From today, you will be able to download the new iOS 14 software for your smartphone which will overhaul the design of the iPhone’s software, as well as change the way you navigate and use the phone.
With new home screen customisations, an exciting new Translate app, and the cool picture in picture function, there’s a lot to keep you occupied in iOS 14.
Here’s what you need to know about the new software and how to download it.
Which iPhones can receive iOS 14 update?
As long as you have an iPhone which is 6s or older, along with the first generation iPhone SE, you’ll be able to access the new iOS 14 update.
That includes the iPhone 7, 8, X, XR, XS, last year’s iPhone 11 ranges and the recent iPhone SE.
How to download iOS 14
Before you get started, you need to make sure your iPhone is all backed up so you don’t accidentally lose anything during the update.
- Make sure your phone is connected to wifi, then visit Settings and click on your name at the top of the app.
- Click on iCloud and scroll down till you find iCloud Backup - it should be under Keychain and before Maps.
- Tap Back Up Now and then you should be all set to go.
- Once backed up, go back to Settings and General.
- Then click on Software Update to see if you have the new iOS 14 update. Click update, and watch your iPhone change before your eyes.
It might not be live just yet, you may have to wait for the US to wake up before Apple pushes it live but safe to say it should be arriving soon.
New features to try in iOS 14
The big change with iOS 14 is the home screen. Apple is finally adding widgets for the first time so you can really customise the screen to look how you want, whether it’s a big calendar widget featuring information on your day, or updates from Apple News.
To keep things neat and tidy, there is finally an App Library which will sort your apps into categories or be presented in alphabetical order. Seeing apps in alphabetical order is something Android has offered for years, not to mention widgets, so it’s good to see Apple adding this to iOS.
App Clips will also change how you use apps. Find NFC tags or QR codes in the real world, say in a coffee shop, and then you can launch an app clip straight away such as if you want to scan a rewards card to get points, or speed up a bike hire.
We know we’re spending more time on FaceTime so Apple is adding a “picture in picture” feature. On a call and need to check you calendar? This will minimise the video so you can chat and scroll at the same time. This will also work for other video apps too.
If you’re an Apple user that has been jealous of the Google Translate tech then not to worry as Apple is finally launching a native translate app. The app works offline so you don’t need an internet connection and you can have two-way conversations in different languages with the translation coming up on the screen.
For Message fans, you can now pin important messages to the top of the app, @ people with mentions in group chats and do inline replies to a specific message so it doesn’t break up the full flow.
Maps is getting cycling instructions, though this isn’t coming to the UK just yet, whilst a Guides feature offers recommendations for your area or new places you’re visiting, which have all been handpicked by Apple Maps editors.
Finally, AirPods owners are going to benefit from some new features in iOS 14. Battery notifications will let you know when you need to recharge, whilst an automatic switching feature will allow you to switch seamlessly between using AirPods on a call from your iPhone to watching a film on an iPad. Not to mention the AirPods Pro will get a new spatial audio feature so it will bring immersive surround sound to your earbuds so it feels like you’re in a cinema.