Apple iOS 14 cheat sheet: All the things you have to know

Options and enhancements in iOS 14 embrace App Clips, Image in Image video mode, translation help in Siri, widgets, and COVID-19 Publicity Notifications.

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Throughout Apple’s digital Worldwide Developer Convention 2020 (WWDC) on Monday, June 22, 2020, CEO Tim Prepare dinner and different Apple staff unveiled the corporate’s newest developer instruments and platforms enhancements. One of many main bulletins was the 14th iteration of Apple’s cell working system for iOS units known as iOS 14. The primary model of iOS 14, 14.0, was launched to most people on September 16, 2020.

This iOS 14 cheat sheet particulars what builders and customers have to know concerning the working system and covers the redesigned House Display, App Clips, Automotive Play options, and extra. This text will probably be up to date with the most recent details about iOS 14.

SEE: Apple iOS 14: A cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

What’s iOS 14, and can it work on my gadget?

iOS is Apple’s cell working system that runs on iPhone and iPod contact {hardware}. iOS 14 is the most recent iteration of the working system, and it’s able to working on most {hardware} that supported iOS 13, together with the next Apple units which can be obtainable on the time of this writing:

  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Professional
  • iPhone 12 Professional Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Professional
  • iPhone 11 Professional Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st era)
  • iPhone SE (2nd era)
  • iPod contact (seventh era)

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What are the important thing options of iOS 14?

iOS 14 refines the consumer expertise in Apple’s cell working system, provides options to Siri, and makes Apps even simpler to search out and use (even with out putting in them with App Clips). This can be a record of the main options in iOS 14 in addition to further smaller refinements and options.

Higher consumer expertise

Among the many key modifications in iOS 14 that target consumer expertise are House Display enhancements, higher Widgets within the At the moment View and the power to position them on the House Display, and the inclusion of Image-in-Image video mode on the iPhone for the primary time.

SEE: Cell gadget safety coverage (TechRepublic Premium)

House Display

On the House Display, many customers have pages of apps dedicated to apps which can be hardly ever used. In iOS 14, now you can simply disguise pages of apps aside from ones that you just explicitly wish to be seen.

The brand new App Library function on the final web page of the House Display permits you to see all your apps robotically organized based mostly on class. Tapping right into a class folder of the App Library reveals all of the apps contained in that class. The App Library additionally permits for looking to shortly launch an app from any class and reveals prompt apps based mostly on utilization or ones which were lately put in.


The App Library encompasses a distinctive manner to take a look at all your apps by class and in a single place with search to immediately discover and launch an app in your gadget.

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Widgets have lengthy been a function of the At the moment View on iOS, however Apple has revamped the way in which they appear and feel in iOS 14. Widgets are actually capable of be extra information wealthy and will be sized in a different way and have a customized appear and feel for the app for which they’re designed. Extra importantly, now you can drag a widget from the At the moment View and drop it onto the House Display to arrange it alongside your apps. It will go a good distance in serving to customers make their House Screens uniquely theirs. This function has been requested by iOS customers for years.


Widgets will be dragged from the At the moment View and positioned inline with app icons on the House Display for the primary time in iOS 14.

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Widgets additionally help a Sensible Stack function that may be scrolled on the House Display or within the At the moment View to spotlight totally different widgets all through the day; for instance, the Calendar widget would possibly seem within the Sensible Stack each time an upcoming appointment is approaching.


The Image in Image (PIP) video mode that has been obtainable on iPad OS for years has now made its strategy to iPhone in iOS 14. Now you’ll be able to enter PIP mode on iPhone and go away the video participant app and proceed watching the video. You may resize the video participant PIP window or push it to the facet to proceed listening to the audio and never view the video. FaceTime helps Image-in-Image mode, so you’ll be able to go away the app and proceed to see somebody in a floating FaceTime PIP window.

SEE: Guidelines: Managing and troubleshooting iOS units (TechRepublic Premium)


Apple introduced that Siri, the voice assistant on iOS, now processes over 25 billion requests per month–that is a staggering quantity. Apple is working to make Siri smarter in numerous methods.

