Apple has announced iOS 14 onstage at WWDC 2020, giving the first (official) look at the latest version of its software for the iPhone, and it’s bringing the biggest change to the iOS home screen in years: widgets.
Widgets come in a variety of sizes and can still be viewed in the Today view, but in iOS 14, Apple allows widgets to be added to the main Home screen to live right alongside your apps. To add them, there’s a new “widget gallery” where users can easily add and customize widgets. There’s also a new “Smart Stack” widget that automatically shows relevant apps based on the time of day.
Apple also announced a new “App Library” view that automatically organizes apps into groups and lists. Thanks to that new App Library view, Apple allows users to now hide apps on their “main” home screen. It looks pretty similar to Android’s app drawer, but with some additional smart grouping features — like automatically pulling out all your Apple Arcade games into one batch.PICTURE-IN-PICTURE VIDEO IS COMING TO IOS
In another new feature, Apple is adding system-wide picture-in-picture to iOS videos. Much like on macOS, videos will hover over apps and can be adjusted in size or collapsed into the side of the display to continue playing in the background. It’ll also work with FaceTime calls, too.
Apple is also launching a new “App Clip” feature, which are speedy, card-based snippets of apps that let you access small parts of apps when you need them without requiring users to install a full app. Examples given included accessing a parking app through an NFC tag, or a coffee store’s reward program. App Clips support Sign In With Apple to avoid having to make new accounts, can be accessed again through the new App Library, and work with Apple Pay. To go with App Clips, Apple is launching a new QR-code format that uses both visual codes and NFC to access App Clips quickly.
Also coming in iOS 14: the long-requested option to users to set their own default email and browsers, although Apple hasn’t provided too many details on how that works just yet.
Siri also has a new view: instead of taking over your whole screen when you activate the digital assistant, there’s just a small overlay at the bottom of the display of the animated Siri icon. There are also new features: Siri can now send audio messages in addition to just dictated messages.
Similar, incoming phone calls and FaceTime calls will also appear with a less obtrusive new pop-up, instead of taking over the entire screen.
Apple also announced a new Translate app that will be built into iOS, which — much like Google Translate — will allow users to easily translate between languages. Users will be able to enter text in or dictate messages and have them translated into 11 languages. English, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese,Korean, Arabic, Portuguese, and Russian will all be supported at launch.
Messages is also getting new features: in iOS 14, you’ll be able to pin important contacts and conversations to the top of the Messages app to easily talk to your favorite friends or group chats. There are also new Memoji accessories — including an apt face mask option. Apple is also adding new threaded conversations in group chats and mention notifications to ping specific people in the chat.
Apple Maps is getting new, curated guides from companies like Zagat or AllTrails to give better recommendations for new places. Maps is also getting support for cycling, with dedicated directions for bike-riding that takes into account elevation, bike paths, stairs, and roads. Cycling will launch in NYC, LA, San Fransisco’s Bay Area, Shanghai, and Beijing. There’s also a new EV Routing feature, which will track the current charge of your car, factor in elevation and weather, and route you to compatible stations. Apple’s working with BMW and Ford, although no specific cars were announced.UNLOCK YOUR CAR WITH YOUR IPHONE
CarPlay is getting support for custom wallpapers and new app categories: parking apps, EV chargers, and fast food takeout apps. Apple is also adding support for NFC car keys with iOS 14, with the 2021 BMW 5 Series set to be the first to support the feature. NFC passes are stored in Apple’s Secure Enclave for security and can be shared to other iOS users, giving them temporary access to your vehicle. The new car key feature will also be coming to iOS 13, and to make sure you won’t get locked out of your car, it’ll use a special power reserve feature to allow access up to five hours after your phone has died.
The Home app is also getting new features, including support for “Adaptive Lighting,” which allows for compatible smart lights to adjust color temperature over the course of the day, and facial recognition for HomeKit security cameras.
There’s also a host of smaller features, too. Safari on iOS 14 will now inform you if one of your passwords has been leaked in a data breach, similar to Chrome. Developers now have an option to share subscriptions through Family Sharing. Game Center is getting a new design. And there’s a new “Sleep mode” that turns on do-not-disturb, dims your phone’s screen, and shows your upcoming alarm for morning.
The last few iOS updates have been very hit-or-miss, with last year’s notoriously problematic iOS 13 following the incredible solid (from a performance standpoint) iOS 12, which in turn brought much-needed stability to the buggy iOS 11.
iOS 14 will be out this fall, but a developer preview will be available to Apple Developer Program members starting today, with plans for a public beta for all iOS users in July. iOS 14 will work on the iPhone 6S and up — the same devices that supported iOS 13.
Editing HTML Like A Boss In VS Code
Here’s a seven minute video from Caleb Porzio that focuses on some of Emmet‘s HTML editing features. You might think of Emmet as that thing that expands abbreviations like
table.stats>tr*3>td*3 into glorious, expanded, and perfect HTML. But Emmet has other HTML editing trickery up its sleeve. My favorite is “wrap with abbreviation” (which happens to be
A on CodePen), but there are more, like expanding your selection inward and outward and tag changing.
If you haven’t seen it, the Emmet 2 preview on CodePen is pretty neeeeat. It shows you what you’re about to expand into before you do it:
PS5 Game Install Sizes Revealed, And They’re Enormous
There was hope that the efficiency of the PlayStation 5’s super-fast SSD hard drive would reduce game file sizes, as titles wouldn’t need to duplicate data to ease read speeds. That, apparently, is not quite the case, as the minimum install requirements for a couple of PS5 launch games have been revealed – and they’re enormous.
