Apple announced its new IOS 14 operating system for the iPhone earlier this week, packed with a wide range of new features.
These include far greater customization of the home screen than the iPhone has seen before, including the introduction of widgets to fit among your app icons. iOS 14 now also supports picture-in-picture, so you can view a video of FaceTime call in a small window while looking at another app on your phone.
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The Messages app has received a number of new features, including the ability to pin conversations to the top of the page, a mentioning system in group messages, and inline replies.
There is also a range of new Memoji options, a new app called Translate for instant, AI-powered language translation, a range of updates to the Maps app including cycling navigation and electric car route planning, and Sis has been redesigned to take up less on-screen space.
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A new function called CarKey lets iPhone users turn their handset into a car key fob, using NFC to unlock compatible cars. Finally, the Home app has been updated to bring a range of powerful new features to your smart home.
As is often the case with Apple, the latest iOS will be available to a wide range of iPhone models, dating back several years. For iOS 14, handsets stretching back to the five-year-old iPhone 6S will get the update.
However, some features are only available on newer models. For example, CarKey is only supported by all iPhone X- and 11-generation handsets, plus the second-generation iPhone SE (and the Apple Watch Series 5). Also, locking exposure value and camera focus in the camera app is limited to the iPhone XS and later.
iOS 14 is available as a beta for developers now, and will be released as a public beta in July. These are often buggy, don't work with all third-party applications right away, and should not be installed on your primary device. iOS 14 will be released in its finished form this fall.
Here are the iPhones (and iPod touch) that work with iOS 14:
- 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 generation)
- iPhone SE (2nd generation)
- iPod touch (7th generation)