Compact design


Siri’s compact mode makes it simple to make use of Siri unobtrusively from wherever in your gadget.

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A brand new compact design is accessible throughout all the Apple platforms. Siri now launches in a smaller bubble on the backside of the display screen as a substitute of taking on the total display screen; this implies now you can proceed to view the display screen whereas interacting with Siri, as a substitute of getting Siri take up your entire display screen, blocking your view.

Smarter and with translation help

Apple introduced that it’s engaged on making Siri smarter and capable of course of much more forms of requests. With iOS 14, Siri now has the power to ship audio messages through iMessage and has additionally been upgraded to permit dictation processing on the gadget for higher privateness and management. 


The Siri Translate app makes it simple to hold on a dialog with somebody talking a special language.

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Apple added a dialog function to Siri by way of a brand new Translate app that allows you to translate a number of languages as you speak with somebody in a special language. This function additionally works on-device and would not depend on server-based relay, so you’ll be able to simply translate between languages whereas touring and not using a information plan in your gadget.

SEE: The way to use the interpretation instruments in iOS 14 for simpler communication and web site translation (TechRepublic)


Messages, and notably the iMessage service, is a large advantage of being an Apple consumer. Apple is working to improve the Messages app throughout its platforms, and Messages will get an enormous bump in iOS 14.


What number of instances have you ever opened the Messages app and had been unable to search out the dialog with a buddy or coworker you had been in search of? With the brand new Pinning function, you’ll be able to swipe proper on a selected dialog to pin it to the highest of the Messages app. You should utilize this together with your closest contacts to make sure that you at all times can discover them to shortly create or reply to a message. You may pin as much as 9 conversations.


Memoji has turn out to be extraordinarily widespread amongst iOS customers, and now in iOS 14, you’ll be able to customise Memoji with over a trillion customization combos. Apple added extra age choices, face protecting choices, and new Memoji sticker choices.


Group messages within the Messages app has been utterly rethought in iOS 14 and now options in-line replies that allows you to reply to a message in a thread fashion show so you’ll be able to hold observe of a selected subject with out interrupting your entire group’s dialog.

Mentions allow you to immediately name out a consumer in a bunch message; additionally, you will be notified solely once you’re immediately talked about in a dialog so that you just’re not pinged for each message on the group chat.

Teams will be custom-made utilizing a bunch picture or the group brand with an emoji.


Apple has been utilizing its personal maps since iOS 6, and this yr, the corporate is including extra options to the Maps app to make it among the best experiences for customers on the platform.

Discovering nice locations


Maps guides can be utilized to get suggestions for locations to go to or attempt for numerous locations in your subsequent journey.

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Apple began including curation choices for Maps in iOS 13 with its Maps Collections function, and the corporate is taking it a step additional in iOS 14 by working with numerous prestigious manufacturers to create guides for cities or locations which you can comply with to get suggestions for locations to go to. 

Options for cyclists and house owners of electrical autos

Maps now supplies environmentally-friendly transportation choices like the power to get detailed biking instructions to and from a vacation spot in choose cities. This new biking course function offers customers entry to detailed details about bike lane entry on roads, paths with bike entry, and can embrace incline information and if stairs or heavy visitors is likely to be encountered on the journey. This will probably be initially obtainable in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Beijing when iOS 14 launches.

One other environmentally inexperienced function added to iOS 14 Maps is the power to get instructions routed for electrical autos. It will robotically determine within the vary utilizing climate, elevation, and present cost to plan out charging stops alongside the route. It should additionally have in mind your explicit automobile to solely present stops which have appropriate chargers.


CarPlay is an iOS function that is essential to many customers, because it brings the iOS expertise into the automobile in a constructive manner that permits for inter:motion with Siri and well-loved iOS options and apps.


Apple’s CarPlay help has been upgraded with lots of new options in iOS 14, together with the power to set a customized wallpaper.

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Apple said that CarPlay is accessible in 80% of the autos at the moment offered. A brand new function obtainable in CarPlay is the power to assign new customized wallpapers to the House Display background and new app classes, together with apps that help cell ordering in electrical autos.

