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  • - The public betas for IOS 14 on the iPhone

  • and iPadOS 14 on the iPad

  • are available to download today.

  • Now, I have been using the developer betas up to now,

  • so I wanted to go over some of the big features

  • that you can expect and also some of the little things

  • that you might have missed, but first,

  • should you install it?

  • I would wait.

  • I would wait to see what people are saying

  • about its stability.

  • Some years, those betas, they feel basically done

  • and other years they're kind of a mess.

  • Based on the developer beta so far,

  • this seems like a good year, but honestly,

  • you should never put a beta on your main phone

  • if you can help it.

  • So, each platform, IOS and iPadOS,

  • are gonna get a flagship feature

  • and then there's all those little tweaks

  • and changes that I mentioned.

  • Regardless of whether you're being responsible

  • and waiting for the official release

  • or if you're being irresponsible

  • and you're installing it today, here's what you can expect.

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  • Now, on the iPhone, the big flagship feature on IOS 14

  • is the new home screen.

  • You are now able to take widgets

  • and put them on your home screen

  • on any screen that you want interspersed

  • with your other icons.

  • Apple has also made a new section called the App Library

  • that has all of your apps,

  • it's just like an app drawer on Android

  • and Apple categorizes them for you,

  • that means you don't have to have like a junk folder anymore

  • which is really great.

  • Last but not least, you can also hide entire app pages,

  • which means you can have a page that's there

  • for the weekends if you wanna

  • and then it's gone when you're just going to work everyday.

  • Now, I've already made a full video

  • about all of the features on the new home screen in IOS 14,

  • so I'll have a link down there in the show notes,

  • tell you everything I think about it,

  • but I wanna focus right now on the flagship feature

  • on iPadOS, and weirdly, it's not the home screen,

  • because then iPhone gets it and the iPad

  • has to stay with the old home screen for a dumb reason.

  • I don't know, whatever.

  • The main new flagship feature on iPadOS 14

  • is this Apple Pencil, and specifically it's that you're

  • gonna have to put this thing down a lot less often.

  • Now, the first major new feature for the Apple Pencil

  • on iPadOS is called Scribble.

  • This let's you write text with your handwriting

  • in any arbitrary text field,

  • so you just go to a text field and start writing

  • in that text field.

  • And the nice thing about this is you can sort of

  • let your handwriting roam all over the entire iPad

  • and it'll still work, as long as you start

  • inside that text field.

  • Now, you'll also notice here

  • that it didn't get my handwriting exactly right,

  • which is a little bit annoying,

  • but you can do a couple of other things with that.

  • You can circle some text and that will select it.

  • You can also just scratch some text out

  • and it will delete it.

  • That all seems great, but this isn't really

  • a full-featured, write however you want sort of system,

  • because it does take that second for it to resolve

  • into some sort of text that you can actually work with

  • and you won't see right away whether or not it was accurate.

  • So Scribble is great for short notes,

  • but it is not great for taking a lot of notes long form

  • if you're sitting in a class or something,

  • but there is something that is very good

  • for taking a lot of notes if you're sitting in class

  • or something and that is Apple's Notes app.

  • So I've got Apple Notes here open

  • and you've been able to do handwriting

  • in Apple Notes for quite a while now,

  • but what's new is you can actually long-press that word

  • and then you get these little selector bars here

  • and then you can copy as text.

  • You could also paste it then as text,

  • so you can get the plain text out of

  • your handwritten notes, which makes Apple Notes

  • a much more convenient way to do note taking,

  • because you can actually search for stuff

  • and then copy it out and paste it into,

  • you know, something that you can actually share around.

  • The other thing you can do in Apple Notes

  • is if you draw a shape and hold the pencil down at the end,

  • you get a mice clean version of that shape,

  • which is really nice.

  • Basically, the combination of Scribble

  • plus the ability to get plain text out of your handwriting

  • in Apple Notes means that you can leave this pencil

  • in your hand instead of constantly setting it down

  • to like pull up the keyboard or use the, you know,

  • the Apple keyboard or whatever,

  • you could just use this.

  • Now, it's not perfect.

  • Like I said, I think that Scribble has a little bit

  • too much of a delay, so it's too slow,

  • but on the whole, the new features on iPadOS 14

  • make me feel like I actually wanna use the Apple Pencil

  • instead of feeling bad that I bought it and never use it,

  • 'cause I'm not an artist.

  • Actually, I wanna sneak in one more flagship feature

  • and that is the Translate app that Apple has made.

  • Unfortunately it's not available on the iPad,

  • I don't know why, but I wanna compare it real quick

  • to Google Translate, because I think Apple's done

  • a pretty good job for a first effort.

  • They both do the same thing by tapping

  • the microphone button here.

  • I'm speaking in English, please translate this into Spanish.

