FAQ: iOS 14

Here’s what Ap­ple has in store for your iPhone this au­tumn. Ja­son Cross re­ports

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As ex­pected, Ap­ple an­nounced the next ma­jor re­vi­sion to its phone op­er­at­ing sys­tem at its WWDC 2020 vir­tual de­vel­oper con­fer­ence. And as usual, the new iOS is full of fea­tures big and small.

A new home screen with the App Li­brary

Ap­ple is fi­nally chang­ing the iOS home screen. With iOS 14, you’ll be able to ac­tu­ally re­move apps from your home screens, and even elim­i­nate en­tire screens. Your apps will all re­main in a new App Li­brary, a page that is one swipe be­yond your fi­nal home screen.

The App Li­brary au­to­mat­i­cally groups all your apps to­gether into big fold­ers that show the most re­cently used apps within. You can search for apps with a search box at the top, see au­to­mated sug­ges­tions in the up­per­left box, and re­cently used apps in the up­per-right box. Fold­ers will also be au­to­mat­i­cally or­ga­nized by categories, such as So­cial, Health & Fit­ness, and so on.

It is a great way to clean up your iPhone’s home screen with­out los­ing ac­cess to all your stuff, and it is the most sig­nif­i­cant change to the iPhone’s home screen in years.

New Wid­gets on the To­day view and home screen

Wid­gets have been avail­able on iOS for years, liv­ing in a sim­ple ver­ti­cal list of full-width boxes on the To­day screen (that screen to the left of your first home screen).

With iOS 14, Ap­ple will com­pletely over­haul the wid­gets ex­pe­ri­ence. The new wid­gets can have more in­for­ma­tion and a bunch of new sizes, but most im­por­tantly, they can be dragged right off the To­day view and onto your home screen.

One swipe past your last home screen is the App Li­brary, where all your apps live, and are au­to­mat­i­cally or­ga­nized

The first two boxes show sug­gested apps based on your time and lo­ca­tion and most re­cently used apps

Wid­gets now come in lots of new shapes and sizes

Wid­gets on the home screen? Fi­nally!

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