Every year the hype rises sky-high when Apple unveils something new. Whether it is a new iPhone or a new iOS, enthusiasts wait eagerly for its release. This year the trend continues as well. A few days ago the Cupertino tech mammoth dropped the first developer beta of iOS 14. The regular public beta will roll out next month. The new mobile operating system iOS 14 brings a plethora of new features for the iPhone. In this guide, we will discuss iOS 14 Hidden Features and tricks.
The WWDC keynote mentioned some of the key features which are new additions to the iPhone. However, there are many more small features and changes that have arrived with the all-new iOS 14. We will discuss these features in this guide. I have been running the iOS 14 1st Beta for 2 days now. I am discovering several features one-by-one as I’m spending time with the new OS.
- iOS 14 Hidden Features
- Spam Message Filter
- Pin Important Messages
- Sleep Mode and Wind Down
- Back Tap
- New Siri Interface
- Mirror Front Camera
- App Library
- AirPods Charging Reminder
- New Widgets with customization Options
- User Gets Notified When an App Reads the Clipboard Info
- Picture-in-Picture Mode
- Translate App
- New Interface for Alarm Setup
- Download Apple TV+ Shows Over Cellular Data
- Indication of Camera/Microphone Use
- Change Video Format from Camera App
- Tracker Prevention on Safari browser
- Banner Notification for Bluetooth Device
iOS 14 Hidden Features
Let’s check out the new features.
Spam Message Filter
We all hate spam on our inbox, let it be in the message box or email. To deal with that Apple has introduced a message filter. It will help categorize the message based on who has sent it. The various categories include known senders, unknown senders, promotional messages, etc.
Pin Important Messages
In a day we receive several messages on iMessage. While some of them are not important to us, some would be very important ones. So, iOS 14 brings you the feature that enables the user to pin the important message at the top of all other conversations. This will make it easily accessible.
Pinning is easy to do. Simply long-press on a message and you will see a small menu. From that select Pin the contact Name. The contact Name can be the name of the person who has sent you the message.
Sleep Mode and Wind Down
You set a sleeping goal to keep track of your sleep schedule. You can find this feature on the Health App. For the sleep duration you have set, the Do Not Disturb will turn on automatically. Here is a video to set up sleep mode on iOS 14.
To take a screenshot, simply tap two times on the backside of your iPhone. No, I’m not kidding. The new iOS 14 has this feature called Backtap that allows double tap and triple tap to accomplish certain user-defined tasks.
You can find it under the Accessibility feature. Also, you can summon it using Siri. However, this feature is limited to iPhones with face ID feature. Touch ID iPhone users cannot find the Back tap feature on iOS 14.
New Siri Interface
The GUI for Siri has a new makeover with the new iOS 14. Also, there is a new automation feature that will allow users to pre-set Siri’s actions. This will include set action for adjusting brightness, enabling/disabling low power mode.
Mirror Front Camera
Today it’s the era of selfies and Apple is making sure that it’s users do not miss out on that. Hence, with iOS 14, you get the all-new Mirror Front Camera option.
- Go to Settings > Camera
- Scroll down to Mirror Front Camera. Enable the toggle beside it
Apple realized that users do not like too many app icons on their home screen. Hence, the concept of the App Library has been introduced with iOS 14.
Instead of creating clutter on your home screen with a dozen apps, you can remove them but without getting completely deleted the app gets relocated to the App Library. This is a cool and smart move from Apple.
AirPods Charging Reminder
iOS 14 will remind the user when their Apple AirPods will require charging after continuous use.
New Widgets with customization Options
The widgets panel on the home screen has been revamped. Also, you can now drag and drop the widget of your choice along with the apps on the home screen. You can even stack widgets. This means multiple widgets can be seen on the home screen on various points of time in a day.
Let me show you an example. I have stacked the battery widget and the weather widget one above the other. If I wish to change the weather widget to the battery widget, I simply pinch on the weather widget and pull up gently to make the battery widget visible.
User Gets Notified When an App Reads the Clipboard Info
If the user copies a fragment of the text and tries to paste it on another app, the user gets notified that the copied text was read by the target app. It is a common occurrence but the users should get to know about this.
One of the most user-friendly features that allow the user to minimize the video to the home screen and use other apps as well. If you are watching a video and at the same time you need to use WhatsApp this is how you do it.
- Make sure you are watching the video on fullscreen
- Press the home button or swipe up depending upon whichever type of iPhone you are using
- Then the video will appear in a mini frame. You can pinch with your fingers to increase or decrease the size of the frame as per your need.
- At the same time, you can open WhatsApp and check your message without any obstacle.
iOS 14 brings along a dedicated app for performing translation from one language to another. It works just fine.
New Interface for Alarm Setup
The Alarm clock feature is having a new interface for setting alarm. It looks good and works without any bug.
Download Apple TV+ Shows Over Cellular Data
Yes, this feature is now live with the new iOS 14 and is exclusively available for the Indian iPhone users.
Indication of Camera/Microphone Use
If any app is using the camera or microphone a red and green dot will be visible on the home screen at the top of the display.
Change Video Format from Camera App
With iOS 14, users can change the video format manually from within the camera app.
- Launch the camera app
- Tap on video
- On the video tab, in the upper right corner, you can see the frame rate and video capture quality.
Tracker Prevention on Safari browser
Again trying to protect the privacy of the users, Apple has introduced tracker prevention. If you visit any website, tap on the font menu in the address bar. You will get the Tracking Report feature and you can view the stats of trackers prevented by the Safari browser.
Banner Notification for Bluetooth Device
Here is another iOS 14 hidden feature. If you connect to a Bluetooth audio device, then a pop-up banner notification will show up on the display. This will help you not invoke the control center to check up on whether you connected to the device or not.
So, these are some of the cool iOS 14 hidden features you must know about if you are an Apple enthusiast. So, have you installed the iOS 14 1st developer beta.? How’s your experience.? If you noticed any other feature do share it in the comments section below.