Apple has officially released its next iPhone and iPad operating system today and there are a lot of changes coming to your iPhone and iPad thanks to the introduction of “iOS 14” and “iPadOS 14.”
iOS 14 brings about some important features that users had long been asking for. It changes a lot of the interface elements that you daily interact with.
Moreover, it gets easier and way less annoying to use your iPhone and iPad with the new release.
Prime among those features is a new list view on the home screen that allows sorting apps in a list instead of the same old grid deadlock.
The regular, old home screen is still there, but you can easily get rid of it and use the App Library instead.
It uses Siri suggestions paired with machine learning to suggest apps and categorize them in different sections so that they are easy to access. Furthermore, the feature also arranges your apps in a list so that you can access them in alphabetical order.
Another important iOS feature that users had been asking for and that Apple announced on stage is the ability to set third-party apps as default. However, it seems to be limited to only browser and email apps.
iOS 14 also brings a new app feature called App Clips that’ll let developers provide snippets of their apps when you need them instantly.
You’ll just need to scan or tap on a proprietary QR code to access the snippet. Interestingly, Apple says developers need to maintain the snippet’s size below 10MB in order to be qualified.
iPadOS 14 also received some love at the event today. As a result, there’s now support for handwriting-to-text as a part of an improvement to the PencilKit SDK that Apple provides developers. But there’s more to the iPad than just that.
That said, just like previous iOS releases, this year’s onstage announcement didn’t cover everything. A lot of iOS features have gone under the radar, per usual. And it’s my job to uncover them for you. Read along for a list of 243 changes coming to your iPhone and iPad.
Here are the 243 new features coming to your iPhone and iPad in iOS and iPadOS 14.
Reading Tip: Important and big changes have been marked boldly to distinguish them from the smaller changes in iOS 14. This list is minimally organized for better readability. Sometimes, less is more.
iPad-centric features and changes (iPad OS)
Shape recognition with Apple Pencil.
Smart selection that allows you to select handwritten text.
Introduction of data detectors within handwritten texts. Now, you’ll be able to simply jot down addresses and contacts with your Apple Pencil in handwriting format and access them later with the regular UI.
Introduction of a new Scribble feature that lets you scribble with an Apple Pencil in text fields, similar to a feature prominent on Windows tablets.
New toolbars that improve user experience by not obstructing everything on the screen.
Introduction of Depth API that aims to provide better depth measurements with the help of the LiDAR scanner on the latest iPad Pros.
Universal search, just like how macOS’ search looks and works.It’s also compact.
You can now scratch to delete using the Apple Pencil.
Introduction of app sidebars, making it easy to navigate within apps.
Top hits in the Notes app.
Live Photo playback is now more stabilized.
New actions menu in the Notes app.
Support for Chinese handwriting conversion alongside English.
Ability to set third-party email and browser apps as default.
New popovers that dismiss when interacting with other elements of an app.
New pull-down menus within supported apps.
Date picker in Calendar and Contacts will now be offered in the form of a calendar instead of the old scroll interface. It’ll make the action of date selection much quicker.
Ability to make space between handwritten text.
Improved object occlusion on the iPad.
Redesigned sidebar in the Files app.
A new emoji popover menu lets you enter emoji when using a hardware keyboard with your iPad.
The Music app now supports full-screen lyrics and queues on the iPad.
New screenshot editing options on iPadOS 14 including an opacity slider.
Markup tool has been updated and now includes an advanced color picker.
The Shortcuts app on the iPad also has an updated interface with a Sidebar.
The iPad keyboard icon when an external keyboard is connected shows additional options to add emojis, dictation, and the option to enable the on-screen keyboard.
Apple pencil floating dock shows up when writing with an Apple Pencil in a text field.
The Field test internal application that can be summoned using special dialer codes is redesigned on iOS 14.
You can now scrub between home screens by holding the page dots.
The initial iOS setup interface is now improved with a bolder design.
You can now hide pages on the home screen.
The battery widget turns orange for a device that’s under low power mode.
Swiping away an incoming call will put a phone icon in a corner beside the notch on the status bar.
Improved interface with rounded corners within individual contact pages in the Phone app.
You can long-press on the back buttons to directly jump to a higher level in the hierarchy.
New universal Apple Watch-esque loading animation within iOS 14.
There’s an updated interface for the magnification feature.
New Clock UI with emphasized buttons.
