Top 35 iOS 14 Features You Might Not Know About

The recently announced iOS 14 seems to continue to enjoy great attention since its official introduction. The reason is not far from the amazing features it brings. From the well-timed App Library to smart app widgets to the long-awaited Picture-in-Picture mode, the latest iteration of iOS has got the features to warrant a worthy upgrade from iOS 13. Though big-ticket iOS 14 features got the spotlight during the WWDC 2020, a ton of notable yet slightly hidden iOS 14 features didn’t receive the same attention.

But bother not, we’ve dived into the detail to compile an extensive roster of the best iOS 14 hidden features that you would love to take a peek at. If you wish to unravel them all, now is the right time to get started

Cool iOS 14 Hidden Features

1. Photos Privacy

In the latest iteration of iOS, you can allow apps to access only selected photos rather than the whole photo library when they ask for access to your Photos app. It’s a much better way to prevent apps from having access to your entire library.

2. Local Network Privacy

Another notable privacy feature worth taking note of is that apps need to ask for permission to find and connect with devices on the local network. Looking at this vital privacy feature, all I can say that it looks Apple-esque from the core.

3. Organize Photos Using Filters

In iOS 14, you can ideally organize photos using a filter and sort features. Courtesy the introduction of the pinch and zoom gestures, navigation has become a breeze. Better still, you can also add captions to photos and videos to make them appear contextual. And with the much-improved image picker, finding specific images is no longer time-consuming.

4. Exposure Compensation in Camera

iOS 14 features an all-new exposure compensation control that allows you to lock an exposure value while separately locking camera focus. So, the next time you want to snap a cool shot, be sure to get the most out of exposure compensation.

5. Home screen Customization

Now, you can customize the Home screen from the Settings app. For instance, you have the option to add new apps to the App Library or keep them on the Home screen. Besides, there is also an option to show notification badges in the App Library. Though it’s not full-on customization, it might be the start of something big to come.

iOS 14 - Home screen Customization

6. QuickTake now available for iPhone XR and XS

QuickTake, which allows you to capture video by holding down the button in Photo mode on Apple’s newer iPhones like iPhone 11 Series, is now available on iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max as well.

7. QuickTake Volume Buttons

iOS 14 now lets you capture QuickTime video just by holding the Volume Down button. Pressing on the volume up button allows you to snap burst-mode photos. Keep in mind, you will need to enable this option before you will be able to capture burst using the volume up button. Settings app -> Camera. Now, turn on the switch for Use Volume Up for Burst.

iOS 14 - QuickTake Volume Buttons

8. Video Mode Quick Toggles

All iPhones now feature quick toggles for switching video resolution and frame rate. Thanks (Apple) for finally adding this long-awaited feature!

9. Night Mode Improvements

The latest version of iOS has got some Night Mode improvements as well. When the Night Mode is activated on the iPhone, the camera takes advantage of the gyroscope to offer a guidance indicator that helps you in holding the camera steadily. Besides, it has also got a nifty option to let you cancel a photo mid-capture.

iOS 14 - Night Mode Improvements

10. Mirrored Selfies

In iOS 14, you can capture mirrored selfies that reflect the front camera preview rather than flipped selfies. To use this feature, you need to first turn on the Mirror Front Camera in the Settings. (Settings app -> Camera -> Mirror Front Camera)

iOS 14 - Mirrored Selfies

11. FaceTime Picture in Picture

With the introduction of the picture-in-picture mode, you can now carry out other activities like browsing the web, taking a note or messaging with your friends while FaceTiming with your friends.

12. FaceTime Eye Contact

Apple has reintroduced the Attention Aware feature which had been removed from an iOS 13 beta. Named “eye contact”, it helps in establishing eye contact during the video call.

13. Messages Threaded Conversations

One of my favorite features that have graced the stock messaging app is the conversation threads for group chats. What’s more, it also works in standard chats with just one other person, allowing you to tap on any message to reply to that message directly.

14. macOS-Style Emoji picker

iOS 14 has come with the same emoji search interface that’s has existed on the Mac. With the emoji picker, it has become pretty straightforward to find specific emojis.

15. Music App Redesign

The Music app‘s interface has been redesigned to look more intuitive. The bottom navigation menu features Browse, Radio, Library, and Search tabs. Noticeably, the For You tab has been replaced with Listen Now. What’s more, the app also features a handy Autoplay feature that automatically finds new music at the end of a song or a playlist so that your music spree doesn’t come to a halt.

iOS 14 - Music App Redesign

16. Health Checklist

The Health app has got a Health Checklist that enables you to manage health and safety info with ease. It features data types for several notable info including ECG, symptoms, health records, mobility, and more.

17. On-device intelligence for Notes

Thanks to the on-device intelligence, search has become way faster in the Notes app. So, search for specific notes shouldn’t be a big deal now. Besides, the tech giant has also made scanning docs a breeze.

iOS 14 - On-device intelligence for Notes

With the touch and hold on the Aa button, you can edit the text styles quickly. On the iPad running iPadOS 14, Notes comes with a shape recognition to convert imperfectly drawn shapes into perfect ones.

18. Quick Entry for Reminders

The stock reminders app has got some well-timed enhancements as well. Now, it comes with a Quick Entry option and smart suggestions that make capturing new reminders pretty quick. Unlike before, Shared list members can choose to assign reminders to each other to split up the task in a better way. Besides, it also supports the editing of multiple reminders at one go.

