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iOS 14 Home Screen

Apple today released the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates for all compatible iPhones and iPads to the public. The updates pack a number of new features and changes including some major usability improvements.

Apple has been testing iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 as a beta since WWDC 2020 in June this year. The final release comes after the eighth beta builds and should be relatively stable compared to the mess that the initial iOS 13 builds were. Below is a look at some of the top new features in iOS 14.

Widgets on Home Screen

The redesigned home screen experience is perhaps the highlight of the iOS 14 update. After years, Apple has finally given the home screen on iOS a major revamp greatly improving its usability. So, how exactly is Apple doing that? By adding widgets support on the home screen. This means you can now have widgets not just on the Today screen of your iPhone but on the home screen as well. One can have multiple widgets on a home screen and the widgets are resizable as well.

You can also create a Smart Stack of widgets which basically allows you to stack widgets on top of each other. You can switch between widgets by swiping up/down on them. They will also change depending on the time of the day. This way, you can have multiple widgets on your home screen while they will still occupy the space for only one.

Read: iOS 14: The Complete Guide to Customizing Your iPhone’s Home Screen

App Library

You can do away with the home screen pages and switch entirely to a list-based app view called App Library. The feature will automatically categorize your apps and put them in relevant groups. Using App Library, you can cut down on the number of home screen pages and still quickly access the apps you want in a couple of taps.

App Clips

To avoid having to install an app for every little task, Apple is debuting a feature called App Clips with iOS 14. This will allow users to open a selected part of an app on their device without having to install it. App Clips are under 10MB in size to ensure that they open quickly. They also have ‘Sign in With Apple’ and Apple Pay integration so you can quickly pay for your coffee or parking without having to install the app first.

Picture in Picture

Taking a cue from iPadOS, Apple is finally getting around to adding Picture in Picture support in iOS. This is a big deal as you can now continue your FaceTime or WhatsApp video call while browsing the web or using any other app. Similarly, you can also use PiP in apps like Netflix.

Picture in Picture might not sound like a big deal, but it will go a long way in greatly improving the overall experience of doing video calls or streaming videos on your iPhone as you will no longer have to stop anything else that you are doing.

iPhone iOS 14 Picture in Picture

Compact Siri UI

Siri is not only getting smarter in iOS 14, but it is also getting a usability improvement in the form of a new compact UI. This will ensure that the digital assistant does not take up the entire display of your iPhone whenever it is triggered. You can now also use Siri to send audio messages to your friends.

Improved Safari

Safari is getting both smarter and faster in iOS 14. Apple claims up to 50% faster JavaScript performance improvement in Safari on iOS 14 compared to Chrome for Android. Additionally, the browser can now translate websites in up to seven different languages.

There are plenty of other new changes and improvements in iOS 14. You can read about all the new iOS 14 features here. The full set of iPadOS 14 features can be found here.

Before you go ahead and install iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 on your iPhone or iPad, you should prepare your device for the update. The first thing you should do is create a backup in case something goes wrong during the installation process.

Read: iOS 14 Release: How to Prepare Your iPhone | iPadOS 14 Release: How to Prepare Your iPad or iPad Pro

Download iOS 14

You can install the iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 update on your iPhone or iPad by going to the Settings app followed by General -> Software Update. Make sure your device is connected to a speedy Wi-Fi network and it has at least 50 percent battery power before starting the installation process. To install watchOS 7 on your Apple Watch, you will first have to install the iOS 14 update on your iPhone as the update will show up for your wearable only after that.

If your iPhone or iPad is already running the IOS 14 or iPadOS 14 Golden Master build, you will not get an OTA update to the iOS 14 public build today. This is because both builds are the same.

Read: Will Your iPhone Get the iOS 14 OTA Update If Its Running iOS 14 GM or Public Beta?

Once you have prepared your iPhone or iPad for the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, follow our guides below to know you can install the update easily.

