The year 2020 has seen its fair share of major historic events as well as the virus that shut the entire world down but all thanks to Apple for stepping in and proofing why it is regarded as one the largest companies in the tech space. In Cupertino, Apple released its next-gen mobile operating system, iOS 14, before it even unveiled its new flagship iPhone which was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new OS brings a host of new features to several generations of iPhone (6s and above). It’s time to dive in and look at the tips and tricks that make it stand out.

With the new iOS 14, Apple iPhone devices can translate

Translation apps abound, but Apple still wants to be the default. The new translator app is built into iOS 14 (don’t worry, you can remove it if you want). The interface is simple. Choose two languages, the one on the left is your default language. Enter a word or phrase, or click the microphone button to speak a word or phrase. The translation is spoken out loud over the phone and you can click the play arrow to repeat it over and over. When viewing it in portrait orientation, click the star of a translation that you want to save as a favorite to use over and over again. Hold it in landscape orientation for full two-language conversations, with Siri recognizing each and displaying the translation on-screen. Translate can currently handle 11 languages which can be downloaded for access when you don’t have an internet connection.

Hide the screen of your mobile applications

Do you have some questionable apps on your phone that you’d rather not see all of them? (I mean, of course, hide Netflix from kids) Show all apps on one screen. Next, hold your finger on the screen to switch to the wiggle mode, which allows you to delete apps, then click the new scroll points at the bottom of the home screen. You get a page editing interface that lets you turn off an entire page of apps from viewing. Apps aren’t removed, and anyone can still swipe down on the screen to access Spotlight search and find apps easily. But it’s a quick and dirty way to keep certain apps from being seen by prying eyes.

With the new iOS 14, users can really hide photos

For a long time, you could “hide” a photo (in the Photos app) by viewing it and then clicking Share> Hide. This would remove the image from the photostream. The problem is, the photo was just moved to a folder called Hidden, which was still easily accessible through the Photos app. Go to Settings> Photos> Hidden Album and disable it. The photos are still there, but now people can’t see the hidden folder either. (Not that they can’t access Settings when they’re holding your phone, but on iOS, they’re probably not as smart as you are).

Users can hide their exact location with the new iOS upgrade

It’s no secret that iOS (and all the phones and the companies that make them) keep track of not only what you do but where you are because it all goes to the big data mine that was previously sold. (and sometimes worse). Go to Settings> Privacy> Location Services and you can see it for any app, even apps that you can’t imagine really need to know where you are. That’s old news. What’s new in iOS 14: Go to this section and click on Apps where you can now turn off the exact location. This is because some apps need this information for different purposes.

Change your default browser and email address

In the past, you’ve clicked a link in iOS and you’ll be taken to Safari or Apple’s mail client. Starting with iOS 14, you can choose a browser other than the following, which includes Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or something privacy-focused like DuckDuckGo or another email client like Outlook.

Pin your favorite iMessage

Do you have a specific person or group that you talk to the most in iMessage? You can now pin up to nine of these to the top of iMessage. Click the three-dot menu in a circle at the top of iMessage and select Edit Pins. Click the yellow pin icon next to the person or group you want to access most often. It works with groups that contain Android / SMS messages in a group.

Tap back to control the phone

This new accessibility feature lets you configure actions to be performed by tapping the back of your iPhone two or three times. This is an amazing UI improvement when set up correctly. For example, imagine if you could double-tap your phone and instantly mute it? Or tap three times to take a screenshot or turn up the volume? It works on iPhone 8 or higher.

Selfie mirror

If you look at yourself in the front camera of your iPhone, you will see a reflection (so people are used to seeing their reflection). It’s great and all, but when you take a photo or video it flips the picture so it looks like it’s somewhere behind the camera. In general, you want letters or numbers that appear in the picture with you to be upside down if it’s still a reflection. Even so, some people want it to look the way they see it. So, go to Settings> Camera and turn on the mirror camera if you want that option.

Instant switch from 4K and FPS

Switch to video mode in the camera. Above you can see a small display of the current camera settings, e.g. B. when recording in HD or 30 frames per second (FPS). Before, you had to go to Settings to change this. Now you can tap the words a little and change them right away. On an iPhone XS, for example, this means that the rear camera can switch from HD 30 FPS to 4K 60 FPS with just two clicks. It also works in a slo-mo mode where it’s always HD, but the FPS can be set from 120 to 240 (the more frames the slower it looks).

Watch the recording indicator

Is your iPhone spying on you? Well, you can at least tell if you started recording, speaking, or video as there is now a little orange dot on the top (to the right of the notch if you have one). When that orange dot is there, your microphone or camera is in action. You can also see it at the top of the Control Centre.

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