19. AirPods API

In what could prove to be a game-changer for AirPods, Apple now allows developers to access a Motion API for the AirPods Pro. As a result, they can get access to orientation, user acceleration, and rotational rates for AirPods Pro which is said to be very pivotal for fitness apps and games.

iOS 14 - AirPods API

20. AirPods Battery Notifications

Did you ever find your AirPods dying abruptly and you had no other option but put the earbuds on the charge, halting the exciting music-listening spree?  If yes, iOS 14 has got a better solution for that. Now, you will get AirPods battery notifications, informing if you need to charge your AirPods.

21. Automatic Switching for AirPods

AirPods can now seamlessly switch between Apple devices with automatic device switching. Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking can now deliver a theater-like experience to AirPods Pro.

22. Third-Party Default Apps

For the folks who had been asking for the freedom to set third-party apps as default, there is something to cheer about. If that’s you, this one could easily top your list. With iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, you can set third-Party mail and browser apps as the default option. This is my favorite hidden feature in iOS 14.

23. Up Next for Podcasts

Podcasts app also features a useful Up Next option that allows users to make an episode queue for a seamless listening experience. Additionally, it has also streamlined the downloading of recommended content.

iOS 14 - Up Next for Podcasts

24. Enhanced Recording for Voice Memos

It comes with an Enhance Recording feature that allows you to improve the sound quality of your recordings. Further, it also has organizational options to keep all of your recordings in the right sync.

25. Weather Provides Info on Many Events

The Weather app now offers info on many weather events and upcoming shifts in weather. In the U.S., the app will feature a chart with a minute-by-minute forecast of precipitation intensity.

26. WiFi Private Address

In iOS 14, whenever you connect to a WiFi network, you will get an option called “Use Private Address” that prevents network operators from tracking your iPhone. You can fine-tune this privacy feature from the Settings -> WiFi -> WiFi network.

27. APFS Support for Files

The Files app for iOS 14 has got the support for external drives that use APFS encryption. It can play a vital role in managing your files.

28. Magnifier UI

The Control Center now sports an updated interface for the magnification feature.

29. Sound Recognition added in Control Center

iOS 14 has added a new toggle for Sound Recognition in Control Center. It’s designed to continuously listen for certain sounds and notifies you when sounds are recognized.

30. Sleep Mode in Control Center

There is a new Sleep Mode toggle in the Control Center that allows you to put your iOS device in Sleep Mode. When the sleep mode is activated, the screen will turn dark, and Do Not Disturb will be enabled.

iOS 14 - Sleep Mode in Control Center

31. HomeKit Favorites in Control Center

With the latest version of iOS, you can access your favorite HomeKit scenes right from the Control Center. So, no more digging deep into the Home just for controlling the scenes that you like to keep on your radar!

32. Back Tap Accessibility Option

There is a super handy Accessibility feature called Back Tap that allows you to create a double-tap or triple-tap gesture that invokes an action when you tap on the back of the iPhone.

33. Headphone Accommodations

Accessibility now features Headphone Accommodations that amplify soft sounds and tunes audio. As a result, music, movies, phone calls, and podcasts sound crisper and clearer.

34. Smarter VoiceOver

VoiceOver, noted screen reader for the blind community, can now automatically recognize what is displayed visually onscreen. Though it might not seem to be a big feature, it could be quite helpful for the blind.

iOS 14 - Smarter VoiceOver

35. Digital Car Keys Based on U1 Chip

Aside from introducing the Digital car keys which offer a secure way to use iPhone or Apple Watch to unlock and start their car, the tech giant has also unveiled the digital car keys based on Ultra-Wideband technology for spatial awareness delivered through the U1 chip. With this smart car keys, you can unlock future car models without removing your iPhone from your pocket or bag. It will roll out next year.

When Is iOS 14 Coming To My Device?

As is usually the case, iOS 14 will be released this fall. Going by the past records, it will launch in September. Apple has already rolled out the developer beta of iOS 14 and the public beta is set to be launched in July.

List Of iPhone/iPad Compatible With iOS 14/iPadOS 14

iOS 14 works with many older devices including iPhone 6s and SE. The bottom line is that if your device supports iOS 13, it will get the iOS 14 update.

  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro and Pro Max
  • iPhone XS,  XS‌ Max, and XR ‌
  • iPhone‌ X, ‌iPhone‌ 8 and‌ 8 Plus
  • ‌iPhone‌ 7 and 7 Plus
  • ‌iPhone SE, and SE 2
  • ‌iPhone‌ 6s and 6s Plus
  • iPod touch (7th-generation)

Just like iOS 14, iPadOS 14 also supports older iPad models.

  • All ‌iPad‌ Pro models
  • iPad‌ 5, 6, and 7
  • iPad‌ mini 4 and 5
  • iPad Air 2 and 3

Explore the Amazing iOS 14 Hidden Features

So, these are the top iOS 14 hidden features. Though they may not have got the needed highlight at the WWDC event, they have got the quality to appeal to most iOS users. Have you also come across some concealed features in iOS 14? If yes, be sure to share them with us. You can also give your feedback about the latest iteration of iOS and whether or not it has lived up to your expectation.

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