Apple has released iOS 14 to the consumers and it gains a lot of attention already. This year’s iOS update contains a complete redesign of the home screen. You can now add widget to the home screen. We have already seen it before in iOS 10 but the widgets only available in Today’s View. Other than the widget, there are some more features that are useful but didn’t get the highlight.
1. Double or Triple Tap Back of Your Device
You can now double or triple tap the back of your device or your Apple logo to do certain things. But first you have to activate it. Go to Settings, then Accessibility, then Touch, then scroll all the way to the bottom, now you should see “Back Tap”.
Now turn it to On. You can now set the Double Tap action and Triple Tap action. If you don’t see what you want there, you can create the action that you want using the Shortcuts app and it will appear there as well. Pretty neat, huh?
2. Stack the Widget and It Gets Smarter
If you want to create a folder in the home screen, you have to combine several apps into one and it will automatically create a folder for you. The same you can apply to widget. If you combine several widgets with the same size together, it will become Smart Stack widget that you can scroll. It doesn’t stop there, your device will learn on what application/widget do you usually open and it will suggest or scroll for you automatically.
3. Setup the Audio to Fit Your Hearing
This features will only work if you have AirPods 2nd generation, AirPods Pro, EarPods, Powerbeats, Powerbeats Pro, and Beats Solo Pro only. So the goal here is to customize your AirPods to sound clear and crisp based on your individual hearing. First you have to connect and wear your devices. Then you go to Settings, then Accessibility, then Audio/Visual, then you will find Headphone Accommodations and turn it on.
Inside the setting, choose Audio Custom Setup. It will ask you to see if you can hear the voice of people speaking and provide you with 2 music samples that you have to choose which version is better on your ears. That’s it and it will adjust for you automatically.
4. QuickTake Video and Burst Shot Image
iOS 14 has made it easier for you to take video immediately from the Camera app. Now you can long press the white shutter button and drag that to the left for Burst mode or drag to the right for QuickTake a Video.
You can also set your volume button in the Camera setting and turn on Volume Up for Burst. It will change the default action when you press the volume button to be volume up button to take burst picture and volume down button to record a video.
5. Eye Contact on FaceTime
When we are doing FaceTime call, mostly we are looking at the screen. Since we are looking at the screen, the other person in the other end of the call might see that our eyes isn’t focusing on them. Because to do so, we have to look directly into the camera. iOS 14 has this solved, go to Settings, then Facetime, you will see an option called Eye Contact and turn it on.
What it does is it will detect your eyes using the depth sensor and mask your eyes to mimic that you are looking into the camera, even though you are not. It sounds creepy, yes, but this is showcase the power of Face ID camera + Machine Learning together. Unfortunately, this features only available for iPhone XS and above only.