If you haven’t installed the iOS 14 update, do it now, or if you’re all set to order a brand-new iPhone 12, the phone will already have it within. Whatever the case, there are a few great features on the new software, and here are the top 5 you need to get your hands on.
Hide Your Photos
Although this feature has been around for quite some time now, hidden photos were “hidden” in an album that was quite simple to find. With the iOS 14, Apple has added the option to hide the hidden album, letting you truly cloak those photos and videos you want to keep, but don’t want anyone else to see.
To do this: Go to Settings > Photos and make sure the Hidden Album switch is turned off. Anything you hide in your camera roll will still be saved on your device and in your iCloud Photos library, but you won’t have a way to get to it unless you go back to this setting and turn the Hidden Album feature on.
The Back Tap
Apple has rolled out a new accessibility feature called Back Tap, which makes it possible to trigger system features, like multitasking or Control Center, or launch a Shortcut just by tapping on the back of your iPhone two or three times.
To find this feature, go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap. Pick the number of taps you want to use, and then you’ll see a list of actions you can initiate.
For example, you can triple-tap on the back of your phone to take a screenshot or launch Siri. You can customize it however you’d want!
The Searchable Emoji Keyboard
A feature that Apple users were pining for ages, you can now search the emoji picker for exactly what you want. Launch the emoji keyboard just like you always do and now you’ll find a search bar at the top of the keyboard.
The Picture in Picture Mode
The iPhone now has the Picture in Picture (PiP) mode for watching videos or using during FaceTime calls. From Netflix to YouTube (in Safari’s full-screen mode), you can now watch any video in a floating window at the bottom of the screen, whilst surfing through another app or even while using Facetime. You can move this thumbnail video around, or even hide it off the edge of the screen if you just want to listen to the audio.
Faking Your Eye Contact on Facetime
With this feature, Apple has knocked the ball straight outta the park. Now, your iPhone or iPad will make it look as if your eyes are looking directly into the camera, even if you’re staring at the screen, with the new Eye Contact feature. Turning this on will make the person on the other end of the call feel as if you’re fully paying attention instead.
You can turn it on by going to Settings > FaceTime > Eye Contact.