Demon’s Souls, for example, will eat up 66GB of the next-gen system’s storage space; Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales will gobble up 50GB, and if you plump up for the Ultimate Edition – which includes Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered as well – you’ll lose an eye-watering 105GB. That’s already an eighth of the device’s available 825GB.
It’s worth noting that textures will be more detailed on the PS5, so developers may well be saving space compared to PS4 titles, but using it up with higher quality assets. In the case of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered, for example, the original game with all of its DLC installed takes up approximately 75GB on the PS4, compared to roughly 55GB in its revamped form.
Still, it looks like you’re definitely going to have to juggle which games you’ve got installed – although eventually you will be able to expand the system’s storage space. You can find out more about that through the following link: Which SSD Drives Will Be Compatible with PS5?
Best of everything in tech and gadgets we’ve seen recently
At Gadget Flow, we’re constantly scouring the online world for the best new and interesting gadgets for our readers. And we’ve come across quite a treasure trove as of late. Check out today’s roundup of the best in tech and gadgets we’ve seen recently. We have so many new favorites to tell you about.
With IFA 2020 just ending and Apple rumors around the corner, there have been a lot of exciting new tech updates recently. We are surprised to see some really cool designs in everyday tech that will surely surprise you. From beautiful smart photo frames to robot vacuums, the designs are getting sleeker while the technology is getting even smarter.
Having said that, let’s take a look at the 15 best tech and gadgets that will make you appreciate innovation in a whole new way. It seems like we’re gearing up for a more design-inspired tech world.
Autel EVO II Pro 6K Folding Drone
First on our best of everything in tech roundup is the Autel EVO II Pro 6K Folding Drone. This impressive gadget gives you 360º obstacle avoidance and can record up to one billion colors.
Neato D Series Robotic Vacuums
Remove up to 99.97% of the allergens on your floor with the Neato D Series Robotic Vacuums. Available in three models, one will definitely have the capabilities that fit your needs, including one with LIDAR-based technology.
Meural WiFi Photo Frame Digital Picture Display
You’ll love the Meural WiFi Photo Frame Digital Picture Display. This home gadget uploads albums right from your smartphone so you can keep your memories throughout your home or office.
Amazon Halo Health and Wellness Band
Another great item on our best of everything in tech list is the Amazon Halo Health and Wellness Band. This useful device monitors your health data and even makes a digital 3D model of your body.
MSI Summit E Series Business Laptops
Increase your productivity with the MSI Summit E Series Business Laptops. Excellent for remote work, these laptops use the 11th Gen Intel processor and have an infrared camera that’s compatible with Windows Hello facial recognition.
Gigabyte Aorus 15P Portable Laptop
Professional gamers will get everything they need with the Gigabyte Aorus 15P Portable Laptop, another great item on our best of everything in tech guide. This gaming laptop gives you a 144 Hz refresh rate and boasts the Intel Core i7-10750H processor.
LIFX Clean Antibacterial Smart Bulb
Sanitize surfaces and kill bacteria with the LIFX Clean Antibacterial Smart Bulb. This smart home gadget emits high-energy violet light to kill bacteria like E.coli. It also works with voice assistants and connects to Wi-Fi for easy scheduling.
Weekend-Works Circle Watch Aesthetic Smartwatch
Enjoy a smartwatch with an edge-to-edge screen with the Weekend-Works Circle WatchAesthetic Smartwatch. The extra-large display makes everything easy to see, and its 15º tilt makes sure you always get a good view.
DJI Osmo Mobile 4 Foldable Phone Gimbal
You’ll love the magnetic design of the DJI Osmo Mobile 4 Foldable Phone Gimbal. This video stabilizer is easy to use and offers gesture control.
Panasonic Cubie Steam Convection Oven Versatile Microwave
Cook a range of meals with the Panasonic Cubie Steam Convection Oven Versatile Microwave. This useful microwave helps you steam healthfully and is large enough to accommodate a sizeable amount of food.
Vue Lite Everyday Smart Glasses
You’ll be amazed at how thin and stylish the Vue Lite Everyday Smart Glasses are. Great for all-day wear, these glasses let you listen to your favorite songs, make calls, and access the internet via voice assistants.
LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier Battery-Powered Face Mask
Another great device on our best of everything in tech roundup is the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier Battery-Powered Face Mask. This mask features two H13 HEPA filters to provide you with fresh air indoors or outdoors.
8Bitdo TG16 2.4 Wireless Gamepad
Game completely free of lag with the 8Bitdo TG16 2.4 Wireless Gamepad. This new gadget looks a little retro, but it has all the modern capabilities you need, including 18 hours of battery life.
Blink Indoor Security Camera
The Blink Indoor Security Camera is one of our best of everything in tech items because you won’t have to change its battery for two years. It’s also wireless, which means you can keep it wherever you like.
CLMBER Pure Workout Machine
The CLMBER Pure Workout Machine boasts a cutting-edge companion app. Developed for commercial use, this workout machine gives you all the stats you need and keeps your body in the proper position throughout your workout.
Well, there you have it. These are the best of everything in tech and gadgets that we’ve seen recently. And we’re pretty sure you’ll agree with us that there are a ton of exciting new things out there. Let us know your thoughts about these items in the comments.
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