In case you want to do a manual install of iOS 14 on your iPhone and want the IPSW files, you can download it from below.

iOS 14.0 (iPhone 6s): iPhone_4.7_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone 6s+): iPhone_5.5_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone SE): iPhone_4.0_64bit_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone 7 GSM+CDMA): iPhone_4.7_P3_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone 7+ GSM+CDMA): iPhone_5.5_P3_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone 7 GSM): iPhone_4.7_P3_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone 7+ GSM): iPhone_5.5_P3_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone 8 GSM+CDMA): iPhone_4.7_P3_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone 8 Plus GSM+CDMA): iPhone_5.5_P3_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone 8 GSM): iPhone_4.7_P3_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone 8 Plus GSM): iPhone_5.5_P3_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone X GSM+CDMA): iPhone10,3,iPhone10,6_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone X GSM): iPhone10,3,iPhone10,6_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone XS): iPhone11,2,iPhone11,4,iPhone11,6,iPhone12,3,iPhone12,5_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone XS Max (China)): iPhone11,2,iPhone11,4,iPhone11,6,iPhone12,3,iPhone12,5_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone XS Max (Global)): iPhone11,2,iPhone11,4,iPhone11,6,iPhone12,3,iPhone12,5_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone XR): iPhone11,8,iPhone12,1_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone 11): iPhone11,8,iPhone12,1_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone 11 Pro): iPhone11,2,iPhone11,4,iPhone11,6,iPhone12,3,iPhone12,5_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone 11 Pro Max): iPhone11,2,iPhone11,4,iPhone11,6,iPhone12,3,iPhone12,5_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw
iOS 14.0 (iPhone SE 2): iPhone12,8_14.0_18A373_Restore.ipsw

iOS 14 How-Tos

After installing iOS 14 on your iPhone, you can go through our detailed guides on how to use some of its new features.

iOS 14 Release Notes

The full iOS 14 release notes from Apple is as follows:

iOS 14 updates the core experience on iPhone, includes significant app updates, and other new features.

All-new widgets
– Redesigned widgets can be placed right on the Home Screen
– Small, medium and large widget sizes allow you to pick the amount of information to display
– Widget stacks make the most of your Home Screen space and the Smart Stack uses on-device intelligence to surface the right widget at the right time
– Widget gallery includes all available widgets to browse and choose from
– Redesigned Apple widgets for Weather, Clock, Calendar, News, Maps, Fitness, Photos, Reminders, Stocks, Music, TV, Tips, Notes, Shortcuts, Battery, Screen Time, Files, Podcasts, and Siri Suggestions

App Library
– The App Library automatically organizes all of your apps into categories
– The Suggestions category uses on-device intelligence to show apps you’re likely to be looking for based on factors like time of day or location
– The Recently Added category shows apps that were recently downloaded from the App Store, as well as App Clips that were recently launched
Ability to hide Home Screen pages to get to the App Library even faster by tapping on the dots at the bottom of the screen while in jiggle mode

Compact design
– Incoming Phone and FaceTime calls appear as a banner at the top of the screen
– Siri has a compact design that allows you to refer to information onscreen and seamlessly launch into your next task
– Picture in Picture enables watching a video or taking a FaceTime call while you use another app

Messages
– Pinned conversations keep up to nine of your favorite message threads at the top of the list
– Mentions let you direct a message to an individual in a group conversation
– Inline replies let you reply to a specific message and see all related messages in their own view
– Group photos can be customized for a shared group look

Memoji
– 11 new hairstyles and 19 new headwear styles to customize your Memoji
– New Memoji stickers to send a fist bump, hug or blush
– Six added age options
– Face covering options

Maps
– Cycling directions provide routes along bike lanes, bike paths, and bike-friendly roads, taking into consideration elevation or how busy a street is
– Guides offer recommendations for places to eat, meet friends, or explore, curated by a selection of trusted brands
– Electric vehicle routing helps you plan trips with supported electric vehicles and automatically adds charging stops along your route
– Congestion zones help you route around or through active zones in cities like London or Paris
– Speed cameras let you know when you’re approaching speed and red-light cameras along your route
– Refine Location enables a highly accurate location and orientation when in urban areas with a poor GPS signal

App Clips
– An App Clip is a small part of an app that developers can create and that is discoverable at the moment you need it, and focused on a specific task
– Small by design, App Clips are usable in a few seconds
– Discover App Clips through tapping NFC tags or scanning QR codes, from Messages, Maps, and Safari
– Recently used App Clips show up in App Library’s Recently Added category, and you can download the full version of the app if you want to keep it around

Translate
– The new Translate app is designed for conversations and can work completely offline so your conversations stay private
– A split-screen design in conversation mode has a single microphone button that automatically detects which of the selected languages is being spoken and transcribes the original and translated text on the correct sides of the screen
– Attention mode shows translations in larger text so you can capture someone’s attention
– Voice and text translations are supported for any combination of 11 languages

