have been mentioned. There are new Memoji designs to choose from, including 20 new hair and headwear styles, more face coverings, and age options. There are three new Memoji stickers too: a hug, a fist bump, and a blush. Maps and CarPlay Updates The redesigned Apple Maps that Apple introduced last year is available in three new countries: the UK, Ireland, and Canada. Apple says it's also working with trusted brands to integrate travel guides into Apple Maps, which include recommendations for places around you. Perhaps even more helpful, Maps can now tell you when you are approaching a speed sensor or red-light camera. Cycling navigation is also available in Maps. It will take into account elevation, so you'll know if you'll be dealing with a lot of hills. Unfortunately, it's only available in New York, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Shanghai, and Beijing to start. More cities are on the way in the coming months. You can ask Siri for cycling directions. If you have an electric car, you'll be happy to learn that Apple has added EV routing into Maps. It takes into account temperature, weather, elevation, and other information to automatically add charging stations to your route if you'll need to juice up soon. Apple says it's working on deep integration with car manufacturers like BMW and Ford, so it will know exactly which stations will support your car. You will soon be able to tap your phone to the door of a car to unlock it via NFC technology, just like paying with Apple Pay. If you lose your iPhone, you can turn off keys remotely via iCloud. You can even "share" your car key via iMessage and set restricted driver profiles, which can limit things like acceleration, top speed, and more. The first car to support this feature will be the 2021 BMW 5 Series, and it will likely take a number of years for a good portion of vehicles to support it. Photograph: Apple App Clips Apple wants to make it easier for you to find and use new apps based on what you are doing and where you are. This comes in the form of App Clips, which are bite-sized versions (10-megabytes or less) of apps that you can use for one-off instances. For example, if you're browsing Panera's menu in Safari or looking up the closest restaurants near you in Maps, an App Clip might pop up from the bottom of your screen. It's a lightweight version of the Panera app you can use to check the menu and place an order for pick up. It relies on Apple Pay and Apple's sign-in instead of requiring you to make a Panera account if you don't have one. Another example is using an App Clip to pay for a parking meter or rent a scooter. These App Clips can be found by tappable NFC tags or QR codes around you. If you need to find an App Clip again, you can see it in the new App Library, so you can download the full app later if you want. It's very similar to Android Instant Apps, which Google introduced a few years ago. iPadOS Gets Scribble If you have an Apple Pencil, you're now able to write with it in any text field, like a search bar, and the iPad will convert your handwriting into text. It means you don't need to rely on the virtual keyboard as much when you're not using a physical keyboard. What's also nice is you can select your handwriting using a Smart Selection tool, and if you paste it into an app that doesn't support handwriting, the iPad will automatically transcribe it into text. There's also a Shape Recognition tool, which will perfect your sloppily-drawn shapes. It's handy if you want to keep things neat or if you're making diagrams. Other Notable Small Changes Those are some of the major iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 upgrades. Here are some smaller tidbits. If you want to read every single update, check out Apple's iOS 14 preview website and the one for iPadOS 14. You can change the default email and web browser apps. So you can replace Apple's Mail app with Gmail, for example. Universal Search's interface will no longer interrupt what you're doing, and you can use it to search for anything—like installed apps or contacts—not to mention complete web searches. You can even search within apps. Similarly, when you get a call, the notification will be a banner at the top instead of hogging the whole screen. You'll be able to "Sign in With Apple" inside apps by tapping a button to port your existing accounts into your Apple account. You can search for emojis with the keyboard and the keyboard's dictation feature now uses the same engine as the one used for Siri, meaning your dictations will be more accurate. It's also running on-device, so it works offline. You'll now see a pop-up notification when an app wants to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies. You can allow it or ask the app not to track you. This means it will reduce the amount of data collected by the app. Similarly, new cards in the App Store will show what kind of data an app might collect before you install it. It's meant to act just like the nutrition label on food packaging. You can also share App Store subscriptions with your whole family. For camera upgrades, the camera can now shoot photos up to 90 percent faster, at up to four frames per second. QuickTake video is now available on the iPhone XR and XS. And you can quickly toggle the video resolution and frame rate in video mode. If you have an iPhone 11 or 11 Pro, Night mode now offers up a guidance indicator to make sure you stay steady during capture, and you can also cancel a Night mode shot midway instead of waiting until the end. There is also a camera recording indicator in the status bar and you can add captions to photos and videos in the Photos app. Select Apple apps in iPadOS now feature a sidebar for easier navigation, making better use of the larger screen. The Health app now lets you add how much sleep you want to get every night. A Wind Down mode prepares your phone for bedtime and wake-up, so you can schedule things like playing soothing sounds. It automatically turns on Do Not Disturb and Sleep mode. The latter will dim your phone screen, show the date, time, and next alarm. On the privacy front, you can share your approximate location with apps instead of your precise location. The Control Center also shows which apps recently accessed your microphone or camera. And if you connect to a Wi-Fi network that doesn't use a private Wi-Fi address, you'll get a warning. You can assign reminders to people you share lists with, and they will get a reminder. Apple's iOS and iPadOS 14 Have Dropped. Here's What’s New
  10. The iOS 14 [and iPadOS 14] Privacy and Security Features You Should Know The latest update for your iPhone and iPad will make them safer than ever. iOS 14 has arrived! Check these new settings to limit how apps and websites track you.Courtesy of Apple iOS 14 has begun rolling out to iPhones worldwide, and as is typical for Apple and a new iOS release, security and privacy enhancements are front and center. The new mobile operating system should make you and your data safer than ever. But it's important to know where these various features are and how to use them. Below you can find the most important security and privacy features your iOS device now has that it didn't have before. Make sure you check them as soon as you've got iOS 14 on your iPhone or iPad. Know When Apps Use Your Camera and Mic Keep an eye on the apps using the camera and microphone. Screenshot: David Nield via Apple Apps on iOS have to explicitly ask for your permission to use the camera and microphone, and from iOS 14 onwards, you'll also see an indicator dot in the top right of the screen when these functions are being used. Green means camera, orange means microphone. This should make it impossible for apps to make recordings without your knowledge. Even if you trust an app enough to give it access to the camera and the mic, it's still reassuring to know that you'll always get an indication when they're being used. If you drag down from the top right corner of the iPhone display to open up Control Center, you'll see information about the apps that most recently used your camera or microphone, just in case you're unsure. Limit Access to Photos and Location You can opt to give apps only an approximate location lock. Screenshot: David Nield via Apple iOS 14 includes a couple of new ways that you can give apps certain permissions, but only up to a point. The idea is that there are some apps you trust a bit more than others in terms of looking at your photos or tracking where you are. If you open Settings in iOS 14 and then choose Privacy and Location Services, you can tap on an app to configure how it can access your phone's location: never, always, only when the app is open, or only when you give