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These 6 features in iOS 14 will make you love your iPhone more. You’ll see why



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iOS 14 is still in preview, but we already find features we absolutely love.

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iPhone owners, listen up. Apple recently launched the official beta version of iOS 14, which provides a host of updates that will change the way your phone works once iOS 14 coming to iPhones this fall. If you like living on the bleeding edge, you can do it join iOS 14 beta and get an early preview of the features right now. The new features include the ability to add widgets for your home page, an Android-like app box-like feature called App Libraryand use iMessage in new ways.

Here are six features that we think will change the way you use your iPhone, once it goes to iOS 14.

Read more: Four reasons not to install iOS 14 and iPad 14 public beta directly






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Tag someone in a text conversation

Updates coming to the messaging app announced by Apple are primarily focused on group iMessage conversations.

What: You can now tag someone in a conversation when you want to alert them (useful for large groups) and instantly respond to a message and create a thread in your conversation. It helps to get their attention and make sure you get a quick response.

How: Tagging someone in a group convoy should be as simple as typing the @ symbol followed by their name when you are in the chat. An inline reply is made by long pressing on a message and selecting Response.

2. Attach a conversation to the top of messages

What: Attaching a conversation at the top of the messaging app means you do not have to scroll through the long list of contacts and group calls to find your favorite contacts. This is especially useful if you have a group to group, such as a family chat or a friend chat you talk to every day, or if you are planning a longer time as a group watch party.

How: You can pin a contact or conversation at the top of your conversation list by dragging to the right over any thread.

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Attach your favorite contacts or conversations to the top of the messaging app.

Screenshot of Jason Cipriani / CNET

3. Apple now has a Translate app built-in

What: Instead of having to use Google’s Translate app on your iPhone, iOS 14 has a built-in Translate app that lets you convert text and even have conversations with someone who only speaks another language. You can translate English, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Portuguese and Russian.

How: You have two options when you open the app. You can type the word or phrase you want to translate or click the microphone icon at the bottom of the screen to use voice-to-text. When you are done, the app translates it into your language of your choice. This is especially useful if you are asking someone a quick question or want to hear the pronunciation as well.

To have an ongoing conversation, turn the phone to landscape mode and press the same microphone icon – you do not have to press and hold. You should be able to close the app by pulling up when you are done using it. We also notice buttons for pausing and playing.

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Forget Google Translate, Apple now has its own app.

Screenshot of Jason Cipriani / CNET

4. A more organized home screen with App Library

Ever wanted it your iPhone had an applause like Android? Well, it’s coming soon. It’s called the App Library.

What: App Library is a new screen that lives just to the right of your last home screen. It automatically organizes all the apps on your phone into folders. The purpose of this feature is to make it easy for you to find all the apps installed on your iPhone. It goes hand in hand with a brand new feature on the home screen that lets you hide pages of apps you rarely use.

How: You will use the App Library when you want to open an app that is not on your home screens. To get to it, swipe left (to go right) past the last home screen. You can use it in three ways. First, you can look in the automatically organized folders for the icon you want – Health & Fitness or Social, for example. At the top of the App Library screen, you will find two folders: Suggestions and Recently Added. Both automatically update and adjust which apps are in either folder based on how often you use an app and what you have recently installed. You can also search for your app by name in the search bar at the top of the screen or tap to see an alphabetical list of your apps.

Here is more information on how to do it hide home screen pages to make the App Library easier to access.

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Apple’s App Library is similar to an app box, but with folders.

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5. Widgets have a new look and a new home

You no longer need to be jealous of your Android toting friends – iPhone can now have widgets on the home screen. It is right.

What: Instead of limiting Widgets to Today View that lives on the left side of your homepage, you can now add widgets directly to your screen, with multiple sizes as an option. There’s even a Smart Stack widget that shows you information from multiple apps when it thinks you need it. For example, it can show you the weather widget followed by your calendar widget when you wake up in the morning.

How: You can see your Today View widgets as if you always have them on the left of your main screen, or you can drag and drop a widget from Today View to your Home screen. Alternatively, when editing your app layout, you can press + log in in the upper left corner of the screen, take up the widget gallery and see which widgets you can add to your device.

Widgets can be attached to your home screen and resized as desired.

Animated image by Jason Cipriani / CNET

6. Picture-in-picture is a convenience tool you will love

IPad ($ 263 at Back Market) has had the ability to play video in picture-in-picture mode for a few years now, and it finally comes to the iPhone.

What: Picture in Picture creates a thumbnail of a video that continues to play even when you are on another app or screen. It will appear when you want to switch gears to use another part of the phone, but you do not want to stop the video.

How: When you watch a video in a supported app, such as Twitch, and swipe to return to the home screen, the video continues to play, only in a smaller window. You can drag PiP around the screen, adjust the size by squeezing and zooming, and even temporarily hiding outside the screen edge. When you are done, just press X to close the video. Oh, and let’s not forget – Picture in Picture, as it is called, also works with FaceTime video calling and these other apps besides. Huzzah!

There is so much more Apple announced during WWDC, and we have a summary of everything. You can install iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 right now, as long as you are a developer.

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You can keep a FaceTime conversation running in iOS 14 while viewing your schedule or any other iPhone screen.

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