iOS 14 is now available to download in India. Apple has rolled out the next version of its iPhone software much before its iPhone range for this year is expected to launch. Alongside, the iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 are also rolling out on a range of devices. But Apple is taking some time for the release of the macOS Big Sur, the dates for which are not official yet.
The iOS 14 brings a host of new features, some of them outright borrowed from Android. One of those features is the Picture-in-Picture mode, which lets you play videos from the Safari browser, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video to run on the foreground while you continue to do other things on your iPhone.
Another feature that is debuting is the automatic categorisation of apps in a list. So now you can go either for the non-drawer mode or the list mode or group folders, or all of them.
Of all the features that are coming to several iPhone models today, the one that should be exclusively appreciated is enhanced privacy. iOS 14 tells you in the Control Center when an app uses a camera or a microphone, or both. It also tells you when an app tries to access the clipboard via a notification. This feature, particularly, drove a lot of criticism for apps such as LinkedIn and TikTok.
You also have strong protection against automatic tracking that forms the material for advertisers. In fact, Facebook has been denouncing this feature for it fears the loss of advertisers and, thus, the ad revenue on the iPhone.
YouTube app now plays 4K videos on iPhone with iOS 14. Even the iPhone models without a 4K screen can play such high-resolution videos, which is impressive. But that does not really make a difference because this high resolution is limited by the screen size. I tried playing 4K videos on my iPhone XR but did not notice any discernible difference.
In India, the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 will begin rolling out at 10.30 pm from today.