explicit permission. There's also a new Precise Location toggle switch, which you can turn off when you're fine if an app knows the general area you're in, but want to keep exact GPS coordinates hidden. From the same Privacy menu, tap Photos and you get a list of apps with access to the pictures and videos stored on your iPhone. Choose an app and then change the option to Selected Photos if you only want the app to have access to a smaller subset of your files. Sniff Out Bad Passwords Apple has been able to sync the passwords and other login credentials for your various accounts across all of your Apple hardware via iCloud for a while now; this applies to macOS as well as iOS. To see what Apple has stored in the cloud from your iPhone, choose Passwords from Settings. New in iOS 14 as well as macOS is a password monitoring system. This will alert you if any of your credentials are spotted in a data breach, which means access to your accounts could be compromised. From the top of the Passwords screen, tap Security Recommendations. You'll see passwords that iOS thinks are problematic, either because of a data breach, or it's too easy to guess, or you've used it elsewhere. Follow any of the Change Password links to pick something new. Discourage Wi-Fi Tracking iOS 14 can make it harder for your device to be tracked across Wi-Fi networks. Screenshot: David Nield via Apple One small but potentially significant change to Wi-Fi security in iOS 14 is the Use Private Address feature that you'll notice if you open up the Wi-Fi menu from Settings, and then tap the blue info button on the right of the network that you're connected to. Whenever a device connects to the web, it gets what's called a MAC (media access control) address so the local network can keep track of it. With a bit of clever monitoring, internet service providers—and from there, advertisers—can also use it to work out where your device logs on and when. This new iOS 14 feature gives your iPhone a different MAC address every time it connects, making it much more difficult for this sort of tracking to work. It's set to be enabled by default for every new network you connect to. Know When Apps Snoop on Your Clipboard If you see a message about apps pasting clipboard information from other apps at the top of your iPhone screen, don't panic: That's just the new clipboard notification feature in iOS kicking into action. As the iOS 14 beta program revealed, plenty more apps monitor the clipboard than you would actually think, even before you've actually pasted anything. Most apps now seem to have tidied up their approach to clipboard access to avoid getting called out. If you're using iOS 14, you should only see the notification when you actually choose to paste something inside an app, in which case the app obviously needs access to the clipboard. Limit How Apps Track You Another change in iOS 14 is that apps will have to specifically request permission to track you across other apps and sites. However, after complaints from advertisers—most notably Facebook, which in August said the move would "severely impact" its lucrative Audience Network—this feature won't be fully enforced until sometime next year. For now, you can head to Privacy then Tracking from the iOS Settings menu, and you'll find a toggle switch for whether you want apps to be able to request permission to track you outside of the actual app itself. This sort of tracking is largely done to better target advertising at you. As the tracking screen in iOS itself notes, apps that you don't give permission to might still try to track you, as per their individual privacy policies. The more effective app-by-app controls should go into effect next year. Vet Apps for Privacy Info One iOS 14 feature that Apple has announced for iOS 14, but which hasn't yet gone live, is app privacy cards. When the feature does appear, these cards will give you more details about how apps make use of the data they collect from you. Presumably developers need a bit more time to get their apps in order—the feature isn't visible at the time of writing—but when it does appear, you should see a new App Privacy button on each of the listings inside the App Store. Follow that link, and you'll be able to see the information you're giving up to a particular app and how that information is being recorded and connected with existing profiles stored on your device or the web. Get Privacy Reports From Safari Safari gives you the details on its cross-site tracker blocking. Screenshot: David Nield via Apple The ability to block cross-site tracking cookies in Safari isn't new in iOS 14; as before, you can find the option under Safari in Settings. Turning on Prevent Cross-Site Tracking makes it much harder for advertisers to link together your browsing activity across different websites. What is new in iOS 14 is the Privacy Report page in Safari. This gives you more detail on exactly what effect the blocking has on your browsing. Tap the AA button in the top left corner of the browser window to see a report for the site you're currently on. You can see the individual trackers in use on a particular page and check up on how many of these trackers Safari has blocked over the past month. You can't really interact with this report in any meaningful way, but it's helpful to have the information available. The iOS 14 Privacy and Security Features You Should Know
  11. YouTube’s website now blocks iOS 14’s picture-in-picture mode unless you pay for Premium Picture-in-picture still works on iPad for free and paid users, though Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge One of iOS 14’s big new features is picture-in-picture mode, which lets you watch a video in a small window while you’re doing other things on your iPhone. That could be handy if you, say, wanted to watch a YouTube video in Safari while chatting with your friends or checking email. But unfortunately, it seems YouTube has done something to stop videos from continuing to play when PIP mode is activated — unless you pay for YouTube Premium, that is. See for yourself. Pull up a video on YouTube’s website in Safari on your iPhone and take it full screen. If you tap to pull up playback controls, you should see a picture-in-picture icon in the top-left corner of your screen. Tap that, and the video briefly goes into its own window before returning to its usual spot on YouTube’s site. And if you try to go back to your home screen while watching a video in full screen, you’ll see that it briefly flickers into picture-in-picture mode before disappearing. Interestingly, as observed by MacRumors, you can watch YouTube videos in picture-in-picture mode if they’re embedded on a website. And if you have YouTube Premium, picture-in-picture works as expected. But it’s not functioning properly if you’re a free user. This wasn’t the case as recently as yesterday, according to MacRumors, and I remember it working on the iOS 14 betas ahead of the software’s official release this week. Picture-in-picture mode still works with YouTube videos in Safari if you’re using an iPad, regardless of whether you’ve got a free or Premium account. It’s unclear if this is a bug or if YouTube removed the functionality intentionally. For its own app, YouTube limits the ability to play videos in the background to YouTube Premium subscribers. It seems plausible that YouTube wants to restrict picture-in-picture to its paying subscribers. Google and Apple have not replied to a request for comment. YouTube’s website now blocks iOS 14’s picture-in-picture mode unless you pay for Premium
