Apple Announces iOS 14 with Widgets, PIP, Threads, and More

Posted on June 22, 2020 by Brad Sams in Apple with 34 Comments

Apple is hosting its WWDC conference today and the company has announced software updates to many of its products.Not all that surprising, the company has announced the next version of iOS and it will be called iOS 14.

When it comes to iOS updates, these changes impact a billion users. Much like Windows, this means changes have to be cautionary and don’t take huge risks as the established user-base typically doesn’t react well to big updates. That being said, here is what Apple has on the agenda for iOS 14

Here are the highlights:

  • Widgets are getting revamped and can now be added to the home screen
  • Picture-in-Picture mode will let you play video on any screen and swipe to the side to have the audio continue to play without the video being present
  • A new translate app makes it easier to translate voice and text
  • Messages you can now pin messages to the top of your message list
    • There are now in-line threaded replies for group texts
    • You can also @mention people in the thread as well
  • There is a new app tool that will auto organize your apps into frequently used or recently downloaded
  • Apple Maps is getting a sizeable update to make it easier to find content around you.
    • New tools to find bicycle lanes, EV routing, congestion zones, and more.
  • CarPlay gets a new Car Key features where your phone can unlock your car
  • App Clips let you access features of an app without having to download it – you can pay for services in an APP Clip without having to download it.

iOS 14 will arrive later this year and you can expect a few beta releases to arrive this summer. That being said, if these betas are like anything in the past, you may want to avoid the early iterations as they typically will drain the battery much faster than the current iOS 13 release.

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Comments (34)

34 responses to “Apple Announces iOS 14 with Widgets, PIP, Threads, and More”

  1. Winner

    Good to see, as the top three bullets we've had on Android for a long, long time.

  2. JustACodeMonkey

    Does this mean we can actually put an app icon where we want it, or do they still just flow?

  3. wright_is

    Android welcome iOS to the 21st Century.

    Widgets (or the lack thereof) has been one of the things that drove me away from iOS. I have always used Live Tiles or Widgets, not many, just a couple, but they mean I get important information without having to dip into the relevant app, just glance at the home screen.

    I never understood why Apple so doggedly refused to implement this.

  4. kjb434

    Welcome to the HTC Android/Windows Mobile interface of the past.

  5. anderb

    Also of note, iOS14 will support iPhones released 5 years ago i.e. the 6s and SE.

    None of this Android "2 years support and then you're on your own" rubbish.

  6. Awhispersecho

    Welcome to 2014 Apple users. Glad you didn't have to wait too long.

  7. nbplopes

    I don’t care much for widgets. I’ve seen many implementations since Apple (macOS X Tiger, 2005) and Windows Vista in 2006. Also used the revamped approach on Windows Phone 7 Mango, Windows 8 and Windows 10 .. Android. Always end not using them beyond clicking to access the apps.

    Having said this, they always looked kind of cool. The Apple approach presented for iOS 14 is no exception. Maybe this implementation have something that make me appreciate what I did not before. Will see.

  8. clutem1987

    Can't wait to get my Lumia 920 back.

  9. hal9000

    Looking forward to get my beloved windows phone tiles back! :)

  10. christian.hvid

    You're probably right that iOS users don't appreciate change. But the UI is looking seriously dated now. Is there really no way that Apple's hordes of designers could bring the UI into 2020 without sacrificing familiarity?

  11. dcdevito

    I really like this implementation, looks great. Circa Windows Phone LOl

  12. Chris_Kez

    Still hoping they'll drop Yelp from Apple Maps and invest in developing their own review and POI service.

  13. Chris_Kez

    Curious if PiP will work with YouTube app. One of the selling points for YT Premium has been the ability to continue playing when the screen is off/when the app is not in the foreground.

  14. scovious

    It's like windows phone but with patented rounded corners.

  15. seattlemike

    So now it's still a grid of icons but with some icons larger than others!

  16. Cdorf

    Snooze. Wake me if they let me set a [email protected]%$ default app

    • Chris_Kez

      In reply to Cdorf:

      iOS 14 will let you set email and browser default apps.

      • Cdorf

        In reply to Chris_Kez:

        Whoa. I wonder why Brad didn't mention that. Its a good start. Edge, Outlook check.

        • lvthunder

          In reply to Cdorf:

          Because it didn’t make it in the keynote. It was mentioned in a press release and briefly mentioned in the state of the platforms video.

        • SvenJ

          In reply to Cdorf: I have Outlook and Edge loaded on my iPhone. I have noticed for a long time if there are url links in Outlook, it will open them in Edge. I set nothing to have this happen. It has on occasion been undesireable. There are Apple features that don't work in Edge. e.g. opening a link in mail to an Apple Store pickup time/notice. In Edge you get nothing useful. In Safari you get a link that adds the pickup to your Wallet. If I open the same e-mail in Mail the url open Safari, the Wallet link is present and I can add it.

          • bleeman

            In reply to SvenJ:

            I'm not sure if this is available in the iPhone implementation (I have Android) but in Outlook on my iPad Mini under settings there is an option under the "Preferences" category labeled "Open Links With". I have mine set to Edge but the other option is Safari.

  17. jjonas51

    Can I get the weather on the lock screen? That's all I really want.

  18. branpurn

    Microsoft is running away from live tile-esque/widget home screens, Apple is running towards them

  19. Greg Green

    In reply to burns:

    And apple laughs and makes a note to send flowers to the WP gravesite. And Balmer.