One of many greatest function introduced for iOS 14 and CarPlay is the power to make use of your iPhone as a key for the automobile.

Automotive Keys


You may simply share Automotive Keys from the pockets app through iMessage and even set restrictions for the important thing.

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Apple unveiled its new challenge for CarPlay known as Automotive Keys. The 2021 BMW 5 sequence would be the first automobile supported, however extra autos will probably be coming later within the yr and subsequent yr.

Keys are saved within the Safe Component in your iPhone (the identical chip that shops Apple Pay and biometric unlock information), and you may remotely disable keys in case you lose your iPhone. You may also share keys through iMessage and allow options corresponding to restricted driving profiles for youngsters.

Initially, this function will work with the NFC chip on the iPhone to permit unlocking when tapping the iPhone on the automobile, however later automobile help will embrace the power to robotically unlock the automobile when approaching and lock when strolling away utilizing the U1 low-powered wi-fi chip obtainable on most up-to-date iPhones.

The very best half is which you can nonetheless use this function for as much as 5 hours after your iPhone’s battery has died because of the Energy Reserve function of iOS that was launched in iOS 13 for transit playing cards within the Pockets app.

SEE: Probably the most useful Apple merchandise for enterprise professionals (TechRepublic)

App Retailer

The App Retailer is now 12 years outdated and new options launched in iOS 14 will transform the way in which that apps are found, run, and put in with App Clips.

App Clips


App Clips are smaller variations of the total app that may be immediately downloaded and launched when the consumer faucets their gadget on an NFC faucet level or scans a QR code.

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App Clips are small apps that may be immediately downloaded and run on the gadget with little consumer interplay. Merely faucet your gadget to an NFC faucet level or scan a QR code, and the app will launch in a card interface on the backside of the display screen. The app will allow you to do a selected job, corresponding to inserting a cell order; once you’re completed, it would disappear and never take up any area in your gadget. Within the App Library, you’ll be able to simply obtain the total app from an App Clip in case you determine you’d wish to hold the total app in your gadget.

App Clips can use Apple Pay for funds and benefit from “Sign up with Apple” for account creation. 

App Clips will be launched from an internet site, an iMessage, Maps, NFC tags, and QR codes. There’s additionally a brand new Apple-designed App Clip code that has each NFC and camera-based scanning performance that may be positioned at retail places or different areas to permit fast scanning to open the App Clip.

Apps like Yelp can combine its personal tags utilizing App Clip codes that may be positioned at a number of companies or places.

App Clips use the native iOS SDK and embrace a small function of the total app. The App Clips must be 10MB or much less so as to be shortly downloaded to the gadget and launched shortly. 

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COVID-19 Publicity Notifications

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple added an extra featureset to iOS 14 in the course of the beta section known as Publicity Notifications. This function was additionally launched and made backwards appropriate with iOS 13 units with the iOS 13.5 replace.

This function generates a random Bluetooth identifier that is not tied to your gadget and will get shared with in-range units when out in public (it may be shared with iOS and appropriate Android units by way of a partnership with Apple and Google). For a 14-day interval, your gadget’s Bluetooth identifier will probably be saved and related to these units you had been close to earlier than being deleted and your identifier renewed. If one particular person is discovered to be constructive for COVID-19, they may undergo the method of submitting their testing documentation by way of their native or nationwide well being division’s iOS app. When this occurs, gadget identifiers the consumer was in shut proximity with can be notified by way of iOS that they had been involved with somebody who examined constructive and warn you to the precautions that must be taken corresponding to getting examined and quarantining.

All of that is dealt with with the privateness and safety protections that Apple is understood for and is disabled by default till a consumer permits it. This function can solely be enabled if the state, county, or locale has authorised Apple to allow this function. Be taught extra by opening Settings | Publicity Notifications | How Publicity Notifications Work. You may also allow Publicity Notifications on this part if the federal government well being group permits it to be enabled to your location.