  12. iOS 14 battery drain fix requires you to reset your iPhone and Apple Watch Apple's drastic support guide for rebooting your Apple Watch and iPhone (Image credit: Apple) Some users with both an Apple Watch and paired iPhone are noticing widespread issues after updating to iOS 14 and watchOS 7. In a nightmare scenario for both Apple and its customers, it appears the only fix for these issues is to factory reset your Apple Watch and your iPhone. Make sure you back your iPhone to iCloud before fully resetting it. Apple released a support guide yesterday detailing a series of problems that users have reported, including missing health data and routes, broken fitness apps that refuse to open, and "increased battery drain on your iPhone or Apple Watch". Shockingly, Apple's proposed solution is to unpair your iPhone, back up both devices to iCloud and then to factory reset both of them. Unless you pay for iCloud, you'll need to free up space in order to safely back up your data, then import it back onto your devices once they've been purged of whatever is breaking them. iOS 14 problems have persisted since Apple released the update, which is somewhat common for a new operating system. What isn't common is for a problem to be so drastic that it can't be patched in an incremental OS update (iOS 14.0.1 is out now, but it doesn't fix the problem). Keep in mind that this is just one battery fix specific to Apple Watch users having trouble with their health data. If iOS 14 is draining your battery, but you haven't noticed any other problems or don't own an Apple Watch, resetting your iPhone would be an unnecessary (and risky) waste of time. You'll have to hope that another, less drastic fix is coming in a future Apple update. (Image credit: TechRadar) How to fix your iPhone and Apple Watch It turns out that erasing your iPhone and Apple Watch is somewhat straightforward, but you'll want to follow each step carefully so nothing important is lost. First, you unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone using the Watch app. This will automatically create a backup of its data on your iPhone, while also erasing all content and settings. Second, you'll need to go into your iCloud Settings. Make sure that the Health app is turned on as something to be backed up, then select iCloud Backup and then Back Up Now to create a backup of all your iPhone and Watch data. If you're unable to, you'll need to manage your phone storage and possibly clear out previous iCloud backups to make room. After backing up your iPhone to iCloud, step three is the moment you've been dreading: in Settings, select General, Reset and then Erase All Content and Settings. Now, your phone should be "fixed" and ready to take your data back. Turn it on, and make sure to choose the option to restore from your iCloud backup. Then you simply open up the Watch app, pair your iPhone to your Watch again, and then select Restore from Backup in-app to get all your data back. What isn't clear is if this fix will reinstate all of your missing GPS and health data. But at least the battery drain fix will mean you can safely do future workouts without your phone and watch dying halfway through. Via Phone Arena iOS 14 battery drain fix requires you to reset your iPhone and Apple Watch
  13. iOS 14 problems: here's how to fix the most common iPhone glitches Updated with new iOS 14 bugs that may be causing problems on your iPhone (Image credit: Apple) iOS 14 problems can ruin Apple's otherwise beautiful iPhone software upgrade, so we're here to help you fix the iOS 14 bugs and glitches that you're running into. Broken WiFi, poor battery life and spontaneously reset settings are the most talked about iOS 14 problems, according to iPhone users. Luckily, Apple's iOS 14.0.1 update fixes most of the issues, as we have noted below in the updated changelog. This isn't new for us – we've been dealing with iOS 14 problems since the beta, and while some bugs have been solved, a few nasty ones persist. Most issues are more annoying than severe: constantly disconnecting WiFi is pretty obnoxious considering how much folks use it to avoid racking up huge data charges. Don't see your iOS 14 problem listed? We're happy to troubleshoot it with you. Please follow us and share your problem, and we'll either reply or direct message you (if it's a long one) with a solution if we find one. Below, we’ll explain the top iOS 14 problems along with any fixes that have been figured out so far. Many of the solutions involve updating to the latest version of iOS; when we note that an update addressed the issue, consider it fixed for every later version of iOS unless we note otherwise. To update to the latest version, head to Settings > General > Software Update > Download and Install, and click Install Now when the option becomes available. iOS 14 won't download on your iPhone Technically, you're not on iOS 14 yet, and that's the first major problem. If you have a compatible iPhone, you should be able to get the latest software update. Make sure you're iPhone is the iPhone 6S series or newer. You'll also need enough space on your device to download iOS 14 and the battery needs to be charged. It's best to install iOS 14 when your iPhone is plugged in. If you previously tested the beta, delete that version of the software in Settings > General > Profiles. Can't add or edit iOS 14 widgets iOS 14 widgets are the star of this iPhone update, yet you may find it difficult to add or edit widgets. That's certainly an iOS 14 problem, if you ask us. New apps you download may not allow you to add widgets when tapping the + icon in the top right corner (while in jiggle mode). iOS 14 problem solved: While we're not going to consider this fully solved until Apple issues an update to fix the known widgets glitch, here's a quick fix we've found: if you open up the app and play around with it first, then close it, you may find that it appears within the widget list after hitting the + icon. iOS 14 won't play YouTube in 4K or picture-in-picture One of the big perks to the iOS 14 update is that you can now play videos in a small rectangular corner window even when you exit a video app. It's called picture-in-picture, and apps including FaceTime use it so you can video chat and browse another app, like your email or Safari, without the video pausing. Picture-and-picture does work with YouTube, but the iOS 14 problem arises if you aren't logged into your YouTube Red account (or down subscribe you Google's paid ad-free service). The same applies for 4K videos on your iPhone – the iOS 14 feature won't work on this specific app unless you're a paid subscriber. Disconnecting from WiFi – Solved Plenty of users have complained on social media and forums about losing WiFi after upgrading to iOS 14, as noticed by MacWorld. Some have pointed out that their connection drops when they lock their screen and put their iPhone into sleep mode, like this user on Apple forums, who claimed to need to manually reconnect to WiFi. iOS14 problem solved: Apple has already rushed out a new operating system update, iOS 14.0.1, that aims to fix issues preventing iPhones from connecting to WiFi networks. Hopefully this particular problem is included in the fix. Switched mail and browser default apps reverting upon reset – Solved One of the most exciting new features in iOS 14 is the ability to set third-party apps as default mail and internet browsers for your iPhone. But in the initial release, some users found that after resetting their phones, their mail and browser apps defaulted to their factory settings – Mail and Safari, respectively. iOS 14 problem solved: The operating system update, iOS 14.0.1, included a fix explicitly for this issue, so hopefully it is resolved for users who have experienced it. (Image credit: Apple) Apple News widget ‘Top Stories’ appears blank – Fixed Some users, like this one on the official Apple forums, have set up widgets for Apple News have seen its ‘Top Stories’ section appear blank, while other sections are populated with content. This issue was seen in other widgets, including Weather and Music. iOS 14 problem solved: Apple expressly added a specific fix to this issue in iOS 14.0.01, which was rushed out a week after iOS 14 was released. It’s unclear if this also fixes issues in other widgets. (Image credit: Future) iPhone 7 camera viewfinder shows black screen – Fixed iPhone 7 owners like this official Apple forum poster are running into an issue with the camera app viewfinder turning completely dark. The user above reported that opening the viewfinder in Snapchat or Instagram resulted in a similar black screen. It’s unclear if it was only affecting iPhone 7 owners or if other iPhones have been affected. iOS 14 problem solved: This issue was supposedly fixed in the rushed-out iOS 14.0.1 update, which specifically addressed the problem. Battery drains faster Some users are reporting that, after installing iOS 14, their batteries have drained at an alarming rate, like this iPhone owner in Apple's official forums. While it's unclear if iOS 14 in particular has caused iPhones to experience more rapid battery loss, this issue regularly happens to some users when they install a new version of iOS. When upgrading to a new version of the operating system, users' iPhones are re-indexing their files and apps so they can find them faster and more efficiently – in other words, this battery drain may just be temporary until your iPhone gets used to the new update. There are other things to look out for if battery loss continues – namely checking if it's lost capacity over time. Head to Settings > Battery > Battery Health to check whether your battery has deteriorated. If so, or if you want to extend battery life generally, there are plenty of Apple-recommended ways to do so, like turning off auto-brightness on your screen (Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations) and manually keeping it at a low setting. You can also turn off apps refreshing in the background (Settings > General > Background App Refresh) and switch off location services within apps (Settings > Privacy > Location Services). Lastly, you can easily toggle off several of the above features just by switching to Low Power Mode (Settings > Battery). 'Jailbroken' warning Gotten a message from an app that warned your iPhone was Jailbroken, like this user on the Apple forums? Don't fret – your app may not have fully updated to iOS 14 and is failing to recognize the new operating system as an official update. Give the developers some time and install the app's next update, if possible, or reach out to them to alert them of the issue if you're still getting the error message. iOS 14 problems: here's how to fix the most common iPhone glitches