Swiping down on the CallBar will expand it into full screen.
Notifications that arrive during an incoming call are now stacked below the CallBar.
You can now long-press anywhere on the screen to conjure app jiggle mode on the home screen.
New system-wide popup menus.
Widget editing button removed on the widgets page.
Delete buttons during the app jiggling interface on the home screen changed to “-” from “x”
The most relevant result in spotlight search will now be highlighted with a blurred backdrop.
Contact lists are redesigned and now have a more minimal interface with shorter divider lines between elements.
New animation when you edit and save a screenshot from the quick screenshot interface.
Slightly updated notification banner animation. The notification banner now also stays a second longer than on iOS 13.
iOS 14 animations seem much smoother than before.
RAM Management has improved.
Siri now has 20X more facts than it had three years ago.
Siri can now fetch information from the web and offer it to you within answers to the questions you ask. Think of it like Google’s search engine snippets, only in Siri’s interface and accessible through voice.
You can now send audio messages with Siri.
Siri can now share ETA from Maps with a contact when commanded.
New Siri voice is now extended to languages across several regions.
New copy and paste actions added to the Shortcuts app.
New show notes folder action within the Shortcuts app.
New Apple Watch actions within the Shortcuts app.
Time of Day automation now asks before running the toggle.
The Shortcut app is redesigned alongside folder support.
New automation routine in the Shortcuts app in relation to receiving a mail or a message.
New Translate app
Messages received new group conversation features including inline reply threads and natural tagging (i.e. without using “@”)
Added ability to pin iMessage conversations at the top. However, you’re only allotted nine pins.
Group member icons in iMessage groups now displayed in a new interface with member icons growing in size depending upon who’s active.
App Clips introduced.
Guides in the Maps app provide more smart options.
Support for cycling directions with intuitive information like steps and elevations.
Introduction of EV Routing, which is an excellent feature for owners of electric vehicles.
Ability to assign reminders to others in the Reminders app.
Ability to create folders and favorite voice memos in the Voice Memos app.
Voice Memos app now allows users to reduce background noise and echo from recordings with a single tap.
New “Home Screen” tab in the Settings app.
New “App Clips” tab in the Settings app that allows you to manage installed App Clips.
Introduction of Conversation mode within the Translate app.
Offline translations within the new Translate app.
Ability to save favorite translations in the Translate app.
Introduction of an attention mode within the Translate app that makes the translated text easy to see.
The Home app now offers automation suggestions for new HomeKit accessories.
Introduction of Home status that offers you quick actions for HomeKit-enabled accessories.
You can now define activity zones within security camera streams to get updates if motion is detected in that area.
With machine learning, HomeKit-enabled cameras will be now able to recognize faces and provide notifications accordingly.
Safari can now translate websites in seven different languages on iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.
Safari will now warn you if a password you are using is insecure.
New privacy report option allows you to see what websites track about you.
You can swipe through important details like ratings, age limit, developer info, and app size in an improved interface in individual app pages in the App Store.
Search within App Store now features spell-check enhancements.
Editorial collections now appear in App Store search results.
App Store search results now show other data points along with apps. For example, the search term “photo editor” shows developers that have the search term in their name alongside Apple Watch apps and editorials containing the search term.
Ability to see what your Game Center friends are playing on Apple Arcade within the Apple Arcade tab in the App Store.
Game Center now has an improved interface.
Game Center now lets you play multiplayer games over WiFi or Bluetooth with friends nearby.
New Sleep experience in the Health app.
New hearing features within the Health app that “help you understand how loud you’re listening to media through headphones and how that could impact your hearing over time.”
New Health checklist feature.
Addition of new data types for mobility, health records, symptoms, and ECG.
Addition of option to toggle “Picture-in-Picture” on or off within the General tab in the Settings app.
The Weather app now supports indications of severe weather events alongside minute-by-minute precipitation forecast over the hour in the US.
The Maps app now has support for Congestion zones in select cities.
New “Refine Location” feature that intensifies your location when you’re in urban areas with poor GPS signals.
Maps will let you know when you approach a speed camera along your route with the option to view individual cameras as well.
You will be given the option to download App Clips after using them.
Game Center features a new achievements tab with an intuitive design.
You can now sort and filter Apple Arcade games in the App Store by release date, category, controller support, and more.
The files app now supports APFS encryption.
