We installed iOS 14 Emulator For Android on a Samsung Device and used it daily for almost a month. This is what we thought of the next major update of Apple’s mobile operating system!
Like every year, Apple took advantage of its WWDC opening conference to present the new version of its operating systems. In the batch, we obviously find iOS 14, and its equivalent for iPad, logically named iPadOS 14. While the latter makes a few significant additions, it mainly includes the new features introduced in the 14th iteration of Apple’s mobile OS. It was installed on an iPhone 11 Pro Max and used daily for almost a month before its release for all on 16 September 2020. Verdict!
Tidying up, at last!
For the very first time, Apple has modified its famous home screen. Since 2007 and the launch of the very first iPhone, it hadn’t moved an inch (contrary to the size of the screens) despite 13 iterations of iOS. This year, the famous grids of icons spread over several pages are still present, but Apple finally gives us the possibility to hide them if necessary. A bit like Android, the firm is introducing the App Library – or Apps Library – an equivalent to the Android application drawer. But as usual, Apple didn’t simply take over the idea of Google’s OS without giving it a try. In this App Library, located on the last page on the right, you’ll find all the applications installed on the iPhone, classified in folders according to their theme, and whose size is more or less large depending on how the user uses them. Thus, the apps used regularly will be displayed in bulk, while others will become smaller and smaller. In use, this hierarchy of apps has been found very practical and relevant, especially since it is also possible to display an alphabetical list with a swipe down. It is also possible to keep only the desired number of pages on the home screen. For my part, I have only kept one application page, while the others are now accessible from this famous App Library.
Widgets are coming to iOS 14
Another notable addition: iOS finally welcomes widgets on the home screen! If these widgets now act as dinosaurs in the Android world, Apple has finally decided to accept them on iOS. Since we had a beta in our hands, however, we were only able to test the widgets of the Apple native applications, which is enough to get an idea. We can imagine that the developers of popular applications like Spotify or YouTube Music will soon offer theirs when the final version of iOS 14 Emulator For Android is released this fall.
Also, this new version of iOS is less intrusive on certain points. Calls will no longer be displayed in full screen, but via a small notification bar at the top of the screen. Android users reading this may find this aberrant, but yes, incoming calls were still taking up the entire screen up to iOS 14 Emulator For Android.
Also, Apple has generalised the use of PIP (or Picture-in-Picture for intimates), already present on the iPad. From now on, you will be able to navigate on your iPhone, even during a FaceTime call, without the caller pausing. The same goes for videos displayed on the web and from apps, which will continue to be overlaid in a small, resizable floating window on the home screen. Of course, YouTube blocks this feature without a premium subscription, but it’s worked everywhere else. The same goes for Siri, which now displays a small animation at the bottom of the screen when activated.
More privacy protection
Already a pretty good student when it comes to privacy protection, Apple is improving iOS even further and an iPhone under iOS 14 Emulator For Android will now display a discreet green or orange light above the network bar, should an application with access to the camera or microphone ever be installed. Such a good idea that an Android application has already taken over.
Otherwise, there are plenty of good ideas. For example, a search bar dedicated to emojis appears on the virtual keyboard, and you can also “create” a new physical button and assign a function to it, Also on iPhone’s back, a double or triple ‘tap’ .You can also (finally) change the default applications, even if only the web browser and email client are affected for the moment. This remains good news for those who swear by Google’s solutions. Other functions are also planned in the final version of iOS 14: App Clips, which will allow you to download a “lite” version of an app for occasional use, the arrival of bike routes in Maps, or a brand new in-house translation application.
iOS 14, is it worth it?
iOS 14 is not a breakthrough update like iPadOS 13 was for the iPad last year. Rather than drastically upgrading its OS, Apple has chosen instead to make up for some of the lost ground it has lost to the competition over the years. The arrival of widgets, or the Library of Apps, in particular, are among those additions clearly drawn from the Android world and that we won’t give up once we’ve tasted it. As for the calls that no longer appear in full screen, or the arrival of the Picture-in-picture mode already used on the iPad, here again, we wonder how we could have stuck with some interface remnants from the first versions of iOS, corrected a long time ago on Google’s OS. Nevertheless, as usual, if Apple doesn’t come first, the fact remains that Apple offers an original way of doing things, with extremely well-thought-out functions. iOS 14 is rather well dusting off the iPhone, which may have taken a few wrinkles in places, and continues to refine the user experience. A small vintage, of course, but whose additions are largely likely to justify its installation… or even flirt with Android users?
iOS 14 has been available for all iPhones from iPhone 6S since September 16th. To install it, go to Settings, General, then Software Update.
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