Apple has unveiled the latest version of the software that runs its iPhone and iPad, called iOS 14.
It’s set to become available in the fall (which in Apple speak, is September), although you’ll be able to sign up here to get test, or beta, versions from July.
The tech giant recently said the App Store ecosystem supported $519 billion in billings and sales globally in 2019 alone.
“We spent time rethinking some of the most iconic elements,” said Apple’s Craig Federini.
The biggest change is a new home screen, which allows users to instantly see information, such as the weather or music playing, without having to open the app in a widget.
Users can choose different sizes for their widgets, and they can be placed either on the today view, or directly on the home screen.
The new widgets present timely information at a glance and can be pinned in different sizes on any Home Screen page, Apple says.
. Users can create a Smart Stack of widgets, which uses on-device intelligence to surface the right widget based on time, location, and activity.
There’s also a new App Library, which shows all your apps in neatly organised groups.
There’s also a new picture in picture feature, allowing users to watch video or make video calls while using their phone for something else.
Apple has also overhauled Siri in iOS 14, making it easier and smarter than before.
Siri can now translate conversations in different languages in real time, using a new Translate app.
Apple’s Maps has also been overhauled, ands the firm has even added digital car keys to allow you to open your car with your phone (assuming you have a compatible car).
There are hundreds of other smaller updates as well, from an improved Messages app to a new Translate app.
If you’re looking for an iPhone to try it out, you’ll be able to use your current phone. Or, why not upgrade – we think the iPhone SE is a great deal.
The new study, conducted by independent economists at Analysis Group, found that the highest value categories were mobile commerce (m-commerce) apps, digital goods and services apps, and in-app advertising.