The Health app features a wind-down for sleep feature that creates a personalized bedtime routine for you making it easier for you to fall asleep at night.
iMessage now shows localized full-screen effects in India.
Mail app now supports sending and receiving emails with addresses containing Indian script.
New “Listen Now” tab in the Music app.
At the end of a song or playlist, Apple Music continues playing songs it thinks are similar to the one you were listening to just before.
Search in the Music app is improved. It now showcases suggestions based on genre, mood, and activity.
The Music app now offers library filtering.
The pinned section in the Notes app is now collapsible.
The Notes app now lets you quickly change the text to bold, italics, title, heading, and more when you touch and hold the “Aa” button.
The documents scanner in the notes app is enhanced and has more precise autocropping.
New “Listen Now” tab in the Podcasts app.
Ability to add a new reminder right from the list screen, without having to enter a specific list.
The Reminder app now automatically suggests dates and locations which it has learned from previous reminders of a similar kind.
Ability to edit multiple reminders at once.
You can personalize lists within Reminders with emoji.
iOS 14 now suggests you reminders within the mail app based on contextual information within emails.
Ability to organize smart lists in the Reminders app.
Improved search within reminders app, allowing you to find reminders by searching for people, locations, and detailed notes that you might have added in the past.
Reminders app has an enhanced calendar picker.
The Weather app will now notify if there is a prediction of significant shifts in the weather.
Safari now supports the WebP image format.
iMessage typing animations in the conversations pane are added.
Updated screen to filter messages in the iMessage app.
Shortcuts app now features better Shortcuts organization.
The shooting star full-screen iMessage effect is removed.
The Apple Music app now features a redesigned dynamic music playing interface that’s similar to the lyrics interface prevalent before iOS 14.
There’s a new Memoji icon in the iMessage app.
Safari now displays a new “Recently Closed” UI.
You can now set different bedtime alarms for each day.
App Clips are automatically removed after 30 days.
The Feedback app has also gained a new UI.
There’s a redesigned Calendar app home screen on iPhone.
Safari has got redesigned context menus, for instance, the actions menu in the bookmarks tab.
The Weather app now shows highs and lows below the current temperature.
The Weather app also displays a percentage for the probability of rain next to future weather forecasts.
Swipe from left to go back to the now playing screen from the lyrics tab in addition to swiping down.
The alarm setting interface is now a keypad instead of a virtual flicker switch.
Addition of track duration bar to lyrics view while playing music in the Music app.
More tabs in the Music library including compilations, composers, and music videos in the Music app.
Bedtime scheduling is now moved to the health app and is no longer offered in the clock app.
The Look Around feature in Apple Maps now lets you snap photos of a skyline to accurately pinpoint your location in dense areas. Only available in select cities.
Introduction of filtering and sorting functions in the Photos app.
Time to the first shot and shot-to-shot performance is faster while snapping pictures in the Camera app.
Ability to lock exposure while simultaneously locking camera focus for a specific shot in the Camera app.
iPhone 11-style Camera app control QuickTake will now also be available on older iPhones including the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.
All iPhones and even the iPad now features quick toggles to adjust the framerate in video mode within the Camera app.
Added option to cancel Night Mode captures midway for iPhone 11 and the 11 Pro.
New gyroscope indicator for Night Mode allowing users to stay on point.
New option to capture Burst shots by pressing the volume up button and QuickTake video by pressing the volume down button.
You can now capture mirrored selfies using the front camera in iOS 14. Simply enable the feature within the camera settings in the Settings app.
The camera will now be able to read QR codes with better success rates.
You can now add captions to photos and videos in the Photos app.
The “Memories” feature in the Photos app is also enhanced.
The image picker in Safari, Mail, and other third-party apps is now overhauled.
Redesigned album interface in the photos app. Specifically, album titles are less striking and less obstructive; and there’s also a dedicated “plus” button to add photos to the album.
The Photos app now shows a percentage while analyzing a library of photos.
A small green dot appears in the status bar when the camera is running; be it any app.
Increased zoom-in capability on Photos inside the Photos app.
Privacy & Security
Added privacy information about individual apps on the App Store.
Introduction of recording indicators in the status bar indicating that an app is using either the microphone or the camera. Orange for the microphone and green for the camera.
Apps can now let users upgrade their existing accounts to “Sign in with Apple.”
Ability to share only your approximate location instead of your exact location.
