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Starting from the core functionsApple focused much of the iOS 14 update on simplifying the organization of the Home screen through more customization options, smarter suggestions, and leaner, faster app experiences. The end result is a mobile operating system that does more to get out of your way and gives you faster, more direct access to the information, products, and services you need.
We’re going to take a look at the biggest new home screen layout and organization features available in the new operating system and how you’ll use them after the fact. (If you want to contribute to a smooth update, be sure to do so .)
IOS 14 is a great way to get rid of the clutter on the home screen
If you don’t stay up to date, after a while the apps you’ve downloaded will pile up and eventually your home screen will start to expand.clears the mess for you – .
What is it: A home screen page that extends a strip past your last home screen page. The App Library lists all of your apps in smartly curated category folders, showing the most recently used or most used apps at the top and all other apps by type.
How you are going to use it: App library. However, it organizes all of your apps into a new view so you can quickly find and open them without swiping through page by page. You can also search or scroll by app name.
You can rely on the app library as much or as little as you want. If you prefer to curate your own app folders as before, the app library will still appear as the last page of your home screen when needed. If you want some customized pages but want to use the app library to quickly find everything else, you can choose which pages to hide and which to show. Or you can go all-in and just have a custom page of apps followed by the app library.
How to start: First you trigger the “wobble mode” of your iPhone, with which you rearrange apps. Once in this view, you can tap the row of dots at the bottom of the screen and then toggle the home screen pages toggle on or off to keep them in your typical view or remove them. Apps from the pages you disable can only be accessed in the App Library. You can do this by swiping directly over the last page of your home screen.
Widgets can be resized and added to the home screen
Since their introduction in 2008, iOS widgets have been banned from the Notification Center or Today View. With iOS 14, you can finally bring them to your home screen.
What is it:are large, dynamic “icons” that show live app data such as the weather or your daily step count.
How you will use them: Instead of opening apps like weather, calendar or fitness tracking apps to view your current data, you can view an overview of their core information in a live feed on your home screen. With one widget – Smart Stack – you can curate and browse through multiple widgets. You can also have different widgets at different times of the day in one place on your home screen. For example, you can see the weather forecast in the morning, a news widget in the afternoon, and your step count in the early evening.
How to start: You can tap and hold a widget in Today view and move it to your home screen, or to do more, switch to wobble mode and then tap + in the top left corner and select a widget. From there, you can swipe through the three available sizes and then drag and drop the size you want onto your home screen.
App clips: mini apps that you can launch without downloading
Sometimes you have to use an app once or twice, but the last thing you need is another app on your iPhone –You can access an app without downloading it. If you were the person who held up the line to download and sign up for an app that made you pay for a parking meter once, this is for you.
What is it: Basic app functions operate in a pop-up window rather than a full app window.
How you will use them: When you need to use an app but know you might not need it anymore – for example, to order takeaway food at a restaurant on vacation – you can use app clips to perform transactions and basic tasks without downloading the entire app have to .
How to start: App clips can be triggered in different ways: a web link, a text message from the Maps app, a QR code or an NFC tag. Once you’ve triggered one, you can sign in with “Sign in with Apple” and pay for all transactions with Apple Pay. You can then exit the app without causing any more clutter on your iPhone storage or home screen than at the beginning.
Apple doubles user privacy again with iOS 14, as. Wondering if your current iPhone supports iOS 14? to see if yours is one of them. Wondering when the iPhone 12 might arrive? . For a look at Apple’s new subscription bundle Apple One, .