Friday, October 23, 2020

Hidden features of new iPhones – how to use them now?

published on: 01/07/2020 4:55 PM

At the last presentation, Apple introduced the new iOS, while the company showed far from all the fresh chips. Officially, the 14th OS will be released only in September, however, iPhone owners have the opportunity to install a beta version for developers right now. We’ll tell you how to do this and what unannounced innovations await users.

I’m afraid to upgrade to the version for developers. What to do?

In this case, it is best to wait for the official release. It should be held in early September – with the release of new iPhones. Of course, there is little chance that the presentation will be postponed due to the coronavirus, but this is unlikely. So wait for September and don’t worry. But if you can’t wait to try out the new chips, read our material.

Minor bugs

The beta version has just been released, so the presence of bugs in it is inevitable. In a couple of days of testing, we found several, and they are all connected with third-party applications. In particular, Yandex.Navigator does not work correctly: if you try to zoom out or zoom in on the map, the program suggests putting a point in the place where the user clicks with his finger. As a result, you can neither change the scale nor move the map – you can only monitor the current route.

The second error occurred in the Boom music application, and after a few hours it disappeared. When driving the name of the artist in the search, the program unexpectedly crashed. At the time of writing, the bug was gone. Well, we already wrote about the third bug above – it concerns the incorrect operation of some widgets (for example, Apple maps).

It is important to understand that all these are trifles that will definitely be fixed in future versions of iOS. Actually, this is exactly why Apple is releasing beta versions of operating systems so that third-party developers have time to prepare their applications for the final release.

Safe start

Before upgrading, you need to make a backup copy of your phone – you take all actions at your own peril and risk, so there’s a small chance to ruin the device. It’s quite simple to save all the data: this is done through iCloud (you need to go to the settings, click on your account from above, select the iCloud item, and in the next menu select the “Backup” item. In the window that opens, click on the “Create Backup” button and wait until the process is complete.

The second option (wired) is done using a computer / laptop with iTunes installed. To do this, you need to connect the phone to the device, open the “Overview” tab in the program, check the box “This computer” and press the button “Create a copy now”. In general, the process is elementary – just look at the screenshot to understand everything.

A matter of technology

We’ve finished security, so we’ll go directly to installing a new operating system. There is also nothing complicated here: first you need to download the configuration for developers to the phone.

After downloading the file, you will see a window with the inscription “Profile loaded.” Close it and go to “Settings” -> “General” -> “Profile”. There should appear the item iOS 14 Beta Software Profile. Click on it and find the “Install” button. After that, the phone will require you to enter a PIN code and ask for a reboot for the changes to take effect.

After the reset, you must again go to the basic settings and select the “Software Update” item. iPhone should check for updates and to find the beta version of iOS 14. Well, then you need to act on the standard template – click “download and update” and wait for 20 – 30 minutes, until a fresh Operating System is on the phone.

Viva la widgets

One of the most notable innovations that Apple talked about at the presentation is the appearance of widgets on the desktop. Yes, now Apple’s operating system has become even more reminiscent of Android.

It is difficult to say how convenient these widgets are, and indeed are necessary for ordinary users. So far, users have access to a very limited set of standard applications, half of which are useless in the form of widgets. For example, Apple’s “Maps” simply show the location of a person, and if you install the maximum version of the widget on your desktop, a good half of the screen will be occupied by a gray useless square.

A widget with photos is also not very useful to anyone: in both available modes, it displays only one photo. To see the rest, you have to open a gallery. Therefore, why this widget is needed is still incomprehensible. Maybe closer to the official release of iOS 14 it (along with “Maps”) will be “finished”. In addition, third-party developers will add their own solutions.

Of the really useful widgets, you can mark the “Calendar”, “Weather”, “Notes” and “Batteries”. With the first three, everything is clear, and the last one shows how much charge the “apple” accessories connected to the smartphone have. So, right on the main screen you can find out the percentage of remaining energy from the Apple Watch or AirPods wireless headphones.

Curiously, users can create a whole “stack” of widgets by stacking them on top of each other. Apparently, this is necessary to save space on the home screen if a person wants to add several widgets at once. You can scroll through them using swipe up and down. We checked – this feature works without any bugs.

Folders, folders, folders

Even the Cupertinians paid a lot of attention to functions called the App Library. With its help, the system learned to automatically sort all installed applications into folders. A separate screen is allocated for the service, which comes after all the main pages with the programs.

Grouping in some cases works illogically. For example, the Weather & Maps applications are in the Reference & Reading folder. At the same time, the rest of the collections were formed quite competently: in the Social folder there were really messengers and social networks, and in Education there were all installed programs for learning English. By the way, some folders are called Russian words, and the rest for some reason did not translate into the great and mighty.

It’s important that automatically generated folders are just an addition to the standard iOS features. Regular folders have not disappeared: if desired, the user can continue to use their own sets of applications, and turn off the screen with automatically created ones.

Picture in Picture

Another long-awaited update was the “Picture in Picture” mode. Now users can turn on video on top of other applications: stretch it and drag it around the screen. Below is an example of interaction with a smartphone on which a video with a recording of a concert by Igor Talkov is included.

Unfortunately, there are limitations in the beta version: you won’t be able to enable the “Picture-in-Picture” mode in the YouTube application, instead you’ll have to open the video you need through Safari. But we are sure that by the release of the final version of iOS 14 it will be possible to use a video hosting application for these purposes.

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