SEE: COVID Vaccination Coverage (TechRepublic Premium)

Extra iOS 14 options and modifications

  • The Compact UI of Siri has made its strategy to the incoming telephone name UI and FaceTime UI. Incoming calls will use a brand new banner UI as a substitute of taking on the total display screen and interrupting your workflow.
  • You may assign default apps to your internet browser and e-mail consumer. When you use an app aside from Safari and Mail for internet looking and e-mail, your favourite apps will be launched of their place when tapping a hyperlink or e-mail deal with.
  • Search has a fast launcher that may extra shortly open apps by typing simply the primary few characters of an app’s title.
  • Siri can reply questions that require an internet search.
  • Safari can translate complete webpages which can be in a special language than the iOS consumer’s default language.
  • Safari will robotically monitor your passwords and warn you if a password for a selected web site is concerned in a knowledge breach.
  • AirPods will be extra seamlessly transitioned from one gadget to a different by robotically switching to the gadget at the moment getting used.
  • AirPods will robotically notify you each time the battery is getting low by way of audio and push notifications in your related gadget.
  • iOS 14 encompasses a dot within the standing bar of your gadget each time the microphone or digicam is in use by an app.
  • You may select to solely share an approximate location with an app as a substitute of your particular location. It will enable your gadget to supply a bigger GPS space than your exact pinpoint location with apps that you do not belief together with your information.
  • Picture entry will be restricted with apps, and you may select to share a selected picture, album, or your entire library.
  • When downloading an app, the App Retailer itemizing will present which permissions the app will request.
  • App Retailer subscriptions can be utilized with the Household Sharing function if the developer permits one IAP Subscription buy to be shared amongst all members of the family.
  • The Recordsdata app helps APFS-encrypted drive help for related drives or community storage drives.
  • Notes options form recognition for drawing strains, arcs, and shapes, together with hearts, stars, and arrows. Pause barely on the finish, and your imperfect form snaps into an ideal one.
  • The Climate app options next-hour precipitation, extreme climate alerts for supported areas, and multi-day precipitation forecasts.

Major options of iOS 14.5

iOS 14.5: App Monitoring Transparency

Beginning with iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5 and tvOS 14.5, Apple has added a brand new user-facing function known as App Monitoring Transparency. This function prompts customers to conform to being tracked by apps that make the most of a token on iOS units known as the Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA). This can be a randomized token that Apple generates on the gadget and permits app builders and web sites to trace you for the needs of promoting. It is how one can seek for an merchandise on a web based retailer, after which get served advertisements for that very same merchandise in Instagram or Twitter. This token is what permits for private advertisements. 

SEE: iOS 14 app monitoring opt-ins might show increased than anticipated (TechRepublic)

Apple has lengthy protected this token and ensured that solely apps that must be utilizing the token for the needs of promoting are literally utilizing it; nonetheless, this all modifications in iOS 14.5. With this replace, Apple is permitting the consumer to determine whether or not they want to enable apps to have entry to the token in any respect. If you launch an app that requests the IDFA token from iOS, you’ll obtain a privateness immediate just like once you’re prompted for digicam or microphone entry. 

When you choose Permit, the IDFA token will probably be handed over to the app, and the app will perform as earlier than, letting apps and providers observe your IDFA token and share it for the needs of goal promoting. If you choose Ask App Not To Monitor, the IDFA is not going to be handed over to the app, and it’ll not have the power to particularly goal you for advertisements. For many apps, this implies you’ll not see focused ads and as a substitute see generalized advertisements.


The App Monitoring Transparency function in iOS 14.5 lets customers determine in the event that they wish to enable apps to trace them.

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iOS 14.5: Siri Voice Adjustments 

iOS 14.5 introduces new Siri voices which can be not robotically chosen or named by their gender. As a substitute, voices will be chosen by Selection (which is the dialect location based mostly on supported international locations) after which by the Voice.  

For the American number of voices, there are actually 4 voices that may be chosen: voices 1 by way of 4. When establishing an iOS gadget for the primary time, you may be prompted to pick one in every of these voices for Siri to make use of. As well as, you’ll be able to re-select a voice at any time by following these steps.

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Faucet Siri & Search after which Siri Voice.