  14. iOS 14 is going to let you add captions to your photos at last iOS 14 is going to let you add captions to your photos at last (Image credit: Apple) While the event keynote happened on Monday, Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) has been going on all week, slowly revealing more and more of the features that are appearing in Apple's software updates later this year. One of the iOS 14 features not specifically mentioned by Apple in its keynote was the ability to set a default browser and email client, and now there's another one to talk about: being able to set captions in photos. You can file this under features that have been long requested and that Apple hasn't previously gotten around to adding, but it should be rolling out to iPhones (and we assume iPads) in September or thereabouts. As MacRumors reports, here's how it's going to work: you'll be able to swipe up whenever you're viewing a photo on its own, which will reveal the caption field. You can use location information attached to the picture to help you compose a caption, if you need to. The waiting game While captions were previously accessible through the Photos interface on macOS, it required some digging to get to them, so their introduction on the iPhone is going to be a welcome one for a lot of users. The other improvements coming to the Photos app on iOS 14 are mostly to do with the interface – it should make getting around your photos and playing back Live Photos more straightforward and intuitive. While a developer preview is now available for app makers, the rest of us will have to wait until July if we want to try out the public beta, which you do at your own risk. No specific date has been mentioned for the full launch of iOS 14, but it should be around September. Other changes coming to Apple's mobile operating system for iPhones include widgets for the home screen, a picture-in-picture mode, a new way of sorting through installed apps, a more compact layout for Siri, and plenty more besides. iOS 14 is going to let you add captions to your photos at last
  15. Another iOS 14 bug resets default app settings for the email and browser apps One of the major new features in iOS 14 is the ability to set third-party apps as the default for the email and browser apps. However, a bug in the OS ended up resetting the app defaults to Apple’s offerings every time the device was restarted. The Cupertino giant issued a fix for the issue with iOS 14.0.1. As it turns out, the problem might persist, this time resetting the defaults every time the user-defined apps are updated via the App Store. Twitter user David Clarke posted a video of the behavior (spotted by The Verge) where an update to the Gmail app results in the default email app switching to Apple Mail. The setting for the default browser app supposedly behaves similarly, resetting any defaults set by users. The problem seems to be present on the latest iOS 14.1 update released yesterday. Considering that the issue has been confirmed to affect both the email and browser defaults, it is less likely that the behavior is caused by the apps itself and not the OS. It is possible that the upcoming iOS 14.2 update contains a fix for the problem, though, the release notes for iOS 14.2 Beta 4 do not contain a mention of the issue. For now, users affected by these problems can turn off automatic updates so as to not have to constantly change the defaults every time the apps are updated. Another iOS 14 bug resets default app settings for the email and browser apps
  16. Starting early next year, iOS 14 will require apps to get opt-in permission from users to collect their random advertising identifier, which advertisers use to deliver personalized ads and track how effective their campaigns were. Ahead of this change, The Wall Street Journal reports that advertising companies and publishers have filed a complaint against Apple with France's competition authority, arguing that the enhanced privacy measures would be anticompetitive. According to the report, the complaint alleges that the wording of Apple's permission prompt will lead most users to decline tracking of their device's advertising identifier, which could result in lost revenue. In August, Facebook warned advertisers that the prompt could lead to a more than 50 percent drop in Audience Network publisher revenue. In a statement, Apple reiterated its belief that "privacy is a fundamental right," adding that "a user's data belongs to them and they should get to decide whether to share their data and with whom." Apple said that its own data collection doesn't count as tracking because it doesn't share the data with other companies. Apple already delayed the introduction of the prompt until early 2021 to provide developers with more time to make the necessary changes. In a statement in September, Apple said the prompt will be displayed on an app-by-app basis: We believe technology should protect users' fundamental right to privacy, and that means giving users tools to understand which apps and websites may be sharing their data with other companies for advertising or advertising measurement purposes, as well as the tools to revoke permission for this tracking. When enabled, a system prompt will give users the ability to allow or reject that tracking on an app-by-app basis. We want to give developers the time they need to make the necessary changes, and as a result, the requirement to use this tracking permission will go into effect early next year. In the meantime, users who do not want apps to be able to access their device's advertising identifier can go to Settings > Privacy > Tracking and toggle off Allow Apps to Request to Track. Apple's developer website offers more information about the upcoming prompt. Source
  17. iPhone users are reporting severe battery drain while running iOS 14.2 Many different models affected (Image credit: Future) A month ago Apple pushed out iOS 14.2 across handsets from the iPhone 12 to the iPhone 6S, but the upgrade may not have gone as smoothly as everyone would have liked – plenty of users are now reporting battery drain problems with the updated software. As noted by MacRumors, posts on a Reddit thread and the Apple developer forum are detailing issues with big battery drops on iPhones running 14.2. Plenty of handsets seem to be losing battery charge much more quickly than before. It doesn't seem to be a bug that's affecting every iPhone out there, but older models including the iPhone X and iPhone 11 seem to be more affected – although there is also a mention of an iPhone 12 Pro Max suffering from the problem too. Apple hasn't yet said anything officially about the bug, although it's difficult to judge just how widespread the problem is. If a software fix is required, past history suggests that Apple won't be slow in pushing out an update to everyone affected. Heavy drain One iPhone 11 user reports having to recharge the handset during the middle of the afternoon, whereas previously it ended the day on a charge of around 40%, for example. Others say their iPhones get hot (a sign of an overworked processor) even when doing simple tasks like browsing the web. In the online discussions, suggestions for what might be contributing to the problem range from everything from home screen widgets to Covid-19 tracing apps. However, it seems clear that the iOS 14.2 update is the common factor. While most of the issues being mentioned involve iPhones, it seems that at least some iPads are affected too, with iPadOS 14.2: one message mentions a 2018 iPad Pro suffering from the same battery drain problem, even when it's switched to airplane mode. This isn't the first time that an iOS 14 release has left iPhone owners complaining about battery life: when the software was first pushed out, some users with both an iPhone and an Apple Watch complained about battery life issues. The official fix on that occasion was to reset both devices. iPhone users are reporting severe battery drain while running iOS 14.2
