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Apple iOS 14 now available on iPhones: List of interesting features and how to download on your iPhones

Apple's latest iOS 14 has now gone live on current and some older generation iPhones. Find out if the OS is available for your phone.

Sushant Talwar | September 17, 2020 | Updated 12:08 IST
iOS 14

Highlights

  • iOS 14 has been released to iPhone users in India.
  • The OS has been released on iPhone 11 series and several other phones.
  • iOS14 brings with itself new features, and upgrades to SIRI.

iOS 14 is finally here. The operating system for Apple's iPhones has gone live in India today. The stable version of the mobile operating system went live in India along with global markets. Interestingly, because of the delay in the launch of the iPhone 12 series of phones this year, iOS 14 has gone live on older generation phones, and not been shown off on a new generation iPhone.

Alongside the software, the iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 are also rolling out on a range of devices. However, macOS Big Sur still has no date for release as the software remains unavailable to users.

iOS 14: List of supported devices

iOS 14, for now, has been announced to be available on a number of devices. These include iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPhone SE (2nd generation).

iOS 14: The interesting features

Apple has reworked some of the core elements of its software for iPhones. One of these is the home screen. iOS 14 now comes with a new home screen page for the application icons in a list view. It is called the App Library. This view is said to include different sorting options, which not only makes the orgnisation of apps easier by intelligently categorising them, among other things such as recently opened apps, and smart suggestions from SIRI based on the users usage.

In terms of features iOS 14 also brings a host of new features. For example, Apple is introducing new widgets, and Smart Stack that lets you have a gallery of widgets on the home screen. With this feature in play, the widgets can be set to change according to different times of the day. The widgets will be resizable, and can be put anywhere on the home screen, with other apps making way for it if they come in the way.

Apple has also introduced Picture in Picture mode with iOS 14. This basically works like how many Android users have found it works on their phones for a while now. This simply lets users play videos from the Safari browser, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video in a small floating window while they continue to do other things on your iPhone.

The new iOS 14 update also brings massive updates to SIRI. The updates, on the older phones at least, will be on the visual side of things, with SIRI now coming up with responses as notifications right on top of the page. The update also gives SIRI the ability to now send audio messages to users.

It can also now run voice dictation on a device to help keep your words more private. SIRI is also being touted to now be able to translate languages on the fly, even offline. With iOS 14 on board, text and voice can now be translated on-device using the phone's advanced hardware. All of this will be enabled through a new app called Translate.

iOS 14: How to install

The process to install iOS 14 on your iPhone is actually quite an easy one. If you haven't already installed the operating system on your phone then Navigate to General tab and then to Software Update. AFter this, your device will connect to Apple's servers and the update should show up. From there, tap on Download and install to get the iOS 14 on your device.

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