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We are already getting the features of iOS 14 which we absolutely love.

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After installing iOS 14 On your iPhone ($ 699 on Amazon), You may ask yourself, where do I even begin? Okay, you’re in for a treat. Apple’s update has a glimpse of new features that will change the way you use your phone – for the better. In many ways, it is Apple’s most involved visual face lift in years.

From an Android-like app drawer for iMessage improvements and Widgets for your home screen, There is a lot to start.

If you haven’t updated yet, Take some time to get your iPhone ready before you install iOS update. Below you will find six of my favorite features and how to get started with them iOS 14.

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1. Tag someone in a text conversation

Updates to Apple’s own messaging apps are primarily focused Group iMessage Conversation.

what: You can now tag someone in a conversation when you want to get their attention (useful for large groups), and reply directly to the message, creating a thread in your conversation. You should get timely response.

How: Tagging someone in a group corner should be as simple as typing the @ symbol after their name when in a chat. An in-line reply is made by long pressing on a message and selection reply.

2. Pin a conversation at the top of the message

what: Pinning a conversation to the top of your Messages app means you don’t have to scroll through a long list of contacts and group conversations to find your favorite contacts. This is especially useful if you have an out-group, such as a family chat or friend chat that you talk about every day, or if you are planning a long-term event like a group watch party .

How: You can pin a contact or conversation to the top of your conversation list by swiping right on any thread.

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Pin your favorite contacts or conversations to the top of your messaging app.

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3. Apple now has its own Translate app

what: Instead of using Google’s translation app on your iPhone, iOS 14 has a baked-in translation app that will allow you to change text and even just hold a conversation with someone who speaks a different language. You can translate English, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Portuguese and Russian.

How: You have two options as soon as you open the app. You can type the word or phrase you want to translate, or tap on the icon of a microphone at the bottom of the screen to use voice-to-text. Once you are done, the app will translate what you said in the language of your choice. This is especially useful if you are asking someone a quick question or even want to hear an accent.

To catch an ongoing conversation, change the phone to landscape mode and tap on the same mic icon – you don’t have to press and hold.

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Forget Google Translate, Apple now has its own app.

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4. A more organized home screen with app library

Ever wished Your iPhone had an app drawer like AndroidThe Well, now it does. It is called App Library.

what: App Library is a new screen that resides on the right side of your last home screen. This app automatically organizes all the apps on your phone into folders by category. The purpose of this feature is to make it easy for you to find all the applications installed on your iPhone. This goes hand-in-hand with another new home screen feature that allows you to hide the pages of applications you use frequently.

How: When you do not want to be displayed on your home screen, use the App Library. To get it, swipe from right to left to go to the last home screen. If you want to, either use the automatically arranged folders to find the app icon, or use the search bar at the top of the screen to search for the app by name if you are not sure where it is located. is. Alternatively, at the top of the App Library screen you will find two folders: Suggestions and Recently Added. Both will automatically update and adjust which apps are in either folder, depending on how often you use an app and what you have recently installed.

For more information on how to Hide home screen page to make it easier to access app library.

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Apple’s app library is similar to the app drawer, but with folders.

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5. Widgets have a new look and a new home

Now you don’t have to be jealous of your friends using Android – the iPhone can now have widgets on the home screen. This is right.

what: Instead of being limited to the Today view on the left side of your home screen, you can now add widgets directly to your display with multiple sizes as an option. There is even a smart stack widget that will show you information from multiple apps when you think you need it. For example, when you wake up in the morning it can show the weather widget followed by your calendar widget.

How: You can view your widget today just the way you always have, to the left of your main home screen or you can drag and drop the widget to your home screen from today’s view. Alternatively, while editing your app layout, you can tap on Plus Sign in the upper-left corner of the screen, bring up the widget gallery and see which widget you can add to your device.

Widgets can be pinned to your home screen and sized to your liking.

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6. Picture in Picture is a convenience tool that you will like

Ipad ($ 284 in back market) Has been able to play video in picture-in-picture mode for a few years now, and Picture in Picture is finally coming to the iPhone.

what: Picture in Picture creates a thumbnail image of a video that continues to play even when on another app or screen. It will appear when you want to switch gears to use a different part of the phone, but you do not want to pause the video.

How: Whenever you are watching a video in a supported app, such as a twitch, and swipe to return to the home screen, the video will only play in a small window. You can drag PiP around the screen, adjust its size by pinching and zooming, and even temporarily hide it from the edge of the screen. When you’re done, just tap X To close the video. Oh, and let’s not forget – Picture in Picture works with FaceTime video calls too And these other apps. Huzzah!

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You can continue the FaceTime conversation in iOS 14 by looking at your schedule, or any other iPhone screen.

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