iOS 14.3’s best new iPhone features: 16 things you’ll find yourself using every day

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1_CHECK OUT THE NEW HOME SCREEN FEATURES.

When an iPhone came out, it gained an app drawer like feature called App Library, which acts as a warehouse to store all of the apps you don’t regularly use. You can access the phone library by swiping from right to left on your screen past all of your current home screens.

Another feature is the ability to place widgets on the home screen, Apple provided developers with the tools to create a new lifestyle of widgets that’s sure to make your Android friends jealous.

2_CREATE A CUSTOM SMART STACK WIDGET.

You are not logged into using Apple’s curated smart stack widget. Creating your own stack of widgets using the same technique you’d use to create an app folder.

3_MAKE YOUR OWN APP ICONS

Do you know that Apple has added new features to its shortcuts app? It comes with the most popular addition being the ability to create your own app icons and fully customize the look of your phone.

Instead of the Apple mail app icon, you can download an icon that replaces it with a picture of a cute cat or the Gmail icon and use that to launch the app.

This process is somewhat tedious, but if you want a home screen that unlike any other

4_USE APPS WITHOUT INSTALLING THEM_THANKS TO APP CLIPS.

If you think of apps clips as miniature apps that only show you a portion of what the full app can do. A Yelp App clip could show you business hours and the menu for a specific restaurant and nothing more.

If you want to try one, open the Appel maps app on your iPhone, search for Panera bread, tap on a location, and then select order food.

After using this app clip, you can access it again in the app library in the recently added folder.

5_IPHONE 12 PRO AND PRO MAX CAN TAKE RAW PHOTOS.

This one is surely for photography buffs, buy one that will hopefully pique the curiosity of those who are looking to get a bit more out of their iPhone camera.

This release of iOS 14.3 adds Apple’s ProRaw photo format, which allows you to take photos using the raw photography format, and make changes to it without any image degradation.

6_WORK OUT AT HOME WITH FITNESS PLUS.

The gym can close or run at a limited capacity, now there’s a time to work out a home. Apple’s fitness plus service is built directly into your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, and it uses your Apple watch to track your workout.

7_PICTURE IN PICTURE COMES TO THE PHONE.

This time, you no longer force to decide if you want to watch a Twitch stream or browse Reddit on your phone.

Just a simple you with iOS 14, you can do both at the same time now that Apple has added a picture in picture mode to the iPhone.

8_DELETING APPS CAN BE CONFUSING NOW.

With the addition of the App Library, there’s now an extra step when it comes to deleting an app from your phone, and for long-time iPhone users, it’s not at all straightforward. But it doesn’t have to be too confusing; we walk you through the new steps.

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9_DITCH APPLE MAIL AND SAFARI

Apple added the ability to delete its own apps from your iPhone a few years ago, but you still couldn’t set apps like Gmail or Outlook as your default email app. Now you can, but Apple has limited this new feature to only the email and web browsers. It only takes a few taps to make the change, after which you won’t have to deal with Apple’s apps ever again.

10_AIRPODS PRO HAS A NEW AUDIO FEATURE.

The iPhone and iPad aren’t the only devices that received a big update. Apple’s AirPods Pro also got a small firmware update that added a new feature called Spatial Audio. You’ll, of course, need to use an iPhone or iPad running iOS 14 to use the feature. With both devices updated, whenever you’re watching a video the sound will follow the movements of your head, adjusting with each twist and turn. CNET’s David Carnoy described it as an “out-of-bud experience.” And he’s not wrong.

11_THE IPAD LOOKS MORE LIKE A MAC THAN EVER.

iPadOS 14 includes several new features and enhancements that bring its interface closer to looking and working like a Mac. Or is it the Mac that’s starting to look like an iPad with MacOS Big Sur? Either way, you’ll want to learn all you can about the new iPad features in iPadOS 14.

12_HIDDEN FEATURES ARE THE BEST FEATURES.

Not to be left out, there are several hidden features in iOS 14 that do some truly amazing things. For instance, a new back tap feature lets you tap on the back of your phone two or three times, triggering a task like taking a screenshot or launching an app. We’ve found a total of nine hidden features worth sharing with you so far and plan to keep adding to the list.

13_NEW PRIVACY FEATURES.

Keeping your information private is one of Apple’s main marketing points, and iOS 14 is going even further to help keep your information private. There are new location sharing settings that will limit whether an app sees your exact location or a more general area. There’s also a new notification dot that will tell you when an app is using your phone’s camera or mic, and finer controls over which photos an app has access to. Check out all of the new privacy features and how to use them.

14_NEW CAMERA TRICKS

There are important features in the camera app, an example is when taking pictures in the camera, and you take a photo to night mode, there’s a new guide to remind you to stay out.

15_UP YOUR SELFIE GAME

Young your selfie game will help you explore, another new feature in the camera app is a new setting for the front-facing camera that is sure to help your selfies shine.

This new mirror mode forces the camera to act more like a wall mirror which can make it easier to make sure your shot is framed and lined up the way you want.

16_STILL WANT MIRE? WE GOTCHA.

Adding as a bonus round, we’ve compiled a few more tips to do even more like tag, someone, in a group conversation in the Messages app and uses Apple’s new Translate App to carry a conversation in two completely different languages.

There’s more to learn and figure out in iOS 14 and the iPad is 14, so we are just getting started. Getting started with a new iPhone 12

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