  • They both are successfully able to do that,

  • but they're supposed to be able to understand

  • when someone speaks back to you in Spanish

  • and then translate it into English in auto mode.

  • We're gonna give that a shot.

  • (speaking in foreign language)

  • So you can see they both successfully translated

  • from Spanish into English.

  • So those are the main flagship features,

  • but there's a bunch of little stuff,

  • actually, some of it's not that little.

  • That's really hard to categorize.

  • There are just 1,000 tiny changes,

  • way too many for me to get through all of them.

  • I sort of feel like Apple told its engineers,

  • "Hey, you know all those half finished projects

  • "that you love but we made you put in the back burner?

  • "Yeah, it's time to ship all of that."

  • Like default apps, you know that some engineer

  • built the ability like five years ago

  • for you to set Gmail or Chrome or whatever

  • as your main email app or browser,

  • but now it's finally here.

  • Only it only works for email and browsers,

  • it doesn't work for maps.

  • I don't know, there's always next year.

  • So the first big group of small changes

  • is it seems like Apple finally figured out

  • that you can show stuff on top of other stuff

  • without switching the whole damn screen over

  • to the stuff that you wanna show

  • and it lets you keep your contacts,

  • that's just a little bit more elegant.

  • Apple calls this Compact UI

  • and there's a few examples of it.

  • First, when someone calls you it doesn't take up

  • the whole screen.

  • When you invoke Siri, it's just this cute little bubble now

  • that you can see pulsing with the sound of your voice.

  • You can get picture in picture with a few different apps

  • on the iPhone or of course on the iPad.

  • You get much nicer search on the iPad.

  • It pops up over what you're doing

  • by just hitting Command + Space, it's less intrusive

  • and it let's you get to Siri Shortcuts

  • so you can get way faster access to your Siri Shortcuts

  • from anywhere.

  • There's just a few other little design tweaks

  • I wanna talk about.

  • They've changed up the way sidebars look in iPadOS

  • and I thinks it's because they know

  • that there's gonna be a lot more iPad apps coming to the Mac

  • and so they wanted the sidebars to be a little bit more

  • consistent between the iPad and the Mac.

  • There's also a new time picker

  • so you no longer have those weird little dials,

  • but you gotta be careful though,

  • 'cause sometimes the little number paddle gets stuck

  • just on the hour or just on the minute.

  • So that's the big system wide stuff,

  • but there are a lot, and I mean a lot of changes

  • inside all of Apple's core apps.

  • So for example, in Messages you can pin conversations,

  • you can have inline reply threads

  • and you can have mentions,

  • I'm not gonna show any of this to you,

  • 'cause I don't wanna show you my messages, whatever.

  • In the Home app there is now suggestions

  • and there's also new buttons inside the control center

  • from the Home app.

  • The Weather app will show you next hour precipitation,

  • RIP Dark Sky for Android.

  • Apple Maps actually got the biggest changes,

  • because I think Apple had the most work

  • that it had to do there.

  • So I've got Apple Maps open here

  • and you can see I've got some directions set up,

  • but I have them set up via bike,

  • which is the new feature inside Apple Maps

  • and one of the nice things you can see here

  • is that in addition to showing you how long it's gonna take,

  • there's also what the elevation's gonna look like,

  • 'cause riding up to Sutro Tower is a lot of work.

  • It gives you a little bit of information

  • about what the path is gonna look like,

  • where you're gonna be on main roads

  • or are you gonna have your own bike lane?

  • This is all pretty nice, but it's a little bit

  • of a catch up to Google Maps.

  • I actually prefer the way Google Maps handles bike routes,

  • because you can see here

  • that it actually just has a straight up map overlay

  • on top of your map, showing you where all the bike lanes are

  • which is a lot nicer, a lot easier to plan your stuff out

  • before you get out on the road.

  • If you go in search here,

  • there's now this area called Guides,

  • which they've got some editorial content

  • from a bunch of other websites,

  • showing you, you know, trails from AllTrail or what not.

  • There's also enhanced maps coming to the UK, Canada,

  • Ireland, and there's also electrical vehicle routing

  • so you can find where to charge your car

  • and they also support congestion zones

  • so you know whether or not you're gonna have to pay a toll

  • to go into a city.

  • There's just a thousand other features

  • that we can get into and I just don't have time.

  • There's privacy enhancements.

  • Apps have to ask your permission for tracking.

  • There's on-device dictation, there's app clips,

  • there's enhancement emoji, there's Car Keys,

  • there's wallpapers and CarPlay now,

  • there's spacial audio for AirPods.

  • The camera app is able to shoot faster between photos.

  • You can get exposure lock.

  • There's a bedtime feature.

  • There's a redesigned image picker

  • and way, way more.

  • One that I wanna actually take a closer look at

  • is VoiceOver recognition.

  • There's a new feature called Screen Recognition.