iOS 14 released with the latest iPhones a few months ago now, but it’s easy for the new features to pass you by if you’re not looking for them.
If you’ve recently got a new device – or just want to ensure you’re making the most of your old one – it’s worth spending a few minutes to familiarize yourself with everything iOS 14 is capable of.
We wrote about everything new at launch, of course, and you can check through the All Tips section of our app for a full rundown of practically everything possible with iOS 14.
But for now, we thought we’d draw your attention to some of our favorite additions to make sure you don’t miss anything. Below are seven big changes you should know about – click through for more details on anything you’ve not tried out yet. Enjoy!
Apple’s Messages app has added a bunch of features that will be familiar if you ever use WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. Pinned chats, inline replies, mentions, and better group chat.
Apple’s Bedtime feature has evolved into a more comprehensive sleep improvement package. Now, it not only tracks your sleep patterns, but helps you get into a relaxing pre-sleep routine each day.
You may have noticed that Siri no longer takes up the entire screen when summoned. But the compact redesign isn’t all – the virtual assistant is smarter than ever with some cool new capabilities too.
There are a bunch of little changes to the Camera app in iOS 14 that could easily pass you by if you’re not paying attention. QuickTake videos, Night Mode, mirrored selfies… make sure you’re up to date on the latest interface changes.
Apple has made a real push for improved privacy with iOS 14. That includes better transparency from third-party developers, more nuanced permissions, privacy reports, and more.
If you have an iPad and Apple Pencil, this is huge. Advanced handwriting recognition you can use practically everywhere, plus a range of smart gestures you can use to edit text with the Pencil.
The Notes app has also been refreshed in iOS 14. Mainly these changes make it easier and faster to make changes – there’s a new actions menu, quick styles, pinned notes, and it’s better at scanning documents.