As promised yesterday during its online launch event, Apple today unveiled new software updates for its mobile devices, TV boxes and portable items. Therefore, iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14 and watchOS 7 are now available for all supported devices.
iOS 14 brings widgets to the home screens, as well as the App library (do not call it an “app download”) that categorizes all your apps, enabling you to degenerate your home screens. This is the biggest change to the iOS home screen since its first release. You can also change the default browser and email programs.
Incoming calls and Siri get a new compact user interface that does not take up as much of the screen capture as before, and you can watch a video or take a FaceTime call while using another Picture-in-Picture app. App clips only load the parts of an app that are needed, while Messages now allow you to pin conversations to the top of the list for easy access.
Maps have cycling directions, electric vehicle routes, and the new Guides provide a list of places to visit in a city. You can choose to share only the estimated location with apps and not the exact location, and you get more transparency regarding the use of your microphone and camera through an app. From next year, all applications must obtain permission before being tracked.
Oddly enough, widgets are still limited to the Today View in iPadOS 14. With the tablet-specific version of Apple’s new software, you get Apple Pencil enhancements, new sidebar designs of the app, and the same compact call and Siri interface.
Scribble automatically translates your handwriting into text when you type in any text field, and you can also scratch to remove it and to select to select. iPadOS 14 also recognizes dates, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses in the handwriting so you can use them easily.
tvOS 14 offers better integration with HomeKit accessories, support for 4K videos on YouTube and enhanced multi-user (also now working for Apple Arcade and Game Center) and Picture-in-Picture video.
watchOS 7 has long received support for sleep tracking, sharing of watches and of course some new watch faces. Multiple complications are now supported for a single app and with Wind Down you can set up a bedtime routine.
Sleep mode automatically disables the screen of your Apple Watch and activates Do Not Disturb. When you wake up, you get a haptic alarm and weather report. Handwashing has also been built in and the newly renamed Fitness app has a better user interface (expecting the Fitness + service to be launched later this year).