Siri
– A new compact design allows you to refer to information onscreen and seamlessly launch into your next task
– Expanded knowledge brings 20x more facts than three years ago
– Web answers help find answers to a broader set of questions using information from across the internet
– Audio messages can be sent with Siri on iOS and CarPlay
– Expanded language support for the new Siri voice and Siri translation

Search
– One place where you can find everything: search for apps, contacts, files, quick information like weather and stocks, common knowledge questions about people or places, or even quickly start a web search
– Top Hit results show the most relevant information including apps, contacts, knowledge, points of interest and websites
– Quick Launcher allows you to launch an app or website by typing a few characters
– As-you-type search suggestions show more relevant results as soon as you start typing
– Web search suggestions to launch Safari and get the most relevant web results
– Start a search in apps like Mail, Messages and Files

Home
– Suggested automations help you set up automations with just a tap
– A visual status at the top of the Home app gives you a summary of accessories that require your attention
– Dynamic suggestions of the most relevant accessories and scenes appear in Home controls in Control Center
– Adaptive Lighting automatically adjusts the color of your smart light bulbs throughout the day to maximize comfort and productivity
– Face Recognition for video cameras and doorbells uses on-device intelligence to let you know who is there based on the people you’ve tagged in your Photos app and recent visitors you identify in the Home app
– Activity Zones for video cameras and doorbells captures video or sends you a notification only when motion is detected in areas you define

Safari
– Improved performance with an even faster JavaScript engine
– A Privacy Report shows cross-site trackers that are being blocked by Intelligent Tracking Prevention
Password monitoring securely screens your saved passwords for any that may have been involved in a data breach
– Web page translation (beta) translates entire web pages in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Russian or Brazilian Portuguese

Weather
– Next-hour precipitation chart shows a minute-by-minute forecast of the intensity of rain or snow over the coming hour for the U.S.
– Severe weather information displays government-issued alerts about certain severe weather events including tornados, winter storms, flash floods and more, for the U.S., Europe, Japan, Canada, and Australia

AirPods
– Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking on AirPods Pro places sounds anywhere in space, creating an immersive surround sound experience
– Automatic device switching transfers audio from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac
– Battery notifications let you know if you need to charge your AirPods

Privacy
– A recording indicator is displayed whenever an app has access to the microphone or camera
– Approximate location can now be shared with an app, rather than sharing your precise location
– Limited Photos library access gives you the option to share only selected photos with an app whenever an app asks for access
– App and web developers can now offer the option for you to upgrade your existing accounts to Sign in with Apple

Accessibility
– Back Tap is a quick way to trigger accessibility features by tapping on the back of your iPhone
– Headphone accommodations amplify soft sounds and adjust certain frequencies, customized for an individual’s hearing
– Sign language prominence in FaceTime detects when a participant is using sign language and makes the person prominent in a Group FaceTime call
– Sound Recognition uses on-device intelligence to detect and identify important sounds such as alarms, and alerts you to them using notifications
– VoiceOver Recognition uses on-device intelligence to recognize elements on your screen to improve VoiceOver support for app and web experiences
– Image descriptions read complete-sentence descriptions of images and photos within apps and on the web
– Text recognition speaks the text identified within images and photos
– Screen Recognition automatically detects interface controls to aid in navigating apps
– This release also includes other features and improvements.

App Store
– Important details about each app are displayed in a glanceable, scrollable view, including a way to see the games your friends are playing

Apple Arcade
– Coming Soon gives you a sneak peek at upcoming Apple Arcade games and you can automatically download them as soon as they’re released
– See All Games is improved with sorting and filtering by release date, updates, category, controller support and more
– Achievements are browsable right from within the Apple Arcade tab
– Continue Playing makes it easy to resume recently played games across devices
– Game Center dashboard showcases your profile, friends, achievements, leaderboards and more, all from within your game

Apple Cash Family
– Apple Cash can be enabled for up to five family members under 18
– Send money to your child through Messages or by asking Siri
– Notifications for purchases or person to person payments as they occur
– Parental controls to limit who your children can send money to
– Option to turn off Apple Cash for family members under 18
– Shared oversight with another adult in your Family Sharing group

Augmented Reality
– Location Anchors in ARKit 4 enables apps to place AR experiences at a specific geographic coordinate
– Extended face tracking support is extended to the new iPhone SE
– Video textures in RealityKit enable apps to apply video to any part of a scene or virtual object