You can limit how much access you provide to an app developer to your photo library.
New Privacy alerts for better control over your privacy.
You can now enable “use private address” under WiFi settings in the Settings app.
A new “local network” pane now exists under Anonymity settings in the Settings app.
AirPods Pro will support spatial audio.
Introduction of battery notifications that will indicate when you need to charge your AirPods.
Automatically switch between different Apple devices.
New Headphone Accommodations feature introduced allowing you to adjust how the AirPods sound to your liking.
Audio sharing on AirPods has extended support for the Apple TV.
AirPods now show volume in decibels in the Control Center.
AirPods now have a battery optimization feature.
HomePod automatically pauses when it detects that the last person has left the house.
Car Keys introduced, allowing you to unlock supported cars using just your iPhone.
Car Keys also allows sharing authority to others and choosing what permissions you want to grant.
Car keys will work for five hours after your iPhone’s battery runs out.
Newer iteration of ARKit — ARKit 4 — paving the way for progressive augmented reality apps.
New AR video textures.
HomeKit lightning accessories now receive support from iOS to enable adaptive lightning, meaning lights can automatically change color depending on the time of the day; similar to the true tone display feature on iPhones and iPads.
You can now set different wallpapers in CarPlay.
CarPlay now supports new app types including parking, electric vehicle charging, and quick food ordering.
App subscriptions on the App Store can now be shared among family members via Family Sharing.
You can start playing an Apple Arcade game on one device and continue playing it on another.
ARKit 4 introduces location anchors for developers.
Expanded support for face tracking on devices with an A12 chip and later.
A new, MINDBLOWING accessibility feature that iOS 14 brings is the Back tap feature that allows you to double-tap or triple-tap on the back of your iPhone to perform specific actions such as take a screenshot or open the app switcher. You can add shortcuts too.
Third-party apps will be able to provide support for the compact call UI.
Most relevant results are now showed first as a part of Top Hit results.
Search will quickly launch apps if you simply press “Go” midway of searching the app.
You can now perform web searches right from the native search bar. The results will open in the default browser.
New face-covering Memoji.
Detailed maps are coming to Canada, Ireland, and the UK this year.
CarPlay can now have a horizontal status bar for portrait displays.
FaceTime will also support Picture-in-Picture for video calls.
FaceTime now supports 1080p resolution for video calls on supported devices.
FaceTime will now detect a person using sign language and make them prominent in a group FaceTime call.
FaceTime will improve eye contact during video calls even when you’re looking at the screen.
Support for bilingual dictionaries for additional languages.
Ability to download Apple TV+ shows, software updates, and Indian Siri voices in India.
Ability to reduce loud sounds by capping the decibel level within iOS settings.
iOS 14 will listen for certain sounds that you enable within Accessibility settings in the Settings app and notify you when the sound is played in the surrounding.
Sleep mode also displays the Apple Watch battery level.
The “Passwords and Accounts” tab is changed to only “Passwords” and provides direct access to iCloud Keychain in the Settings app. Mail and other accounts have been moved to the Mail tab.
iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 will show a popup notification if you copy a string of text from the clipboard and paste it into an app.
There’s an option to change the call UI back to full screen in the Settings app.
The Settings app will feature an indication if your device is carrier-locked or otherwise.
The Research pane in the Privacy settings in the Settings app is renamed to “Sensor and usage data for research.”
The Xbox Elite Series 2 controller is now supported.
Complete gaming controllers support in iOS 14.
The FindMy app adds support for third-party products and accessories with the new FindMy network accessory program.
FaceID authentication in the App Store now lets you authenticate by using Assistive Touch instead of double-clicking the power/Siri button.
Addition of player profiles in Game Center.
New player dashboard and highlights showcasing your achievements in Game Center.
New Multiplayer UI.
Further, these are the devices that will receive iOS 14 in September alongside new iPhones:
Which devices extend support for iOS 14?
iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone XS Max
iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone SE (1st generation)
iPhone SE (2nd generation)
iPod touch (7th generation)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
iPad Pro 10.5-inch
iPad Pro 9.7-inch
iPad (7th generation)
iPad (6th generation)
iPad (5th generation)
iPad mini (5th generation)
iPad mini 4
iPad Air (3rd generation)
iPad Air 2
Stay tuned and let me know your favorite iOS 14 feature in the comments section below.