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iOS 14: Huge iPhone update coming today – time, features and why you need to back your phone up NOW

A MAJOR iPhone update is coming to your handset on Wednesday, so get ready to download it.

Your home screen will change, and new apps will appear on your device. Here’s a complete guide to iOS 14.

⚠ Read our Apple Event live blog for the very latest news & updates

The new App Library in iOS 14 helps you find apps – and clean up your home screen

iOS 14 release date – when is it out?

Apple formally unveiled at its Apple Event that iOS 14 will launch on Wednesday, September 16.

It means you’ll be able to download iOS 14 and get all the brand new features.

How to get iOS 14 on your iPhone

You’ll need to go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone.

This will show you any available software updates, including iOS 14.

Apple exec Craig Federighi revealed the new iOS 14 update for your iPhone at the tech firm’s WWDC event in June 2020

If it’s not there yet, don’t panic – it should arrive late in the day on Wednesday, September 16.

Then you’ll need to download and install it, which could take some time depending on your iPhone model.

Remember to read and follow our guide on how to back up your iPhone before installing the update.

This will ensure you don’t lose any data if anything goes wrong.

What is iOS 14? A quick guide

Apple’s mobile software – from your home screen to the settings and apps – is called iOS.

Each year, Apple releases a major new upgrade to this software with brand new features.

This year it’s called iOS 14, and there are loads of new features to get excited about.

You can use virtual car keys that can be texted to pals, upgrade your Memoji with a face mask, and even speak in other languages through a live translation app.

iOS 14 new features – what’s coming in the next big iPhone update?

The first big change is the new App Library, designed to clean up your home screen(s).

All of your apps will be organised automatically inside the App Library.

If you’ve got loads of pages, you can tap your screen to hide some of them.

And then you can find those apps in the App Library.

It’s a major change (already possible on Android devices) that means you can have a much tidier mobile.

There are new widgets that look much better than the old ones.

Better still, you can put these widgets on the home screen alongside your apps – rather than them being hidden.

For instance, you can have podcast or weather widgets, all obtainable through the Widget Gallery.

Apple has finally added proper homescreen widgets

Apple has finally added a proper picture-in-picture mode that works across the device.

So you can play videos while doing other things.

And audio will still play across the device.

Siri has received a major update.

Your iPhone can now run dictation on the device, so you can read out texts to the Message app.

Apple has created a new Translate app to let people who speak different languages communicate

Apple is also using Siri’s technology for a new app called Translate.

It lets two people who speak different languages have text conversations.

The app works offline, and is a clear rival to Google’s own Translate app.

Messages is getting an update.

You can now pin conversations to the top of the Messages app.

And there are 20 new hear and headwear styles for Apple’s animated Memoji avatars.

There are face coverings (because duh!), and new age options for Memoji too.

Apple has added brand new Memoji options
You can now tag people in group chats within Messages, and hav

Apple has added “mentions” that let you tag people in group conversations.

And there are now in-line replies for miniature threads in group chats – a bit like in Slack.

Apple has also promised to reinvent the car key.

“They’ve become big, bulky and ripe for reimagining,” said Craig.

Your iPhone can now work as a digital car key on certain new car models.

The first car to support the tech is the new BMW 5-Series, available next month.

But Apple says it’s working with other car-makers too.

You can text your car key to pals – welcome to the future

You can turn off the key remotely via iCloud if you lose your iPhone.

And you can even text your key to a pal temporarily if they want to borrow the car.

Eventually, the feature will let you enter your car without even taking your iPhone out of your pocket, just because the car knows the handset is nearby.

Apple also unveiled App Clips.

They’re “light and fast” pieces of apps, and work through virtual cards.

App Clips are tiny chunks of apps that can be quickly access to perform a handful of functions

You tap your iPhone on a real-world NFC tag (or scan a QR code), and it launches an App Clip.

For instance, you could access a shareable scooter in the real world, or check a coffee shop menu.

You can also launch App Clips from the web too, including via text.

The new iOS 14 update will be available on September 16 so you don’t have long to wait now.

 

In other news, a major new iPhone update is available from today.

Check out our guide on how to install iOS 14 on your iPhone.

And read our guide to the hidden secrets of FaceTime on your iPhone.


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