On June 22, 2020, Apple unveiled iOS 14, the “biggest update ever to Home Screen Pages” at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in 2020 and the Apple iPadOS 14. The new operating systems were reprocessed with buttons, improved user intelligence, and retrofitted FaceTime calls.
iOS 14 transforms the most iconic elements of the iPhone experience, starting with the biggest update we’ve ever made to the Home Screen. With beautifully redesigned widgets on the Home Screen, the App Library that automatically organizes all of your apps, and App Clips that are fast and easy to discover, iPhone becomes even more powerful and easier to use.Craig Federighi, The President of Software Engineering
While it’s obvious that Apple has taken some features from its biggest rival, Android, all the latest apps add more to the comfort. Let’s take a look: let’s take a look:
Redesigned Home Screen
In the first time, the latest home screen allows Android-like widgets. Users can drag widgets to a home screen, pin them into various sizes and create a clever, intelligent, time-based stack that uses on-screen intelligence to surface the right widget.
Turning the app pages to an iPhone opens the new “app library” like the Android App drawer. This opens a new app library. All the applications on the device are organized in this new space into an easy to navigate view. The applications are also intelligently surfaced with folders like Suggestions and Apple Arcade created by Apple. Like Android, users are now able to select the number of home pages they would like to display and easily hide pages for fast App Library access.
An App Clip basically represents a small or partial view of an app that allows users to benefit from some app features without downloading the whole app which works exactly like those of Android Instant Apps introduced years ago. These clips are related to a specific product or business and they can be loaded in a few seconds to perform a specific task, unlike the entire application. Apple says Apple allows the easy detection and scanning of the app-clip code, as well as NFC tags and QR codes, and provides an easy access to app clips.
Apple now allows users to pin major discussions to the top when they talk about messages. This can be done in every chat with a simple right swipe. As regards the talk itself, a new inline answer function has been added that is particularly useful in group chats to answer a certain message. Apple now has a @mention option with WhatsApp-like features @mentioned. This means, even if a group chat is muted, that the user is notified. The incoming calls and Siri requests do not occupy the whole screen with new space-saving measures. Phone calls, both FaceTime and VoIP, now appear just like Android in a small banner above the display.
The latest image-in-image mode also allows users to display or speak to FaceTime videos while still utilizing certain applications concurrently, with FaceTime or a picture in a tiny frame, which can be transferred to either corner of the device.