What’s new in iOS 14
Widgets on the Home Screen Widgets have been redesigned to give you more information at a glance—and now you can add them to your Home Screen. Choose from different sizes and arrange them however you like. You can also add a Smart Stack that displays widgets based on factors like your location, an activity, or the time. See Add widgets to the iPhone Home Screen.
App Library The new App Library on the Home Screen automatically organizes all your apps into one simple, easy‑to‑navigate view. Apps are sorted by category, and the apps you use most are always just one tap away. See Explore the App Library.
Compact calls Incoming calls, including FaceTime calls and calls from supported third-party apps, appear in an all‑new compact design that doesn’t take up the full screen. See Answer or decline incoming calls on iPhone.
App Clips An App Clip is a small part of an app that focuses on a specific task, like renting a bike, paying for parking, or ordering food. You can find App Clips by scanning QR codes, and in Messages, Maps, and Safari. See Use App Clips.
Translate Translate is a new app designed for having natural and easy conversations between languages. Turn your iPhone to landscape orientation to enter conversation mode where you can easily see both sides of the conversation. You can also translate using voice or text, translate fully on-device for downloaded languages, save your favorite translations, and more. See Translate voice and text.
Search Search is now a single destination where you can start all your searches. A new design and as-you-type experience delivers faster, more relevant results across apps, contacts, and web searches. See Use iPhone to search.
Picture in Picture Now you can keep watching videos or continue your FaceTime call while you use another app. See Multitask with Picture in Picture.
Messages Pin your most important conversations to the top of your conversation list, so you can easily get to them. Mention someone in a conversation to direct a message right to them, and use inline replies to reply directly to a specific message in a group conversation. See Pin a conversation, Mention people in a conversation, and Reply to a specific message in a conversation.
Memoji Along with more age options and face coverings, you can choose from over 20 new hair and headwear styles to reflect a hobby, your profession, and your personality. See Create your own Memoji.
Maps Use Maps to get cycling directions using bike lanes, paths, and roads. You can also see elevation changes, busy streets, and steep hills when planning your trip. Discover great places around you to eat, shop, and explore with Guides. See Get cycling directions from your current location and Explore new destinations with Guides.
Camera QuickTake video is now available on iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and later. On iPhone 12 models, Night mode is available on the front camera for selfies, on the Ultra Wide (0.5x) camera, and on the Wide (1x) camera. On all models, use quick toggles in Video mode to easily change video resolution and frame rate. See Record a QuickTake video, Take low-light photos with Night mode, and Use quick toggles to change video resolution and frame rate.
Photos Filter your photos in collections and albums and sort photos by oldest or newest first. Add captions to your photos and videos so you can easily find them in Search. See Filter photos in albums, Sort photos in albums, and Add captions and view photo and video details.
Measure (iOS 14.1) On iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, you can instantly measure a person’s height, use Ruler view to see incremental details about a measurement, and use edge guides to take more precise measurements of straight edges, furniture, countertops, and other objects. See Measure a person’s height, Use Ruler view, and Use edge guides.
People Detection (iOS 14.2) On iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, you can use Magnifier to detect people and help you maintain a physical or social distance between others. See Detect people around you using Magnifier.
Reminders Reminders automatically suggests dates, times, and locations for a reminder based on similar reminders you’ve created in the past. You can also assign reminders to people you share lists with. See Share reminders and collaborate.
Siri Siri has a new compact design that lets you quickly get information while still focusing on what you’re doing. Siri now provides information from across the web to help you find answers and can send audio messages from the Messages app. See Find out what Siri can do.
Safari Safari is more secure and helpful than ever. You can view the Privacy Report to understand how websites treat your privacy, and Safari may warn you if a password you’re using isn’t secure. If you come across a website in a different language, Safari now provides translations for seven different languages (beta). See View the Privacy Report and Translate a webpage.
Health An all-new sleep experience helps you meet sleep goals and wind down before bed. You can use the Health Checklist to review and turn on important features in the Health app. See Set up sleep schedules and Manage health features with the Health Checklist.
Headphone sound level (iOS 14.2) Receive a notification and have the headphone volume turned down automatically if the audio you’re listening to is loud enough that it could affect your hearing. You can also check the precise audio level while it plays through your iPhone headphones and set maximum volume limits. See Track headphone and environmental sound-level exposure in Health, Check headphone and environmental sound levels in Control Center, and Limit the headphone volume.
FaceTime FaceTime can now detect when a participant is using sign language and make the person prominent in a Group FaceTime call. Video calling is more natural by helping you establish eye contact even when you’re looking at the screen instead of the camera. See Make a Group FaceTime call.
Home Adaptive Lighting lets you change lighting temperature throughout the day. Video cameras and doorbells can identify people you’ve tagged in the Photos app, and you can be alerted when there’s motion in activity zones that you set. See Turn on Adaptive Lighting, Set up Face Recognition, and Organize rooms into zones.
Car keys Keep a digital car key in your Wallet app so you can leave your physical car keys at home. Just bring your iPhone near your car door to unlock it. Once inside, place your iPhone on a reader or wireless charger to start your car. You can also share keys with friends and family and customize controls for different drivers. See Unlock and start your car with keys in Wallet.
CarPlay Choose from a set of wallpapers that look great. CarPlay also supports new app types—parking, electric vehicle charging, and quick food ordering. See Change the wallpaper in CarPlay and Use other apps with CarPlay.
Privacy A new setting allows you to share only your approximate location with an app, and an indicator appears at the top of your iPhone screen whenever an app is using your camera or microphone. See Control the location information you share on iPhone and Review or change access to the camera, microphone, and other hardware features.
Learn tricks for iOS 14 The Tips app adds new suggestions frequently, so you can get the most from your iPhone. See Get tips.
Note: New features and apps may vary depending on your iPhone model, region, language, and carrier.