Here Are The Hidden Features & Changes On iOS 14 And Beyond

Apple yesterday previewed iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur, watchOS 7, tvOS 14, and all five operating systems are jet-packed with features. In addition to those major new features and changes, there are also some hidden ones that went unmentioned.

iOS 14: 

  • You can now set default third-Party mail and browser apps in iOS and iPadOS 14
  • Emoji search is now possible in iOS 14, same interface as the one on the Mac
  • Health Checklist in the Health app lets you manage health and safety info in one place
  • QuickTake feature expanded to Apple's 2018 iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max
  • Maps lets you know nearby speed cameras and red-light cameras along your route
  • Updated interface for the magnification feature
  • Files app now supports external drives that use APFS encryption
  • FaceTime gains a new picture in picture option, lets you do other things while having a call
  • Quick toggles for changing video resolution and frame rate now available on all iPhones
  • New setting for capture mirrored selfies that reflect the front camera preview
  • A new Control Center toggle for Sound Recognition, alert you when certain sounds are detected
  • New Sleep Mode Control Center toggle that turns on Do Not Disturb and the screen goes darker
  • Favorite HomeKit scenes now show up in the Control Center for quick access
  • Podcasts app gained a new Up Next feature and recommended content
  • Voice Memos app have a new Enhance Recording feature, which improves the sound quality of the recordings with a tap
  • Apps in iOS 14 need to ask permission to find and connect with devices on the local network
  • Customizable Home screen settings in the Settings app
  • Overhauled Music app, includes a new Autoplay feature that automatically finds new music when you reach the end of a song or a playlist, and Now Playing background shows album art from the current artist playing
  • Reminders app introduced a new Quick Entry option as well as smart suggestions
  • Photos app gets new options to filter and sort, Captions can be added to photos and videos
  • Find My app added supports for third-party products, a hint for AirTag?

HomePod Software:

  • Adds support for third-party music services, including Spotify, Pandora, and more
  • HomePod will now announce when a HomeKit-connected doorbell has been rung

iPadOS 14

  • Widgets in iPadOS 14 limited to Today View in Landscape Mode, widgets in iOS 14 can be pinned on the Home Screen

macOS Big Sur

  • Apple no longer uses macOS 10 versions, as macOS Big Sur is listed as version 11.0
  • The new WebP image format officially supported for the first time in Safari

tvOS 14: 

  • You will be able to watch YouTube videos in 4K resolution
  • Audio Sharing for AirPods coming to the ‌Apple TV‌
  • Picture in picture support, watch videos and do other things at the same time
  • There will be new multiuser support for gaming
  • A new option to view ‌HomeKit‌ video feeds
  • Supports additional controllers like the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and Xbox Adaptive Controller.

watchOS 7:

  • Support for Force Touch dropped in watchOS 7

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