Today, with the announcement of iOS 14, Apple finally freed widgets to mix freely with app icons, as is much more traditional for other phone operating systems, immediately raising accusations that the company finally gave in and simply copied Windows Phone and Android.
The caveat? You'll want to visit that site using the browser on the device you're looking to update - save for watchOS, which you'll want to do on your connected iPhone or iPad, or tvOS, which requires a slight workaround on your Apple TV.
A new feature called Scribble, featured in iPadOS 14, has the potential to supercharge your handwriting and drawing.
On Monday at the Silicon Valley-based tech company's World Wide Developer Conference, Apple announced CarKey as part of the iOS 14.0 iPhone operating system, which is scheduled for release this fall.
Annoying? Sure, but it's a small price to pay for potentially messing up your device accessing fun new features before anyone else.
Multiple kinds and sizes of widgets, which can now also live on the home screen (a la Android). You can resize them to your liking and place them among apps in a way that makes sense to you. The demo we saw in Apple's keynote suggests that the sidebar UI will further blur the line between the iPad and the Mac. It can launch apps, search documents and contacts for keywords, and bring up web results.
To use the feature, developers can tap on the "New Feedback" button under the team inbox on iOS.
On top of that, Siri results will now appear on the bottom right of the screen.
Longtime Lifehacker readers know where I'm going with this one, but I'm going to say it anyway because this is a great trick that every Apple fan should keep in their back pockets. To add them, there is a new "widget library" where users can easily add and customize widgets. This lets you multitask without having to put the stylus down to type using the keyboard.
The maps app will support cycling directions (starting with LA, SF and NY and cities in China) and help for electric vehicles to plot routes with an eye toward charging stations. With this, you'll be able to track all of your important items, such as auto and house keys, in Find My with your Apple devices.