  18. With iOS 14, Apple is finally letting the iPhone home screen get complicated Widgets, hideable pages, App Library, and App Clips: a lot of new concepts for one update Share this story Share this on Facebook (opens in new window) Share this on Twitter (opens in new window) Share All sharing options EightEight years ago, I wrote a piece bemoaning the fact that the iPhone’s home screen was too restrictive and boring. It only allowed a single grid of apps or folders, they had to flow in from the top left, there were no widgets, and even the icons themselves never changed. The title of that piece, the iPhone 5 forecast: a predictable 73 degrees and sunny, became something of a running joke. It was inspired by the icon for the Weather app, which remained exactly the same no matter where you were or what the sky was doing. Through huge screen size changes, complete design overhauls, and an ever-expanding ecosystem of apps, the iPhone’s home screen remained simple. Meanwhile, Windows Phone was experimenting with Live Tiles and Android was letting users throw widgets anywhere they wanted. No more. Apple is finally allowing the home screen on iOS 14 to become complicated. I’m not posting a full preview of iOS 14 today — I’ll wait for the public beta to do that. But I do want to take a close look at the home screen in particular. Apple waited until literally the 14th version of iOS to change the paradigm for the home screen, so it must think these options are worthwhile. (By the way, I don’t recommend you install the developer beta on your primary phone. Or any phone at all unless you are a developer who needs to test apps, actually. A public beta is coming in July and it’s worth the wait. Nothing catastrophic has happened, but there are still plenty of unpolished edges and bugs.) The positive way to talk about the boringness of the iPhone home screen up until now is to point out that it has been simple and trustworthy. No matter what oddity an app would throw at you, you could aways hit the home button (or swipe up) to go to a safe space. That isn’t changing in iOS 14. When you eventually upgrade, all your stuff will be in the same place and nothing will work differently by default. There will be a new section called the “App Library” over to the side, but you are free to pay it no mind. Offering complexity as an option is a tricky thing, but I think Apple has landed upon a good balance. There are four main ways that Apple is adding complication. None of them are a rebuke of the old way of doing things, but all of them require a different and more involved mental model of what it means to use an iPhone. You can place widgets on the home screen in iOS 14 Widgets on the home screen ThisThis is the most prominent change in iOS 14. Widgets can come in three sizes (just like Windows Phone), can be placed in a way that tiles the other icons and folders in a clean grid (just like Windows Phone), and so far are very elegantly designed. Android widgets, by comparison, often look like they are creatures from the 2011 lagoon. To me, though, it doesn’t represent a fundamental shift in Apple’s philosophy of simplicity. We’ve had widgets on iOS before, available in the vertical scrolling “Today” view that’s to the left of your main home screen. (A view, by the way, that is still so much better than the algorithmic dreck that Google and Samsung try to put there.) You can can “stack” them in a clever way that lets you swipe through multiple widgets. If there’s a philosophical shift here, it’s that Apple is gleefully offering so many different options. Three sizes. Putting widgets on the home screen or in the traditional Today view. The option to have stacks be “smart” and algorithmically surface the most relevant one. All of these are things that would have been antithetical to the old home screen’s ethos of simplicity. One interesting note: developers are going to need to remake their widgets if they want them to work on the home screen — but that same code can be reused on the next version of macOS. Apple says that’s because the new widgets are updated on Apple’s schedule and therefore eat up less battery life. On that timeline of widget updates, apps can declare the priority of their new information and that might put them at the top of the smart stack. (Hopefully nobody will abuse that feature.) You can turn entire home screen pages on or off depending on your mood in iOS 14 Jiggle mode and editing pages Look,Look, I’m calling it jiggle mode. Apple SVP of software engineering Craig Federighi called it jiggle mode in Monday’s keynote, so it’s canon now. What’s interesting here is that you can get into jiggle mode in so many different ways. A long press on any icon includes an “Edit Home Screen” button, but you can also long press on a black space on the home screen for the first time. That’s been a feature on Android for ages. It’s one of those things that’s a little undiscoverable but wildly useful. I bring up jiggle mode because there’s another undiscoverable but wildly useful feature hidden in there: “Edit Pages.” If you tap on the navigation dots above your dock, you get a fly-out view of all the pages on your various home screens — again, just like you can do on many Android phones. But Apple added something new and unexpected here: checkboxes. You can hit a checkbox to turn a page off without deleting everything that’s on it. It seems like a weird feature until you realize you can use it to customize your phone for different contexts. You could have a page (or three) set up for work, but when it’s time for the weekend you could uncheck them and hide all those apps in exchange for a weekend page. It’s really well done and something I haven’t seen executed to this degree of simplicity anywhere else. App Library WidgetsWidgets are flashy, but the App Library is the thing that represents the more fundamental shift for Apple. It’s a bucket where all of your apps live, categorized by Apple. What this means is that your home screen has been split in two: a series of home pages you customize yourself and a single page that lists all of your apps. That means that your home screen(s) could have two or even three ways to find your app: in an icon you placed, in the App Library, or even from a widget. If you’re an iPhone user, this is going to feel foreign and strange. If you’re an Android user, this is old hat. Android has had a separate home screen and app drawer since it was first released. I hope that Apple’s take on this concept evolves over the course of the betas. As it stands, App Library is a somewhat maddening experience. Apple automatically groups your apps into categories that sometimes make little sense and there’s no way to change them. There are not enough visual indications that tapping on the big icons opens an app directly while tapping on the little ones opens up the category. Apple handled the potential confusion of uninstalling apps vs removing them from the home screen fairly well, though. Now, the “x” icons are minus symbols, and tapping one pops up a very clear dialog box with very clear options for what will happen next. Most of all, I’m just relieved that I can finally get rid of the “Apple Junk” folder that’s sat on my last home screen ever since folders were introduced on the iPhone. App Clips AppApp Clips are like Instant Apps on Android — little mini versions of apps you can use without having to go through the folderol of installing something through the App Store. They need to be smaller than 10MB and they show up in your App Library with a little dotted line around them to denote their temporary status. They disappear automatically after 30 days unless you go in and manually convert them to full apps. Think of them as living in between the extreme transience of a browser tab and the frustrating “why is that still on my phone” permanence of an app on your home screen. They can do things web pages can’t, but are less burdensome than real apps. I don’t have the time (or maybe the emotional wherewithal) to get into all the issues App Clips and Instant Apps raise. I dropped a small Twitter thread with some gestures to why I wish that these kinds of apps weren’t necessary — and maybe I’ll get into it for real another time. For our purposes here, it’s just important to note that App Clips add yet another layer of metaphorical complexity on top of the already-more-complex home screen / App Library split. Will users understand what an App Clip is or why they might care? Will they know why some icons in their App Library have dotted lines? Will they be confused when those apps