by Juli Clover
Over the course of the iOS 14 beta test, we here at MacRumors have been putting together in-depth feature guides, tutorial videos, and how tos on the new features in the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates.
Many of our MacRumors readers have likely been running the betas for a couple of months now, but those who are new to the update will want to check out all of the content we have available below. It’s also a great resource to send to friends and family members who have questions about iOS and iPadOS 14 content.
So…You Just Installed iOS 14?
If you just installed iOS 14, it’s always a little daunting to figure out how to take advantage of all the new features. We made this video to walk a new iOS 14 user through the first things you should do to start taking advantage of the new features.
Now that you’re set up with the basics, let’s move on to our top iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 features.
Top iOS 14 Features for iPhone
In our Top iOS 14 Features article and video, we highlighted what we thought were the best features of the release. Watch the video or read the article which dives into the features in a bit more depth.
Video time index links:
- Picture in Picture FaceTime
- Compact Phone Calls
- App Library
- Third-Party Default Apps
- Search in Apps
- Emoji Search
- Approximate Location Sharing
- Back Tap
- Exposure Lock
- QuickTake Video
- HomeKit Control Center
- Custom Widget Stacks
- Apple Music Redesign
- Apple Music Autoplay
iPad-Specific Features in iPadOS 14
iPad owners also get a number of new features specifically for their devices. iPadOS 14 Features You Need to Know covered notable iPad-only features that can be found in the latest update. Similarly, the video will take you through them all but the article expands on each feature.
Video time index links:
- Notes Handwriting Improvements
- App Sidebars and Toolbars
- Compact Siri
- Compact FaceTime/Phone UI
- Search Improvements
- Safari Updates
- Emoji Popover Menu
- Apple Music Lyrics
Once you’ve absorbed all that, here’s our “hidden” feature list that incorporates lesser known items that we’ve found and liked in iOS 14:
This video covers features like sound recognition, 4K YouTube, FaceTime eye contact, and more.
In Depth iOS 14 Feature Guides
These are in-depth guides that cover all the new features in the main sections of iOS 14.
- Home Screen Setup: App Library, Widgets, Hiding Apps
- Compact Interface: Phone Calls, FaceTime, Siri and More
- Privacy Features: Approximate Location, Clipboard Access Warnings, Limited Photos Access and More
- Photos and Camera: QuickTake Shortcut, Photo Captions, Mirrored Selfies, and More
- Messages: Pinned Chats, Inline Replies, Mentions
- Safari: Privacy Report, Built-In Translation, Compromised Password Alerts and More
- Sleep Features: Sleep Mode, Wind Down, Sleep Tracking and More
- Translate: Apple’s Built-In Translate App That Works With 11 Languages
- Maps: Cycling Directions, Guides, Refine Location and More
- New AirPods Features: Spatial Audio, Better Automatic Device Switching, Battery Notifications and More
- Magnifier Gets Overhauled UI and New Features, Can Be Added to Home Screen
Useful How Tos
- How to Search for Emoji on iPhone
- How to Mute Conversations in Messages on iPhone and iPad in iOS 14
- How to Use Home Screen Widgets
- How to Actually Hide the Hidden Photos Album
- How to Use iOS 14’s Picture in Picture With YouTube Videos
- How to Know When an App is Using Your iPhone Camera or Microphone
- How to Use Sleep Mode on iPhone and Apple Watch
- How to Translate Webpages in Safari on iPhone
- How to Reduce Loud Sounds When Listening Over Headphones
- How to Translate Text in Apple’s Translate App
- How to Get Cycling Directions in Apple Maps
- How to Hide Home Screen App Pages on iPhone in iOS 14
- How to Use the App Library on iPhone
iOS 14 Discussion
MacRumors readers use our iOS 14 forum to discuss software performance, minor tweaks, apps, and more, so if you want to join in, you can click this link. Our forums are also a great resource if you need iOS 14 help.
Have a question not covered in our guides and how tos? Let us know in the comments or send us an email here. Send us an email here. You can always find more on all of the iOS 14 features in our iOS 14 roundup.
Wednesday September 16, 2020 2:36 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple’s official public release of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 dropped on Wednesday, September 16, just a day after the company released the Golden Master to third-party developers. Also set to be made available to the general public for the first time are watchOS 7 and tvOS 14.
Getting Started With iOS 14 Video Click image to watch iOS 14 Getting Started While that’s left a lot of developers…
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The lack of new iPhone models yesterday seems to confirm that the iPhone 12 lineup will not appear…
Apple Releases iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 With Home Screen Redesign, App Library, Compact UI, Translate App, Scribble Support, App Clips, and More
Wednesday September 16, 2020 12:48 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple has released iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, the newest operating system updates designed for the iPhone and iPad. As with all of Apple’s software updates, iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 can be downloaded for free. iOS 14 is available on the iPhone 6s and later, while iPadOS 14 is available on the iPad Air 2 and later. The updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To …
Wednesday September 16, 2020 1:40 pm PDT by Juli Clover
macOS Big Sur didn’t launch alongside iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, and watchOS 7 today, with the update coming later this fall, but Apple did release the Safari 14 update for macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave users.
Safari 14 brings improved performance, customizable start pages, a Privacy Report to see which cross-site trackers are being blocked, and a new tab bar design that provides tab…
Monday September 14, 2020 11:24 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today released new 3A283 firmware updates for the second-generation AirPods and the AirPods Pro. The second-generation AirPods are being updated from the 2D15 firmware they were previously running, while the AirPods Pros are being updated from the 2D27 firmware they had installed previously.
Apple does not provide details on what’s included in refreshed firmware so we don’t know what’s …
Tuesday September 15, 2020 12:26 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today announced Apple One, a series of new subscription bundles that provide access to various Apple services at a combined monthly price.
In response, Spotify sent out statements (via Peter Kafka) to the press decrying Apple’s anti-competitive behavior and calling on “competition authorities” to stop Apple before it is able to cause “irreparable harm” to developers.Once again, Apple…
Monday September 14, 2020 12:22 pm PDT by Juli Clover
The new 3A283 firmware that Apple released for the AirPods Pro today appears to introduce support for Spatial Audio, a new feature coming to the higher-end AirPods with iOS 14.
Multiple reports on Twitter and the MacRumors forums indicate that the firmware update adds a “Spatial Audio” option to the Control Center, which can be activated to enable the feature. Note that using Spatial Audio…
Tuesday September 15, 2020 2:55 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today announced the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE, both of which will be compatible with new watch faces that are being introduced in the watchOS 7 update set to be released tomorrow.
Apple has provided a video highlighting all of the new Apple Watch faces, with details on each one. GMT – The GMT face shows multiple time zones at once, while also taking into…
Thursday September 17, 2020 3:36 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today released the first beta of iOS 14.2 to developers for testing purposes, and the new update introduces a Music Recognition control for the Control Center. The new feature lets you discover music playing around you and it recognizes the music playing with in apps, even when you’re wearing AirPods. Songs pop up as notifications, and you can tap to listen in Apple Music….