Apple’s online only 2020 the worldwide developer conference where they of course typically have a lot to say about software there’s sometimes some hardware surprises there was no hardware this year but they did have some good announcements there’s some cool new features and there was a bigger a bigger announcement at the end
ios 14. and there’s some new features and some fresh new looks and there was a sort of a theme to it uh don’t worry you’ll pick up on it so first off in the iphone there’s what’s called the app library basically an app drawer that’s organized by categories recently added etc helps you see everything in one place instead of having to swipe swipe swipe through all of your pages of apps and what i thought was nice is now since you have that all app view you can actually hide some of those extra pages of apps that you don’t need just sitting.
over there so you go into what they called i swear they called it on stage jiggle view i just go into jiggle mode and then tap the dots at the bottom and then just uncheck the pages that you don’t want to see anymore nice then they also added widgets to the home screen so they’re taking them out of the today only view on the side and you can put those widgets anywhere on your home screen well actually not quite anywhere on the home screen i still think they’re pinned to the top so you can’t truly put them anywhere on the whole grid like free placement like a certain other os with widgets but nevertheless widgets are welcome they’re rich they have plenty of information in them plus there’s this new smart stack widget which essentially changes what widget it is throughout the day so it starts off as like your calendar widget.
in the morning but through the day as things happen or as it knows what you want to do it’ll switch to your news briefing during the day or maybe turns into a summary of your fitness activity in the afternoon like hey get a workout in so home screen customization an app drawer widgets on the home screen just also added picture-in-picture video support much more generally and that’s something that’s been sorely missed for a while in ios that’s been in other os’s and then siri has a ui overhaul it’s not full screen anymore but it’s a much smaller portion along the bottom of the screen now you know kind of like the google assistant with i don’t know it’s kind of like android crawled so iphone could run but for real siri should have way more answers in her knowledge graph now so she can hopefully answer way more questions instead of just telling you here i looked that up for you or here’s what i found and then there’s a few more things like a new translate app that they’re adding which will hopefully let you have conversations back and forth in different languages you know if only there was some other industry standard translate app i could compare that to okay.
i’ll stop and then there’s also something called app clips and they basically let you interact with small parts of apps that you don’t even have installed and it’ll plug into apple pay and sign in with apple and everything else and you can really quickly do stuff that you couldn’t do without that app and they’ve made it easy for developers to build in reminds me a lot of okay androids instant apps basically the theme of course is we’re going to see a lot more overlap with these two mature os’s ios and android it’s just funny that so many of these new features in ios 14 have been around since like the beginning of android but that’s not to say there weren’t some other features that weren’t in android and hey maybe they should copy these features in the messaging app for example you’d be able to pin conversations to the top and they added inline replies in group chat and mentions in a thread so you can have a group chat that only sends you notifications
when someone mentions your name kind of like slack that’s pretty sweet apple maps has now added a couple new countries and a dedicated cycling mode for when there’s bike routes and also a new ev routing mode where it knows once you tell it what type of electric car you have and then can route you along the way where you have compatible chargers for your car that’s something google maps should add and then underrated carplay gets a nice fresh ui overhaul with wallpapers a good wallpaper just really sets your mood for the day not gonna lie but maybe the most impressive demo of them all was using the iphone as car keys so the first car that’s going to be compatible with this is the 2021 bmw m5 which they had there and there will be more cars in the future compatible with this but it will literally use nfc to turn your phone into your car keys to unlock the car and then dock it and start up and drive away which on one hand is like oh great okay,