Apple has recently dropped its new iOS 14, which has been well received by the iPhone users worldwide. The new iOS version comes with some drastic changes and tons of improvements. We also tried the new iOS 14, and we have some thoughts about it. In this comprehensive review, we will tell you everything you need to know about iOS 14. Let’s get started.
Which iPhones are compatible with iOS 14?
Before we get to our review, you must know which iPhone is compatible with the iOS 14. These are the iPhones that can download the iOS 14.
- iPhone 12
- 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 & 2nd Generation)
If your iPhone is not on the above list, then you cannot use the iOS 14. However, if your iPhone is available on this list, then you can use it. Now, let’s start our review.
iOS 14 Review
iOS 14 is surely a very comprehensive update, but this whole update can be divided into two parts. The first part is the improvements where Apple has improved its existing features and apps. The second part is the addition of new features in the iOS 14.
iOS 14 Review: Improvements
In this part of the review, we will look at the major improvements you get on iOS 14.
One of the significant changes in iOS 14 is the Messages where Apple has made some major decisions to make the Messages better. Apple has taken the inspiration from the Facebook messenger group discussion feature and applied it to the Messages app. Now, you can add your friends and family members so that you could communicate easily. You can also reply to specific messages to make the conversation simpler. Also, you can mention your friends as well.
On top of that, you can customize the group messages with names and photos to make them unique. Now you can also pin the conversations which you want to stick at the top. Overall, these changes make the group conversation on Messages pretty simple, which is a great thing.
Apple has also added the “Guides” feature to Maps, which allows you to have curated reviews about places you are visiting. This feature comes in handy if you try new places as it will let you know about other buyers’ experiences in your interested place. As this feature is still relatively newer, it’s not available for many places, but the curators will curate the reviews for all major places with time.
Apart from Guides, Apple has also added the support for Bikes navigation in the Apple Maps. Now, Bikers will get the turn-by-turn navigation, and the Maps will also let the bikers now if they are using the biker lane or sharing a lane with the car. For now, this feature is limited to 3 major cities: New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, but soon it will roll out for other cities as well.
Apart from these major changes, iOS 14 comes with improvements in Siri, Picture-in-Picture Mode, Reminders, Privacy tools, Voice Memo improvement, Redesigned Weather App, magnifier, and improved search.
iOS 14 Review: New Features
In this part, we will discuss the various new features in iOS 14.
One of the major highlights of iOS 14 is the Widgets, which provide you with the information without opening the app. currently, we have widgets for weathers, appointments, sports scores, and others. It’s a new feature, and there’s still some room for improvement. For example, changing the widgets’ size isn’t very intuitive, and we think it can be improved. Also, Apple needs to add more widgets to other apps, as well.
App Library is another new feature in iOS 14 that basically organize the apps in their respective folders. Now, users can also remove the apps from the home screen, and you will still be able to find them in the Apps Library. It’s a very nifty feature that will make it easier for you to find the app and make the home screen look cleaner.
Apple has also added the new app “Translation” in the iOS 14, which allows the users to translate phrases and conversations in real-time. You can either type the word or phrase or simply say it. The app can translate 11 different languages, and Apple will add support for more languages soon.
Another addition to iOS 14 is “App Clips,” which allows users to download the app’s specific part instead of downloading the whole app. For example, if you want to buy the coffee from a coffee shop app, but you don’t want to download the app, you can do it with App Clips.
Security & Privacy
One of the main focuses of iOS 14 is security, and Apple has added the password suggestion feature in the iOS 14. If you use this feature, iOS 14 will let you know if the specific password has been part of any specific data leak or not. Also, it will suggest you change the password if it’s too easy to guess. One of the major reasons behind data loss is the weak password, and this new feature will help users pick a strong & unique password.
Also, Apple has added the privacy features in Safari to enhance your online privacy. The browser will provide the “Privacy Report,” and it will let you know which sites track your information. Safari will also let you know if any of your passwords is compromised and will let you know on time so that you could change it. Apple had also added some minor changes as well to beef up your security & privacy.
Apple has also come up with its new Compact UI, which basically restricts the phone calls & Siri to take only limited space on display instead of using the whole display. This feature works when you use FaceTime, Siri, VoIP Calls, and phone calls.
Does iOS 14 have Bugs?
Bugs is one thing which inevitable with any new OS update, and iOS 14 is no exception. iOS 14 will surely have some bugs here and there, but we haven’t encountered any during our tests. Some users reported the keyboard not appearing when using the search screen, but our experience was flawless.
Should you upgrade to iOS 14? – Verdict
iOS 14 is arguably the finest iOS update yet, and it comes with tons of great features that enhance the overall user experience. Our experience with iOS 14 was flawless, and we also loved the new update. So, if you want a feature-rich iOS with great improvements, then you should upgrade to iOS 14. Let us know your thoughts on iOS 14 in the comment section below. Also, don’t forget to check our website for more useful guides.