iOS 14 Leaks: Catch Up with the Much-Awaited iOS 14 Features
Going by the rumours, iOS 14 is shaping to be a massive upgrade – probably the biggest after the groundbreaking iOS 7 upgrade back in 2013. From revamping the Home screen, vastly improving iMessage to injecting the much-needed life into AR, the upcoming iOS update might just be your long-awaited upgrade. If you haven’t yet caught up with all the rumours playing around the internet, now is the perfect time to take a sneak peek into what iOS 14 leaks have in store!
iOS Users May Finally Set Third-Party Apps as Default
While everyone appreciates iOS for being pretty smooth, seamless, and secure, most find it too restrictive. Needless to say, some folks go even as far as to brand Apple’s mobile operating system as a walled garden. However, things could change come iOS 14!
Rumours suggest that the upcoming version of iOS may let users set third-party apps as default. That means you may be able to open any hyperlink in your favourite web browser and make Google Photos for storing all of your shots. Well, these are just the tip of the iceberg.
Long-Awaited iMessage Features
If rumour mills are to be believed, iMessage is set to get some of the long-awaited features. As someone who is very fond of Apple’s messaging app thanks to the trusted end-to-end encryption and deep integration with iDevices, I can’t wait to go after these all-new iOS 14 features.
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As per various leaks that have surfaced online, four notable features are doing the rounds. The option to retract sent messages, mark messages as unread, a useful group typing indicator, and the ability to mention someone in a group chat. Faced with huge competition from third-party messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, and Viber, it’s high time iMessage got these essential features.
List View for Apps
While full-on customization for Home screen may still be a few years away, you might see some significant changes in the next iteration of iOS. As per several leaks, Apple may introduce an Apple Watch-like list view for apps. With the help of list view, you can quickly scroll through apps and dive into specific ones.
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Support for Third-Party Wallpaper Packs
Another feature that seems to appeal to those who are calling for greater customization is the support for third-party wallpaper packs. They will be accessible right from the Settings app and offer and offer a range of personalization to make the Home screen appear beautiful and vibrant.
Introduction of a Fitness App
It’s no secret that Apple has always taken health and fitness very seriously – probably more vigorously than any other tech companies. And going by the rumours, the tech giant is all geared up to introduce a full-fledged Fitness app to help iOS users get fitter.
Apple Pencil Support on Websites
While there is no dearth of digital pens in the market, none can match the repertoire of Apple Pencil. That’s probably the reasons why iOS users have been asking for it for a long time. And if the rumors hit the jackpot, we might eventually see the support for Apple Pencil on websites. Though it won’t be a full-fledged support, I think it will be a great start.
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A Brand New Augmented Reality App
Despite the whirlwind introduction of ARKit at WWDC 2017, augmented reality hasn’t really taken off beyond a certain point. But that hasn’t dented Apple’s desire to give yet another push to AR in iOS 14. Going by many reports, the Cupertino-based company is likely to launch an all-new AR app called the Gobi to enhance augmented reality experience on iPhone and iPad.
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Other Notable Tidbits:
- iOS 14 will support all the iOS 13 compatible devices.
- Built-in translator in Safari.
- The translation feature will be expanded throughout the system.
WWDC 2020 is set to be held on June 22. As usual, Apple will first roll out iOS 14 to developers for testing. And the iOS 14 public beta will arrive around one month later. You can download and install the iOS 14 public beta to give it a shot in advance.