Camera
– Improved shot-to-shot performance speeds up the time to first shot and makes shooting photos even faster
– QuickTake video can now also be captured on iPhone XS and iPhone XR when in Photo mode
– Quick toggles in Video mode to change video resolution and frame rate from the Camera app
– Updated Night mode capture experience on iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro provides guidance to help you stay steady throughout the capture, as well as an option to cancel the shot mid-capture
– Exposure compensation control lets you lock an exposure value for an entire camera session
– Mirror front camera lets you capture selfies that match the front camera preview
– Improved QR code reading to scan codes, even if they are small or wrapped around objects

CarPlay
– New categories of supported apps for parking, EV charging, and quick food-ordering
– Wallpaper options
– Share ETA and send audio messages with Siri
– Horizontal status bar support for cars with portrait screens
– Chinese and Japanese keyboard support gives users an additional option to search for points of interest

FaceTime
– Improved video quality with up to 1080p resolution on iPhone X and later
– New eye contact feature uses machine learning to subtly adjust the position of your eyes and face to make video calling more natural even – when you’re looking at the screen instead of the camera

Files
– APFS encryption support for external drives

Health
– Wind Down helps you create a pre-bedtime routine with apps and shortcuts, like listening to a relaxing playlist
– Custom sleep schedules help you meet your sleep goals with bedtime reminders and wakeup alarms
– Sleep mode minimizes distractions during Wind Down and Bedtime by turning on Do Not Disturb and simplifying your Lock screen
– Health Checklist helps you track and manage health and safety features in one place
– New Mobility category in the Health app, including metrics like walking speed, double support time, step length, and walking asymmetry

Keyboard and International
– On-device dictation helps protect your privacy by performing all processing completely offline. Dictation in search uses server-based – dictation in order to recognize terms you may be searching for from across the Internet.
– Search within the Emoji keyboard using a word or phrase
– Keyboard displays AutoFill suggestions from Contacts for email addresses, phone numbers, and more in apps
– New dictionaries for French-German, Indonesian-English, Japanese-Simplified Chinese, and Polish‑English
– Wubi input method for Simplified Chinese
– Autocorrection support for Irish Gaelic and Norwegian Nynorsk
– Redesigned Japanese Kana keyboard with easier input for numbers
– Mail supports email addresses using non‑Latin languages

Music
– A new Listen Now tab for playing and discovering your favorite music, artists, playlists and mixes
– Autoplay keeps music playing when you reach the end of a song or playlist by finding similar songs to play
– Search now showcases music for your favorite genres and activities, and shows helpful suggestions as you type
– Library filtering helps you find artists, albums, playlists and other items in your library even faster

Notes
– Enhanced actions menu provides easy access to locking, scanning, pinning and deleting
– Top Hits in search surfaces your most relevant search results
– Pinned Notes list can be collapsed or expanded
– Shape recognition enables drawing perfect lines, arcs and other shapes
– Enhanced scanning captures sharper scans and more precise auto-cropping

Photos
– Filter and sort your collection to more easily locate and organize your photos and videos
– Pinch and zoom to quickly find your photos and videos in more places, like Favorites and Shared Albums
– Photos and videos caption support
– Live Photos taken using iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 will autoplay with improved stabilization in Years, Months and Days View
– Memories enhancements provide a more relevant selection of photos and videos and a larger music selection for Memory movies
– Redesigned image picker in apps uses the same smart search from the Photos app to help you easily find content to share
– Podcasts
– Listen Now is smarter and includes your personal episode queue and new episodes picked for you

Reminders
– Assign reminders to people you share lists with
– New reminders can be created from the lists screen without having to enter a specific list
– Smart suggestions let you add dates, times and locations with a tap
– Personalized lists with emoji and newly added symbols
– Rearrange or hide smart lists

Settings
– Option to set your default email and web browser

Shortcuts
– Starter Shortcuts let you get started with a built-in folder of shortcuts, tailored for you
– Shortcuts automations are suggested based on your usage patterns
– Folders let you organize your shortcuts and can be added as widgets to the Home Screen
– New compact design for running shortcuts keeps you in context while you use another app
– New Automation triggers can run shortcuts based on receiving an email or message, your battery level, closing an app and more
– Wind Down Shortcuts provide a collection of relaxing shortcuts to help you get ready for a good night’s sleep

Voice Memos
– Folders help organize your Voice Memos recordings
– Favorites lets you mark your best recordings and quickly access them later
– Smart Folders automatically group together Apple Watch recordings, recently deleted recordings and recordings you marked as Favorites
– Enhance Recording reduces background noise and room reverberation


If you are facing any issues while installing iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 update on your iPhone or iPad, drop a comment and let us know about it.