Today marked Apple’s WWDC event, but unlike past conferences which hold a guest list, this virtual iteration was open to all. While you’ll have to wait until September to learn of new iPhone models, tech fans got a chance to view the latest software updates from Apple and it could be its biggest yet. iOS 14 is set to usher in a whole new look to the Home Screen pages with interesting widgets and a redesigned App Library.
“iOS 14 transforms the most iconic elements of the iPhone experience, starting with the biggest update we’ve ever made to the Home Screen,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With beautifully redesigned widgets on the Home Screen, the App Library that automatically organises all of your apps, and App Clips that are fast and easy to discover, iPhone becomes even more powerful and easier to use.”
According to the WWDC announcement, Apple iOS 14 will allow users to pin widgets of different sizes on the Home Screen pages while ‘Smart Stack’ will automatically reveal the correct widget based on the time, location or activity. Users will can customise widgets for work travel, sports, entertainment and more – you name it, you can probably customise it.
In addition to the Home Screen, an App Library has been introduced to Apple iOS 14, to organise apps. And now thanks to picture-in-picture support, users can accept FaceTime and incoming calls as well as Siri interactions, while using another app – if pulled off well it will allow multi-tasking at its very best. For important messages and conversations, iOS 14 will allow you to pin conversations to the top of your message list for ultimate convenience.
And for city-dwellers and cycling fanatics, iOS 14 also bring new cycling directions to Maps and will suggest new places to explore. Lastly, new Privacy features offer more transparency and control with apps now required to receive permission before tracking.
Apple iOS 14 will be available via public beta next month. For more information, visit the website here.