iOS 14: updated interface, compact dialer and ligh applications
During the annual developer conference WWDC 2020, Apple introduced a new version of the iOS 14 mobile operating system. There are a lot of changes in it, so the company called it "experimental". So, for the first time in the history of iOS, the home screen was redesigned.
As expected, the widgets were redesigned in iOS 14. Now you can change their size and place them directly on the home screen next to the app icons. By default, all widgets are still located on a separate screen on the left, but you can move them from there to another location if you want. A smart widget is also now available, with content that changes depending on the time of day and other conditions.
The second major change to the user interface was the App Library. Apple understands that there are too many apps, and their traditional location on the desktop is outdated. Therefore, a new screen was added to iOS 14, located at the very end on the right. All applications are automatically grouped into categories on it.
The top part of the App Library always displays recommended programs that may be useful to the user at the moment, as well as recently opened applications. In addition, frequently used software is shown on the folder of each category, which allows you to quickly launch them. At the top of the screen, there is a search, which opens a full list of all installed apps with alphabetical navigation.
Next comes the picture-in-picture mode that many expect. It allows you to watch videos or talk over a video link in a small window displayed on top of other apps. It can be freely moved around the screen and resized. In addition, you can hide this window by swiping it to the side. At the same time, the sound continues to play, and the window itself can be "pulled" back at any time.
A noticeable redesign has touched the voice assistant Siri. When it is activated, the window no longer opens to the full screen. Instead, an animation is displayed at the bottom while the user dictates their request. Siri displays all information as notifications at the top of the screen.
Apple not only updated the Siri interface but also “pumped” the capabilities of the assistant. In particular, the translator function was improved, for which an independent application appeared in the system. With it, people from different countries can communicate with each other in different languages, and the system will automatically translate.
A significant innovation is App Clips-mini versions of the usual apps. Today, almost every company, restaurant chain, and so on have their own programs. Apple has come up with lightweight versions of apps that are no more than 10 MB in size. These programs are launched once on the device only when they are needed. NFC tags, special QR codes, and other technologies can be used to activate them. For example, in a cafe, you can scan a special tag to quickly open a local app with a loyalty card. Or it could be software for renting a bike. Apple promises to provide developers with convenient tools for creating such applications.
Probably, one of the most anticipated changes was the updated "dialer". When an incoming call is received, the information about it is no longer displayed on the entire display, blocking the ability to use the device. Instead, a small notification appears at the top of the screen with the option to answer or reject the call.
Apple has also updated standard applications. For example, in the "Messages" appeared group chats, customization of chats, and new "emoji". In the "Maps" added guides, routes for bicycles, barrier-free routes, display of charges for electric cars. CarPlay now has the ability to customize the background and create virtual car keys. The first machine to support this feature will be the BMW 5 Series 2021. The user will just need to bring the smartphone to the car's handle to open it, and then put the phone on the charging station to start the car.
Apple also updated the iPadOS to version 14. The operating system for tablets supports most of the changes introduced in iOS 14. In addition, for the first time, users will be able to assign default email and browser applications. iPad also introduced Scribble technology, which automatically converts handwritten text into print. So, the system now has the ability to enter text in any field using the Apple Pencil. At the same time, the analog of Spotlight from macOS debuted on iPadOS - a universal search through which you can not only search for information but also work with applications.
The release of iOS 14 and the updated iPadOS is expected in the fall. Beta for developers will be available from today, and a public beta will be released in July.
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