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Apple Introduces iOS 14

Major updates to Home Screen and Messages
Image via: Apple

Image via: Apple

In addition to announcing macOS Big Sur yesterday, Apple also introduced the all-new iOS 14 which overhauls the Home Screen and adds more customizable widgets in addition to upgraded Messages and Maps like its macOS counterpart.

The biggest update to the new iOS 14 is without a doubt the Home Screen redesign. New widgets allow you to customize and adjust the size and information you want displayed. You can also create a Smart Stack of widgets, your phone will use AI to make sure the right widget comes up based on your time, location and activity. Picture-in-Picture is finally offered so that you can continue to watch a video or make a FaceTime call even while using another app.

In addition to the Home Screen tools, App Clips is a new way for users to access the App Store. It is designed so that you can find products or businesses easily like renting a bicycle, finding a coffee shop or filling a parking meter.

Messages also receives the same upgrades that its macOS counterpart does. Users can now pin their favorite conversations to the top of their list and directly reply to someone in a group chat. Memoji is updated with more inclusive and diverse offerings as well. 

Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering had this to say about the new iOS 14:

"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."