On June 22, 2020, Apple released the announcement of iOS14, iPadOS14, and tvOS14 software updates for devices. The keynote also featured the release of the Apple Watch Series 6 alongside macOS Big Sur updates.

The updates came September 16, 2020, via Apple’s traditional Fall keynote. Apple also held a live pre-recorded event on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, via their Youtube channel. The event started at 10 a.m. PDT and lasted an hour.

Apple iOS 14 released on September 16, 2020. One of the hallmark changes that the new OS features is the ability to add widgets to the home screen, mimicking a feature that has been available on Android for some time. Photo courtesy of Nathan DeSimone.
Apple iOS 14 released on September 16, 2020. One of the hallmark changes that the new OS features is the ability to add widgets to the home screen, mimicking a feature that has been available on Android for some time. Photo courtesy of Nathan DeSimone.

What’s New in iOS 14

Widgets
Widgets can be added to your home screen for quick access to basic apps. Like your photo gallery, calendar, Apple Music, weather, and more.

App Library
The app library holds all the downloaded apps all in one place. Apps are separated into folders based on what they categorize in the app store, including suggestions on how to organize your apps.

Compact Calls
With compact calls, you’ll get calls that won’t take up the whole screen. Only the caller’s name with the answer and end call buttons on the top of your screen.

Picture in Picture
Picture in picture, or PIP, can keep playing videos or continue facetime calls while you are using other apps. This feature allows you to navigate your phone without leaving your video content behind.

Siri Gets a Facelift
Siri is now in a compact design not taking up your whole screen, just the Siri logo across the bottom while you stay in the app you were already using.

Battery Notifications
With the battery notification, you will show you the battery percentage of and
Apple Bluetooth devices that are connected. See your AirPods, Apple Watch, and iPhone battery all in one place.

USB-C charging cable. Photo by: PXhere.com

New for the Apple Brand

Apple announced the new iPad Air and two new watches, including the Series 6 with active O2 monitoring. The Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE. Also announced, Apple Fitness+ and family sharing for Apple watch are going to be available late fall.

One of the biggest takeaways was that Apple announced that they are no longer including the standard USB power adaptor with new Apple Watches. Instead, new watches are being sent with USB-C power adaptors, potentially a hint at a major shift for the brand on future products.

The Apple Watch Series 6 can measure your blood oxygen level (O2) and take an ECG. Watchbands have moved to a stretchy non-adjustable size band with different sizes that you can choose from. Series 6 has a starting price of $399.

The Apple Watch SE has the same capabilities as the Series 5 but also has the non-adjustable bands. The Apple Watch SE has a starting price of $279. All of the new Apple products are going on sale on Friday, September 18, 2020.