  3. Choose the Selection after which choose the Voice you want to use.


The outdated Siri voices are nonetheless obtainable, however with iOS 14.5 there are new voices to select from based mostly on regionality and dialect. 

iOS 14.5: Masks Unlocking

With iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4, Apple has launched a brand new strategy to unlock your iPhone when sporting a masks and likewise your Apple Watch. With the Unlock With Apple Watch function, iOS will detect in case you’re sporting a masks; in case you are, it would see in case your Apple Watch is paired and unlocked, after which enable your iPhone to be unlocked with out the necessity to enter a passcode. This comfort function was born out of the COVID-era as a result of Face ID couldn’t be used to unlock your gadget in public when sporting a masks. 

iOS 14.5: AirTag

At its April 20, 2021 occasion, Apple launched AirTag, which integrates with the Discover My app on iOS units to allow you to simply observe misplaced gadgets. AirTag is a small, battery-powered gadget that implements a U1 chip to let the Discover My app observe the placement of the tag utilizing a non-public community that permits passerby’s iPhones to report the placement anonymously. AirTag would require iOS 14.5 as the bottom model of iOS to work. 

iOS 14.5: Podcasts 

iOS 14.5 introduces a brand new, redesigned model of Podcasts that features the power to subscribe to paid podcasts. The app additionally provides a brand new interface that options massive paintings and the power to view comparable podcasts when in a playlist fashion view.

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What’s the launch historical past of iOS 14?

  • June 2020: Apple releases iOS 14.0 beta to builders and has a staggered beta launch schedule by way of September 2020 for beta releases.
  • July 2020: Apple releases iOS 14.0 beta to Apple Seed beta customers.
  • September 15, 2020: Apple releases iOS 14.0 GM to builders and pronounces it would now settle for iOS 14 app updates from builders.
  • September 16, 2020: Apple releases iOS 14.0 to most people and pronounces that it will likely be pre-installed on all new units going ahead.
  • October 20, 2020: Apple releases iOS 14.1, which was the preliminary launch for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Professional. It was up to date to incorporate pinned conversations in Messages, Memoji enhancements, biking instructions and App Clip updates.

  • November 5, 2020: Apple releases iOS 14.2, which added Shazam integration in Management Heart, revamped media controls, face detection within the accessibility Magnifier app, 100 new emoji and eight new wallpapers that featured dynamic darkish and lightweight mode help.

  • December 14, 2020: Apple launched iOS 14.3, which added Apple Health+ to the Health app, a brand new UI for the Apple TV app and help for Apple ProRAW picture format for the iPhone 12 Professional fashions.

  • January 26, 2021: Apple launched iOS 14.4, which introduced the power for small QR codes to be acknowledged by the Digital camera app, and the choice to categorise Bluetooth units within the Settings for proper identification for headphones and audio notifications. 

  • March 8, 2021: Apple launched 14.4.1, which was an essential safety replace that mounted a problem that might trigger arbitrary code execution or reminiscence corruption.

  • March 26, 2021: Apple launched iOS 14.4.2, which included further safety patches for the cell working system.

  • April 26, 2021: Apple launched iOS 14.5, which added many new options, together with UI modifications for the Podcasts app, a brand new interface for typing and sending messages with Siri, help for Xbox Sequence S/X and PlayStation 5 controllers, help for masks unlock with Apple Watch, new Software program Replace UI in Settings, App Monitoring Transparency Privateness, new Siri Voices and Twin-SIM 5G help.

SEE: iOS 15: The highest 3 options Apple ought to embrace (TechRepublic)

How can I obtain and set up iOS 14?

To obtain iOS 14 on any appropriate gadget, carry out the next steps.

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Choose Common | Software program Replace. 

  3. Faucet Obtain And Set up and conform to the Phrases & Circumstances 

Your gadget will need to have no less than 50% cost so as to set up on battery; nonetheless, it’s at all times finest to put in the replace whereas related to a charger to make sure that the battery cost is maintained all through the set up course of.

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Editor’s observe: This text has been up to date to incorporate iOS 14 launch particulars and new options.

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