disappear? I think that these questions will end up being lower stakes than they may seem at first blush. But I also think it’s fascinating that Apple is willing to make a UI that raises those questions in the first place. That just doesn’t happen very often on the iPhone. Simple by default, complicated by choice AllAll of the above could change before iOS 14 is released. Apple could tweak the App Library, jiggle mode could get invoked in a new way, widgets could come in yet more sizes. Hell, Apple could finally allow you to put an icon at the bottom of a home screen instead of forcing everything to pack in from the top left. Just kidding, that would be madness! (Sigh.) What’s more important than any of these preliminary impressions is the overall observation: Apple is finally letting the iPhone home screen get complicated. I’m using precise wording here: “letting.” The complicated new UIs and metaphors Apple is putting into the home screen are totally optional. You don’t need to actually learn any of this stuff if it all seems unnecessary to you — and more power to you. iPadOS, by comparison, has made text selection and windowing get complicated — they’re harder to avoid. iPadOS doesn’t seem to do anything to fix that. Ironically, so far as I know neither inline widgets nor the App Library are coming to iPadOS, which means the iPhone now has a more complex home screen than the iPad. Apple has fully swung from a years-long obstinate refusal to change up the iPhone home screen to stacking multiple new ways of thinking about these little icons all on top of each other in a single release, all at once. Apps not only can appear in multiple places, but there are multiple kinds of apps and widgets. Home screen pages can be toggled on and off. Apple usually takes years to build up to these new interface metaphors. But with the iOS 14 home screen, they’re all landing at once. I’m glad they’re finally here and I’m glad that you can choose to ignore most of them if you prefer. Mostly, though, I wish that it hadn’t taken over eight years to get here. With iOS 14, Apple is finally letting the iPhone home screen get complicated
  19. 6 new iOS 14 features Apple didn't tell you about at WWDC 2020 We're learning more about iOS 14 every day iOS 14 (Image credit: Apple) While plenty of things were announced at WWDC 2020, the lion’s share of upgrades were dedicated to iOS 14, but deeper dives have revealed even more features that weren’t introduced on Apple’s digital stage. While we’re expecting iOS 14 to come out alongside the iPhone 12, many (if not all) of the features hinted below should be usable on every other iPhone getting the update (every phone newer than the iPhone 6S). Which is exciting, as these are helpful and unexpected improvements. Double-tapping the phone back For example, there’s a feature that will let you double-tap or triple-tap the back cover of your iPhone as a shortcut – think of the custom buttons on some Android phones that you can remap to your own custom function, as Droid Life describes it. Actually, this feature was supposedly discovered during an earlier Android 11 developer preview, though it hasn’t made it to that OS’ public beta. Looks like Apple beat it to the punch. Sound Recognition: accessibility-related alerts Another unexpected feature is actually pretty neat: in Settings > Accessibility, there’s now a section called Sound Recognition wherein you can choose which sounds you want your iPhone to notify you about – like fire alarms, smoke sirens, doorbells, and so on. And following Apple’s precedent for privacy, all the listening and audio processing is done on-device, as 9to5Mac points out. Extensive back button It's also worth calling attention to the fact that you’ll be able to long-press the back button to return through multiple layers of menus at once. It’s not game-changing, but it should ease those deep dives into Settings submenus. (Image credit: Apple) Stackable Widgets Other new features discovered after WWDC 2020 are actually extra perks on top of the ones we saw during the presentation, but that doesn’t make them less exciting. For instance, Widgets made a big splash when Apple introduced them – expansive mini-looks at first-party apps, like Weather and Fitness. But despite taking up chunks of your home screen, they won’t clog it up: apparently they’ll have ‘Smart Stack,’ which intelligently stacks multiple widgets atop one another depending on certain factors like time of day, according to 9to5Mac – or you can customize what’s in your stack and swipe through them. Maps tracks traffic cameras Likewise, the improvements to Maps will certainly please eco-friendly commuters, as the app is expanding its navigation options to include cycling as well as plan trips between electric vehicle stations. But another neat perk: Maps will tip off users to up coming speed and/or traffic cameras, per Apple Insider. It’s unclear if this will let users add their own reports or add other road conditions, which would make Maps more seriously compete against the Waze app. Change the default from Mail and Safari Lastly – at least until more surprise iOS 14 features are discovered – you can now set third-party browsers and email apps as your defaults, per CNET. Which is a welcome breath for those of us who aren’t huge fans of Mail and Safari. 6 new iOS 14 features Apple didn't tell you about at WWDC 2020
  20. iOS 14's new accessibility feature notifies users of sounds like sirens and doorbells Apple unveiled iOS 14 yesterday at its annual developers’ conference. The update brings with it some highly requested features such as an app drawer (called App Library), widgets on the home screen, picture-in-picture, and more. While the company demoed some features during its keynote, a lot of the minor yet significant features such as ‘Back Tap’ are being discovered as users install and use the developer betas. Now, another useful accessibility feature that has been spotted in the OS is ‘Sound Recognition’. Reddit user Jsmith4523 posted a video (spotted by The Verge) of the feature in action, where once turned on, it recognizes a dog barking sound played on another phone next to the device and serves a notification to the user. It can identify a host of sounds such as the doorbell, a knock on the door, smoke detector alarms, and more. These sounds are then relayed to the user through the way of a notification, something that will be useful for those with hearing difficulties. Android users might be familiar with the feature, as Google’s Live Transcribe app on Android provides similar options. On iOS, however, the feature is baked into the OS and provides users with the ability to set notificaitons for 14 different sounds. iOS 14 will be released to the public in the fall. The update will be made available to all devices running iOS 13. iOS 14's new accessibility feature notifies users of sounds like sirens and doorbells
  21. iOS 14 will finally allow users to change their default email and web browser apps Apple has caved in to one of iOS users most requested features (Image credit: Future) Apple has finally caved in and with the release of iOS 14, iPhone users will finally be able to change their default web browser and email apps. For some time now, iOS users have wanted to change their default web browser from Safari and their default email app from Apple's Mail app. Google's mobile operating system Android already allows users to do this and with the release of iOS 14 this fall, Apple users will finally be able to do so as well. Currently when you click on a link in an app, it will always open in Safari by default. You can open links in other browsers such as Google Chrome but doing so is not as easy as a simple press. The same is true with Apple's Mail app when you tap on an email address on a webpage. Default apps During its WWDC 2020 keynote, one of the slides showed off by Apple, revealed that users will be able to change their default browser and default email app in iOS 14. Despite this being a long-requested feature, the company only mentions it briefly at the bottom of its iOS 14 preview page, saying: “Set default email and browser apps. With iOS 14, you can set a third-party app as the default email or browser app systemwide.” One of the reasons that Apple may have decided to finally allow users to change their default email and browser apps is due to the fact that the company is facing a major antitrust investigation concerning supposedly illegal practices with its App Store in the EU. By making its own apps open by default in iOS, the company is making it more difficult for rival services to compete on its operating system. Regardless of why Apple made its decision, iPhone and iPad users will be able to benefit from the change this fall with the release of iOS 14. iOS 14 will finally allow users to change their default email and web browser apps
