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What's New in iOS 14 Maps: Cycling Directions, Guides, Refine Location and More

Friday July 31, 2020 2:00 pm PDT by
Apple often adds new features to its built-in apps with each iOS update, and iOS 14 is no exception. Many apps have important new features, including Apple Maps, which gains cycling directions, EV routes, guides, and more. This guide highlights all of the new features that Apple has added to the Maps app in the iOS and iPadOS 14 updates. Cycling Directions Maps in ‌iOS 14‌ offers cycling...

iPadOS 14 Features You Need to Know

Thursday July 30, 2020 3:52 pm PDT by
Apple's iPadOS 14 update includes many of the same features that are found in iOS 14 (minus some of the Home Screen changes), but there are also quite a few notable iPad-only features. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. In our most recent video, we highlight some of the best new features in iPadOS 14, some of which are also available on iPhone and some of which are...

iOS 14's New AirPods Features: Spatial Audio, Better Automatic Device Switching, Battery Notifications and More

Thursday July 23, 2020 1:04 pm PDT by
Apple designed iOS 14 with several new features that improve how the AirPods and the AirPods Pro work with iPhones and iPads, including spatial audio, better device switching, battery notifications, and Headphone Accommodations for those who need help with sounds and frequencies. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. This guide covers all of the new features that Apple...

iOS 14: Apple's Built-In Translate App That Works With 11 Languages

Wednesday July 22, 2020 2:35 pm PDT by
Apple in iOS 14 added a new Translate app, which, as the name suggests, is designed to offer translations from one language to another. The Translate app has some useful features that are handy both when learning a new language and when attempting to talk to someone who speaks a different language. This guide walks through all of the features in the Translate app and how to use them. Desig...

iOS 14's Compact Interface: Phone Calls, FaceTime, Siri and More

Friday July 17, 2020 12:06 pm PDT by
iOS 14 introduces several compact user interface elements that iPhone users have been requesting for years, such as a minimized phone call pop up that doesn't take over the entire screen and a smaller Siri window that doesn't dominate the display. This guide covers all of the new compact UI elements that Apple has added, but for more details on ‌iOS 14‌ design changes, make sure to check out...

Top iOS 14 Features: Compact Phone Calls, Back Tap, Widgets, App Library and More

Thursday July 16, 2020 3:24 pm PDT by
Apple's iOS 14 update, coming this fall, is packed with tons of new features, functions, and design changes, many of which iOS users have been wanting for years now. In our latest YouTube video, we highlighted some of the best features included in iOS 14 that will make you want to upgrade to the new software. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Picture in Picture...

Magnifier in iOS 14 Gets Overhauled UI and New Features, Can Be Added to Home Screen

Monday July 13, 2020 1:38 pm PDT by
In every version of iOS, Apple adds new Accessibility features and improves others, and iOS 14 is no exception. The Magnifier tool, designed by those with visual issues who need assistance, has new capabilities in ‌iOS 14‌. ‌iOS 14‌ Magnifier interface on left, iOS 13 Magnifier interface on right Updated Interface The app features an updated interface that makes controls more readily available...

iOS 14: How to Use Picture in Picture Mode on iPhone

Friday July 10, 2020 1:59 pm PDT by
With iOS 13, Apple added a Picture in Picture Mode to the iPad, and with iOS 14, that Picture in Picture functionality is available for the iPhone too, letting users do things like watch videos and take FaceTime calls while doing other things on their device. This guide covers everything that you need to know about using Picture in Picture on the ‌iPhone‌. Using Picture in Picture With Apps ...

iOS 14 Home Screen Changes: App Library, Widgets, Hiding Apps and More

Monday July 13, 2020 9:39 am PDT by
Apple in iOS 14 redesigned the Home Screen for the first time in a long time, introducing an App Library that lets you hide apps, widgets that can be placed among apps, and more. This guide walks through all of the new Home Screen changes from widgets to the App Library, and includes how tos with walkthroughs on using all of the new features. Widgets Widgets have been available in the...

Should I Buy an Intel Mac Today or Wait to Buy an Arm-Based Mac?

