iOS 14 build that revealed some of the new features for Apple’s mobile operating system this year

02 Jul

Apple has finally decided to introduce the first beta version of its own iOS 14 to the app developers. It is characterized by some of the innovative and breakthrough features which will certainly create new opportunities for iPhone app development services. Some of these features are:

  1. Modified Home Screen

Essentially iOS 14 is quite expected to keep almost all of its design aspects from the previous iOS versions without any major redesign. However, it doesn’t actually mean that it won’t be having any of the interface refinements. As per the leaked code obtained by few publications, it is evident that iOS 14 will certainly include a new home screen page which actually allows users to easily see all app icons in a list view. Also, this list view will contain various sorting options to showcase only apps with the unread notifications, most of the recently opened apps along with smart suggestions from Siri as per the daily usage.

Also, this particular feature might essentially be similar to the present Apple Watch app list view. However, it will have advanced sorting options available. Even it is working on home screen widgets. Rather than pinned widgets on iPad OS 13, the latest widgets will be duly able to be easily moved around, similar to the app icon. But this particular feature actually seemed to be quite an early stage of implementation. Also, it is quite possible that Apple may scrap it before its public release. Mobile app development services should keep a lookout for this feature.

  1. Changes in Wallpaper 

The iOS 14 will also feature innovative and redesigned wallpaper settings panel that includes the default wallpapers which are separated by collections like Classic Stripes, Flowers, Earth and Moon. Rather than showing all of the wallpaper together, the users will be quite able to easily scroll through every section to readily find a specific wallpaper with ease.

Also, developers should be quite able to offer wallpaper collections and even integrate them into iOS Settings through the new Wallpaper API that is available to third-party applications. The users will even have the option to define a particularly smart, dynamic wallpaper which will only be utilized on the home screen. Such dynamic wallpapers contain a flat colour, along with gradients as well as a dark version which is based on the current wallpaper.


  1. Better Accessibility

In iOS 14, the users will be quite able to receive alerts in case the iPhone detects certain sounds such as sirens, fire alarms, doorbells and much more. The entire system will translate these different alerts into haptics for people who actually have hearing loss.

Also, the camera will detect the hand gestures to easily reproduce few specific tasks all across the system as well as code also points to the latest accessibility feature called as “Audio Accommodations” that can easily improve audio tuning over the EarPods or AirPods for people that have moderate to mild hearing loss. An iOS app development company can target people with hearing disability by inculcating these features.

  1. Immersive AR 

Basically, Apple is currently developing the latest app internally known as “Gobi” which will duly allow the users to get more information regarding what they are actually seeing around them via augmented reality. The iOS 14 code also reveals that Apple is currently testing its own new AR system with Starbucks and Apple Stores such that people would be easily able to use the iPad or iPhone camera to learn more about a given product.

Such new AR features are actually supposed to be duly released to the developers via ARKit, such that they can easily create their own interactions with the actual real environment.

  1. Additional HomeKit Controls

Apple’s HomeKit is being updated with iOS 14. Essentially, the system will be featuring “Night Shift to Light” that includes the inherent ability to easily change the temperature of light of various compatible lights during the entire day in an automatic fashion similar to Night Shift does on the Mac, iPhone and iPad displays.

Also, Apple is expected to readily expand its HomeKit Secure Video system that will easily be able to identify a specific person on the camera like different family members, such that you will be receiving custom notifications.

  1. CarKey

Basically, the CarKey API has actually been under development for some time, but the feature is duly expected to be introduced with the upcoming iOS 14. CarKey allows the users to unlock, lock as well as start a car utilizing an iPhone or even an Apple Watch.

The entire pairing process will actually be done through the entire Wallet app with the different NFC-compatible cars since users only have to hold the device near their vehicle to use it as a regular key. iOS code also hints that the Car Keys can easily be shared with different other people like family members. The drivers can easily invite them via the Wallet app to readily access to the key on their Apple devices. A mobile application development company needs to introduce this feature in its new iOS apps.

  1. Enhancements in Apple Maps

Moreover, Apple Maps will be showing much more details regarding the Apple Stores as well as hardware repair availability in the near future. With the introduction of iOS 14, the users will easily be able to check the overall availability of the Genius Bar services at every Apple Store directly from the Apple Maps. Also, the app will readily inform users, for instance, whether a particular store provides screen as well as battery repairs on the very same day.