  22. Apple Pushes Back Against Ad Tracking in Safari and iOS 14 [and iPadOS 14] At WWDC, the company detailed a litany of privacy-friendly improvements to its software. Photograph: Apple As a company that still makes the majority of its money selling hardware, Apple is perhaps less interested in tracking and monetizing your activity than other tech giants. Over the years it has pitched this as a competitive advantage, emphasizing that its products are designed to prioritize privacy. As the company detailed in its pre-taped Worldwide Developers Conference keynote Monday, Apple will double down on data protection in its upcoming iOS 14, macOS Big Sur, and Safari releases. The improvements largely focus on who can access and share your data, when, and why. After years of increasingly opaque innovations from social networks, marketing firms, and advertisers who all want to track and monetize your online behavior, Apple's emphasis on transparency could help users take back some control. But even a company as large and moneyed as Apple doesn't have a panacea for every privacy woe. Going on Safari Safari had already established its bona fides as a privacy browser as recently as 2018, when it took a strong stand against ad trackers, chiefly by making it difficult for them to "fingerprint" your device as you browse around the web. In macOS Big Sur, Safari will include a specific "Privacy Report" to break down what specifically Safari is blocking and give you more insight into which trackers are cropping up in your daily browsing. Additionally, Apple will now support more browser extensions in Safari and make it easier to find them in the Mac App Store. But the company also seems acutely aware of the risk that rogue extensions have posed to other browsers, given the expansive permissions they often receive to access your data and view whatever you're doing online. So Safari will include granular controls that let you dictate which extensions work on which websites—that way they don't necessarily all have access to everything all the time. Photograph: Apple Apple also said that its privacy-focused single sign-on product "Sign in with Apple" has been used to make more than 200 million accounts since its debut at WWDC a year ago. The company is adding a feature that will make it easier for people to convert their existing online accounts into versions managed by Sign in with Apple. Apple's Safari will also start checking any passwords you store in the browser—without sharing them with Apple—and can alert you if any have been compromised in a data breach. iOS 14 [and iPadOS 14] Apps on Notice Apple's tracking controls will extend to iOS 14 more broadly as well. A version of its "Intelligent Tracking Prevention" for Safari will give iPhone and iPad users more control over clandestine tracking not just within their browser, but between apps. "This year we wanted to help you with tracking in apps," said Katie Skinner, a user privacy software manager at Apple during the keynote. "We believe tracking should always be transparent and under your control. So moving forward, App Store policy will require apps to ask before tracking you across apps and websites owned by other companies." In iOS 14, you'll see a prompt when an app is trying to track you across other services. You'll have the option to "Allow Tracking" or "Ask App Not to Track." It's notable that "asking" seems different from "blocking," but Apple says in its notes to developers that they will need this permission from users to conduct external tracking. An Apple spokesperson specifically told WIRED that if a user doesn't consent to tracking, the app won't be able to access a type of identifier often used in targeted advertising and other tracking called the IDFA identifier. This would likely be similar to invoking the existing iOS feature "Limit Ad Tracking," which zeros out a user's IDFA number, but doesn't preclude tracking with other identifiers. Apple lists two exceptions through which an app can track a user without permission: when an app is sharing data locally on a user's device with another app but never leaves the device in an identifying way, and when the data will be used for fraud detection and prevention or other security protections. While any step toward reducing inter-app tracking is significant, the new framework likely won't resolve the problem of online tracking overnight. "It’s an improvement, but I'm unsure how well it will actually work," says Will Strafach, an iOS security researcher and creator of the Guardian Firewall app for iOS. "I can tell you now, bad actors will run wild with the 'not sent off the device in a way that can identify the user or device' caveat. Tracking companies have hidden behind that excuse for years. Unless Apple suddenly gets a whole lot more aggressive about how they screen apps, this will only be helpful when developers are willing to be honest." A similar issue comes up with another new privacy feature. In an attempt to make it more clear what data an app will collect, Apple will add a tailored breakdown on App Store product pages that lists different privacy considerations. Developers will need to detail which types of data the app collects and whether it will be connected to a user's identity for tracking. Developers will also have to spell out the third-party software development kits and other modules incorporated into their apps, what those components do, what data they collect, and how it will be used. On Monday, Apple compared these charts to nutrition labels, an approach to sharing transparent security and privacy information that some researchers have found effective. But developers will self-report what data they're collecting and whether there is any tracking going on in their apps, a major limitation of the labels if developers aren't fully candid. Other changes are more concrete, though. Beginning with iOS 14, you'll see an indicator in the status bar when an app is using your device's microphone or camera, much like the green light that goes on when a MacBook's built-in webcam is in use. And you'll be able to share an approximate location with apps, within about 10 miles, rather than giving away more precise data. This way apps can pinpoint you down to the city you're in rather than the block. You can already cobble together some of the privacy protections Apple announced on Monday through other operating systems and browsers. But it's still a challenge to get everything together in one place. With these and other cumulative improvements, Apple seems determined to make a bid for the most privacy-friendly offerings out there. Apple Pushes Back Against Ad Tracking in Safari and iOS 14
  23. iOS 14 has a new home screen with widgets, a redesigned Siri view, and more There’s also a new Translate app and new group chat features Apple has announced iOS 14 onstage at WWDC 2020, giving the first (official) look at the latest version of its software for the iPhone, and it’s bringing the biggest change to the iOS home screen in years: widgets. Widgets come in a variety of sizes and can still be viewed in the Today view, but in iOS 14, Apple allows widgets to be added to the main Home screen to live right alongside your apps. To add them, there’s a new “widget gallery” where users can easily add and customize widgets. There’s also a new “Smart Stack” widget that automatically shows relevant apps based on the time of day. Apple also announced a new “App Library” view that automatically organizes apps into groups and lists. Thanks to that new App Library view, Apple allows users to now hide apps on their “main” home screen. It looks pretty similar to Android’s app drawer, but with some additional smart grouping features — like automatically pulling out all your Apple Arcade games into one batch. In another new feature, Apple is adding system-wide picture-in-picture to iOS videos. Much like on macOS, videos will hover over apps and can be adjusted in size or collapsed into the side of the display to continue playing in the background. It’ll also work with FaceTime calls, too. Apple is also launching a new “App Clip” feature, which are speedy, card-based snippets of apps that let you access small parts of apps when you need them without requiring users to install a full app. Examples given included accessing a parking app through an NFC tag, or a coffee store’s reward program. App Clips support Sign In With Apple to avoid having to make new accounts, can be accessed again through the new App Library, and work with Apple Pay. To go with App Clips, Apple is launching a new QR-code format