Thursday July 9, 2020 9:52 am PDT by
Apple at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference announced its intention to transition away from Intel processors to Macs powered by its own Apple Silicon chips starting in late 2020. Apple says that by using its own Arm-based processors, it will be able to build better Macs that will boast better performance while also being more energy efficient. Apple's announcement at WWDC 2020 was...

iOS 14: Everything New in Messages

Monday July 13, 2020 11:06 am PDT by
Messages, one of the quintessential apps on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, is the home of iMessages, Apple's exclusive device-to-device messaging protocol indicated by those well-known blue chat bubbles. If you're an ‌‌iPhone‌‌ user you know how the Messages app works, but in iOS 14, the Messages app is getting some useful new features that are worth highlighting. Read on for a rundown of...

What to Expect at WWDC 2020: New iMac, Custom Arm-Based Chip Unveiling, iOS 14, macOS 10.16, and More

Friday June 19, 2020 1:48 pm PDT by
Apple's 31st annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be unlike any WWDC before, because it's the first WWDC event that's going to be held in a digital-only capacity. That means it's free for all developers, but we're in uncharted territory when it comes to format. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Apple plans to hold a virtual keynote, which is set to take place...

Car Keys: A New Feature That Lets You Unlock a Car With Your iPhone or Apple Watch

Wednesday July 1, 2020 3:31 pm PDT by
Apple's iPhones and Apple Watches have supported NFC for some time now, and now those NFC capabilities can be used to allow Apple users to lock, unlock, and start compatible NFC-enabled vehicles using the iPhone or Apple Watch in lieu of a physical key. Apple calls this feature "Car Keys" and this guide covers everything we know about how Car Keys works. What is Car Keys? Car Keys is a...

iOS 14 Leaked Feature: Mark as Unread in Messages

Saturday June 13, 2020 4:32 pm PDT by
iOS 14 is expected in a matter of weeks at WWDC. Typically, we know very little concrete about an upcoming iOS version prior to the announcement, but this year there was a leak of an early build of ‌iOS 14‌. That leak got into the hands of the developer community which has found a number of new features hidden in the code. Mockup of group typing indicators in ‌iOS 14‌ iMessages Apple is...

iOS 14 Leaked Feature: Group Typing Indicators in Messages

Friday June 12, 2020 1:22 pm PDT by
iOS 14 is expected in a matter of weeks at WWDC. Typically, we know very little concrete about an upcoming iOS version prior to the announcement, but this year there was a leak of an early build of ‌iOS 14‌. That leak got into the hands of the developer community which has found a number of new features hidden in the code. Mockup of group typing indicators in ‌iOS 14‌ iMessages Apple is...

Top Five Calculator Tips for iPhone

Thursday June 11, 2020 12:46 pm PDT by
Most iPhone users will be aware of their device's built-in calculator, but not everyone will know some of the tricks that you can perform with the app that can save you time. Here are some of our favorite tips. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. 1. Swipe to Delete Numbers It's a common misconception that if you type the wrong number into the Calculator app, you have...

iOS 14 Leaked Feature: Retracting Sent iMessages

Thursday June 11, 2020 10:23 am PDT by
iOS 14 is expected in a matter of weeks at WWDC. Typically, we know very little concrete about an upcoming iOS version prior to the announcement, but this year there was a leak of an early build of ‌iOS 14‌. That leak got into the hands of the developer community which has found a number of new features hidden in the code. Mockup of retracting a send iMessage in ‌iOS 14‌ Apple is working ...

Picking the Best Apple Watch to Buy in 2020

Monday June 8, 2020 4:59 pm PDT by
Thinking of buying an Apple Watch? The ‌Apple Watch‌ is a great health, fitness, and communication tool, but there's a lot to consider when making a purchase. You need to choose the case material and band, pick a GPS or cellular model, and decide whether to buy the latest ‌Apple Watch‌ or spring for a more affordable older model. This guide walks you through the different options you can...

When Will iOS 14 Be Released?

Monday June 8, 2020 3:45 pm PDT by
Apple typically previews its next-generation operating system for iPhones and iPads during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California in early June, and then officially releases it to the public sometime in September. Apple won't be following its usual formula this year for obvious reasons. Three months into 2020, the global health crisis had caused governments...

Apple's Butterfly Keyboards vs. Scissor Switch Keyboards

Tuesday June 2, 2020 12:24 pm PDT by
Since 2012, Apple has developed two kinds of keyboards for its MacBook Pro and MacBook Air machines - one that uses butterfly switches and one that uses scissor switches. Many people are aware of the problems with the butterfly keyboards that resulted in a huge recall program and many frustrated customers, but may still be confused by what exactly a butterfly keyboard is, how it's different...