Along with this, the Apple Maps will even highlight places which have seating for the couples along with a discount for children as well as private rooms and even movie theatres with IMAX sessions.

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  1. Much More Advanced iCloud Keychain

In case of iCloud users who don’t wish to subscribe for a particular paid password manager such as 1Password, it is found that Apple is currently testing few major changes to the entire iCloud Keychain on the new iOS 14. Also, the users will be readily warned about the different reused passwords such that they can easily avoid utilizing the same password on various sites for security reasons.

Also, there will be the latest method to save the entire two-factor authentication passwords such that the users will be quite able to log in on different compatible websites utilizing only the given iCloud Keychain without email, SMS or other less secure ways. Hire iPhone app developers who are well-versed with this feature.

  1. Innovative Clips API

Apple is also working on a new method to provide specific parts of various third-party applications across the system without requiring to have them duly installed. Also known as Clips, internally, this particular new API would allow the developers to offer interactive as well as dynamic content from their own apps even in case the users haven’t actually installed them.

Also, the Clips API is related to the QR Code reader directly such that the users will be quite able to easily scan a code linked to any app and then readily interact with it directly from a card which will actually appear on the screen. Also, the developers will have to specify which particular part of the app needs to be downloaded by iOS as a typical Over-The-Air package in order to read the content. 

  1. Inbuilt Translation

Apple’s Safari will be getting an inbuilt translator feature with iOS 14 that will allow the users to easily translate web pages without utilizing any of the third-party app or services. Also, this particular feature should be activated automatically for web pages in various languages as well as translation will be duly processed by the Neural Engine locally.

The entire translation option is also getting tested with different apps like the App Store. In such a case, iOS will also translate app descriptions and reviews from different users if these were actually written in different languages. 

  1. ‘Find My’ alerts

Find My app of Apple was revamped with iOS 13 that allows the users to easily track lost devices and even share their own location with friends and family. Now, with the iOS 14, it is expected to receive another great update, as Apple is planning to introduce custom alerts, AR mode and much more.

Also, the updated app will even include a completely new option to readily receive an alert whenever someone doesn’t arrive at any specific location at a given scheduled time of the day. Even, the new alert options will also include being notified whenever a contact leaves a particular location before a given set time which can be quite useful to monitor children.

It will also work with the augmented reality, which will allow the users to be able to locate a lost device or friend visually utilizing augmented reality for more precise and accurate directions from close locations.

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  1. Keyboard Brightness Shortcut

The Magic Keyboard, as well as Smart Keyboard of Apple which was designed for iPad, actually lack function keys that can easily be a downside as the users need to readily access the Settings app or the Control Centre to change the brightness of the screen or keyboard backlighting.

In the iOS code, it is suggested that there is the existence of new keyboard shortcuts in order to change the iPad’s screen brightness or even the keyboard’s backlight. It is also believed that the actual brightness function keys will be fully adjustable as modifier keys but with different shortcut combinations. Even though this is already tested with the iPadOS 13.5.5 beta internally, it is believed that these new shortcuts may be actually introduced with the latest iPadOS 14. Cross platform app development should consider this feature.

  1. OS Recovery

In case an iPad or iPhone store working, then it is generally necessary to easily restore the actual firmware of the device utilizing a Mac or a PC. However, Apple is testing the latest feature called “OS Recovery” which will allow the users to restore an iOS device directly and by connecting it through USB to another iPad or iPhone, which is similar to how Apple’s Migration Tool actually works.

It is supposed to work like the macOS Internet Recovery that has been readily available for years and even allows the users to reinstall the entire operating system over the internet without actually requiring another computer nearby.

Conclusion

Without major design changes, the iOS 14 is duly expected to bring numerous new features to readily enhance the entire user experience. Right on the Home Screen, the iOS 14 features are more likely to include widgets as well as a new list view. Also, the Accessibility Improvements are quite welcome, and the entire HomeKit enhancements will certainly make the overall integration between the devices quite seamless. Even the new AR system will prepare the operating system of Apple for its upcoming AR headset along with the CarKey APLI making life easier for those who actually own a compatible car.