that uses both visual codes and NFC to access App Clips quickly. Also coming in iOS 14: the long-requested option to users to set their own default email and browsers, although Apple hasn’t provided too many details on how that works just yet. Siri also has a new view: instead of taking over your whole screen when you activate the digital assistant, there’s just a small overlay at the bottom of the display of the animated Siri icon. There are also new features: Siri can now send audio messages in addition to just dictated messages. Similar, incoming phone calls and FaceTime calls will also appear with a less obtrusive new pop-up, instead of taking over the entire screen. Apple also announced a new Translate app that will be built into iOS, which — much like Google Translate — will allow users to easily translate between languages. Users will be able to enter text in or dictate messages and have them translated into 11 languages. English, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese,Korean, Arabic, Portuguese, and Russian will all be supported at launch. Messages is also getting new features: in iOS 14, you’ll be able to pin important contacts and conversations to the top of the Messages app to easily talk to your favorite friends or group chats. There are also new Memoji accessories — including an apt face mask option. Apple is also adding new threaded conversations in group chats and mention notifications to ping specific people in the chat. Apple Maps is getting new, curated guides from companies like Zagat or AllTrails to give better recommendations for new places. Maps is also getting support for cycling, with dedicated directions for bike-riding that takes into account elevation, bike paths, stairs, and roads. Cycling will launch in NYC, LA, San Fransisco’s Bay Area, Shanghai, and Beijing. There’s also a new EV Routing feature, which will track the current charge of your car, factor in elevation and weather, and route you to compatible stations. Apple’s working with BMW and Ford, although no specific cars were announced. CarPlay is getting support for custom wallpapers and new app categories: parking apps, EV chargers, and fast food takeout apps. Apple is also adding support for NFC car keys with iOS 14, with the 2021 BMW 5 Series set to be the first to support the feature. NFC passes are stored in Apple’s Secure Enclave for security and can be shared to other iOS users, giving them temporary access to your vehicle. The new car key feature will also be coming to iOS 13, and to make sure you won’t get locked out of your car, it’ll use a special power reserve feature to allow access up to five hours after your phone has died. The Home app is also getting new features, including support for “Adaptive Lighting,” which allows for compatible smart lights to adjust color temperature over the course of the day, and facial recognition for HomeKit security cameras. There’s also a host of smaller features, too. Safari on iOS 14 will now inform you if one of your passwords has been leaked in a data breach, similar to Chrome. Developers now have an option to share subscriptions through Family Sharing. Game Center is getting a new design. And there’s a new “Sleep mode” that turns on do-not-disturb, dims your phone’s screen, and shows your upcoming alarm for morning. The last few iOS updates have been very hit-or-miss, with last year’s notoriously problematic iOS 13 following the incredible solid (from a performance standpoint) iOS 12, which in turn brought much-needed stability to the buggy iOS 11. iOS 14 will be out this fall, but a developer preview will be available to Apple Developer Program members starting today, with plans for a public beta for all iOS users in July. iOS 14 will work on the iPhone 6S and up — the same devices that supported iOS 13. Developing… we’re adding more to this post, but you can follow along with our WWDC 2020 live blog to get the news even faster. iOS 14 has a new home screen with widgets, a redesigned Siri view, and more
  24. Apple adds CarKey function to iOS14, BMW will support it first The near-field communication standard has been available on Android for a while. Enlarge / The answer to Beenie Man's eternal question is "my iPhone." Apple 50 with 22 posters participating, including story author On Monday, Apple revealed a new feature in iOS 14 that will allow (some) users to ditch the keys to their car. It's called CarKey, and it's Apple's implementation of the Car Connectivity Consortium's Digital Key Release 2.0 standard, which was finalized in early May. The idea is pretty simple. You pair your phone with your car—assuming your vehicle supports this new standard—and from then on you can use the device to unlock and start your car. The digital key communicates with your car via near-field communication (NFC) and is stored in the same secure enclave that your iPhone uses to store credit cards. That means it's protected by Face ID or Touch ID, although there is an Express Mode option that allows you to skip authentication. And since it's a digital key, it can also be shared with other iOS users the way you can share other items in your iOS wallet. However, you don't need Internet access for it to work, so there shouldn't be any worries about being locked out of your car if you take a trip to the boonies. Although this is the first time Apple has implemented this connected car tech, it's not a new idea. BMW will be the first carmaker to support Apple CarKey when the face-lifted 5 Series goes on sale in July, but the German OEM has already offered an Android version for some time now via its BMW Connected app. In fact, NFC keys are all the rage in the industry. Tesla, for example, switched to using an NFC card instead of a more conventional remote fob with the introduction of the Model 3 sedan several years ago. As we reported in 2016, Volvo started playing around with digital keys—including the ability to share them with other authorized users—with its digital concierge service. And digital keys enabled a 2015 pilot program in Germany that turned the trunk of your Audi into a locker that DHL could use to drop off your Amazon packages. Truth be told, some people have been expecting this addition to iPhones for a while. People noticed references to the CarKey API in iOS 13.4 earlier this year. And a BMW press release from December 2019 included a quote from Olaf Müller, head of Development Digital Access Systems at BMW, saying that the brand's "customers want cross-vendor interoperability." Since the tech was already available on some Android models, logically Müller must have been referring to iOS. Many OEMs other than BMW are members of the CCC, including Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault, Rivian, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. So it's reasonable to expect this technology to start showing up on models other than the BMW 5 Series before too long. (Tesla is not a member of the CCC, however.) And the group is currently working on finalizing its Release 3.0 spec, which will use Bluetooth Low Energy and Ultra Wideband to "enable these new location-aware features for Digital Key and to allow secure positioning with accuracy equal to or better than existing passive key fobs." Apple adds CarKey function to iOS14, BMW will support it first
  25. YouTube's mobile site now supports iOS 14's picture-in-picture even with no Premium account Picture-in-picture (PiP) mode was one of the newest iOS features introduced by Apple when it announced iOS 14 in June. For YouTube's mobile site users, it had allowed them to watch a video on Safari on top of other tasks they could do on their iPhone at the same time. However, that capability disappeared last month, except for those with YouTube Premium subscriptions. Now, YouTube's mobile website appears to be supporting the native PiP mode on iOS 14 once again even if you don't have a Premium account. You can turn it on by expanding a video into a full screen view and then tapping on the small PiP icon on the top-left corner. You can then minimize Safari and open other apps while the YouTube video plays in a small window. The feature also works on non-Apple browsers including Chrome and Firefox. That said, picture-in-picture remains unavailable on YouTube's mobile app since it must be explicitly enabled by the app itself. There have been rumors, though, that this capability was recently tested on the video sharing platform's iOS app. For now, iOS 14 users will have to settle with playing YouTube videos in PiP mode on its mobile website. Source: MacRumors via The Verge YouTube's mobile site now supports iOS 14's picture-in-picture even with no Premium account
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