Rumors surrounding iOS 14 features have just started to gather momentum. And looking at all the leaks that have surfaced recently, it seems to be the right time to catch up with the upcoming iOS version. With iOS 13 being dubbed as probably the most unstable iteration ever, chances are pretty high that iOS 14 would be more geared towards enhancing performance rather than being loaded with several top-of-the-line features.
Despite the seemingly more focus on performance improvement, we expect the next iteration of iOS to embrace some notable features. Based on our instincts and what the rumor mills say, we have listed all the possible iOS 14 features that are likely to grace your iPhone in 2020. So, if you want to get on board with the predictions (and of course a little bit of wishlist), let’s dive straight into the rundown!
iOS 14 Features: Release Date, Compatibility & All The Rumored New Add-Ons
iOS 14 Release Date
Let’s get it out of the way first up just in case you are wondering when will iOS 14 come out or for that matter when you will be able to try your hands on it!
If Apple decides to remain in sync with the past trends, iOS 14 would see the light of the day at WWDC 2020. And the tech giant would release the iOS 14 beta (for developers and public) subsequently. As always, the official launch of the new iOS version would take place in the fall – somewhere between the 2nd or 3rd/4th week of September.
iOS 14 Compatible Devices
If rumor mills are to be believed, iOS 14 would support all the devices that work with iOS 13. That means even older devices like iPhone 6s and iPhone SE would be able to run the upcoming software version.
Following are the devices that are likely to work with iOS 14:
- iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max
- iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPod touch (7th gen)
Special Configuration Menu
Following iOS 13’s failure to provide stable performance due largely to a range of issues like wireless charging and Wi-Fi problems, Apple is facing flak from all corners. Some experts have even gone on record saying iOS no longer offers the smooth performance that it’s known for.
The tech giant has taken the criticism on the chin and is believed to be working on a special configuration menu to deal with the work-in-progress features in a better way. It can help the company not only keep a tab on the feedback of the new features but also improve adaptability – thereby making it easier to deal with the ill-functioning new add-ons.
“With iOS 14, the plan is that all work-in-progress features for OS builds are disabled by default and have to be enabled using a special configuration menu. This should let Apple management keep tabs on the progress of their new operating system releases and make the software more flexibly adaptable; features that are not ready to ship can be more easily removed.” 9to5Mac
iOS 14 Expected Features
Banner-Cased Call Notification
The days are gone when a phone used to be primarily considered for making and receiving calls. With time, it has vastly evolved to be a top-notch pocket camera, health and fitness tracker, a hub for controlling smart home devices, and whatnot.
Despite such evolution, whenever a call comes, it takes over the entire screen, thereby putting all other tasks on the back burner. Come on, it’s 2020! And Apple should better introduce a banner-based call notification so that the incoming call won’t take over the entire screen.
Split View/Picture-In-Picture/Slide Over
Going by the rumors, Apple is all set to introduce as many as 4 iPhone 12 Series devices at the September event. While two iPhones will flaunt 6.1-inch screen sizes, one will feature a 5.4-inch screen and the big daddy will rock a massive 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR Display. Could you believe it!
While I have always loved using an iPhone with an ultra-large screen, I think Apple doesn’t yet offer a way to get the most out of the big screen. There is no point in having a 6.7-inch real estate if you can’t get some pie out of multitasking features like Split View, Picture-in-Picture mode, and Slide Over.
The support for these features (at least on the big daddy) will make the smartphone more productive and a better tool to kill two birds with one stone.
Apple Pencil Support for Pro Max Devices
While Apple Pencil support for the iPhone may seem a little too much for many, I think it’s the right time to turn the page (from being a stylus hater to a lover) and embrace this aspect. Again, the prime reason why I’m kind of endorsing it is because of the ever-increasing screen size of the iPhone.
With the so-called iPhone 12 Pro Max likely to have a whopping 6.7-inch display, the idea of making the Apple Pencil work with the smartphone doesn’t seem a bad proposition. Having tried my hands on the digital pen and found it pretty good on the iPad, I would give it a thumbs up if Apple decides to bring it on.
Merge Duplicate Contacts
As many as 13 major iterations of iOS have come and gone but the stock contacts app has seen very little change. Not to mention, the app still doesn’t offer a better way to deal with duplicate contacts. There is no native way to merge multiple duplicate contacts at one go on the iPhone. Hopefully, Apple breaks the jinx this year.
Unlike Android, iOS offers very little space for customization. While it sounds alright from a seamless performance point of view, considering too many tweaks can make the whole experience chaotic, at times the walled garden seems a little too mundane. And I guess even the greatest Apple fanboys may agree to it.
That’s the reason why I’m calling for a well-structured theme-kit that can offer some nice customization into the mix. Using the native customization tool, one can personalize the app icons and even tweak the layout of the home screen. As customization would be optional, the old-timers can keep it away if they don’t like it. And the ones who like to sing and dance can go for it full on.
Other Notable iOS 14 Features Wishlist
Aside from the above-explained iOS 14 features, I’m rooting for the following new add-ons. Hopefully, Apple brings at least some of them into reality. So, I’m keeping the fingers crossed, even though they might seem a little too far-fetched now.
- A better way to hide personal photos and videos
- A system-wide app locker
- A native PDF editor
- An efficient Screen Time Passcode Recovery Tool
- The ability to restore from iCloud backup without needing to erase all the existing content and settings
- The option to download an older version of apps
- The ability to unlock iPhone using Siri (a little far-fetched now. But hey, I want it badly.)
Stay Tuned In For More…
As I said above, it’s an ever-updating post so it may see a lot of changes as more rumors surrounding iOS 14 surface online. So, don’t forget to bookmark this roundup if you want to keep tabs on all the new add-ons that are likely to grace the next iteration of iOS.