Behind closed doors, Apple is already working on new versions of its operating systems for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Co. Meanwhile, more and more information about new features and improvements are appearing in Apple’s software products. What iOS 14, watchOS 7 and iPadOS 14 will bring in 2020, we summarize in the big overview.
iOS 14 moves more towards Android
For years, many iPhone users have wanted more personalization options among iOS, and between iPhone and Android users, this is arguably the biggest point of contention. New evidence now suggests that this dispute is taking a little fire. Because how 9to5mac Apple is working on integrating widgets on the home screen. Similar to Android, apps will be joined by widgets that can preview app content such as Mail, for example, or provide more details about the weather or Apple’s activity app. iPad users already know Apple’s implementation of widgets on the home screen. On iOS 14, however, they should be able to be moved like app icons. This is indicated by another feature of iOS 14:
Because besides Apple’s ornate wallpapers, Twitter users found dongle neutral backgrounds in iOS 14. Apple seems to be fundamentally revising and re-sorting the wallpapers. There are numerous new categories and personalization options within the background settings, such as the “Home Screen Appearance”. Here, users on iOS 14 can probably set Blur effects, Dark Mode and more. This makes sense with regard to the planned widgets, because a visual representation would probably not look so nice among the large tiles. Instead, users can choose from gradients that provide a matching lock screen wallpaper with patterns or motifs.
— Dongle (@DongleBookPro)
April 4, 2020
If you’re using an iPhone with iOS 13, you’ll probably use the App Switcher every day to quit apps completely or switch back and forth between windows. The problem: The apps are linearly arranged side by side, and depending on the number of open applications, searching and tapping can take some time. Many users don’t even select apps within the app switcher, but swipe down quickly on the iPhone to enter the app’s name in the search window. This works much faster. Apple probably wants to give more meaning to the app switcher on iOS 14. Below in the video, you’ll see what multitasking on iOS 14 might look like in the future. As a result, the apps no longer slide close to each other onto the screen when you swipe up, but appear tile-like. They can then be selected or wiped away. In addition, this view should allow you to move the apps to a new multitasking overview. Apple could allow users to separate really important apps that are often switched from apps that run in the background.
When you swipe the app down, screen goes darker and it shows the lock above it, it locks and unlocks as you swipe down. Don’t know exactly what it will do, but I guess this might pin the app on the multitasking screen pic.twitter.com/5BhpoWd0k3
— Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin)
February 23, 2020
iOS 14: First notes on Apple’s studio headphones
It seems true: Apple will release an over-ear headphone later this year, which will complement the AirPods and AirPods Pro wireless headphones. Concrete clues to this can be found in the code of iOS 14, which is partly circulating on the web and revealing some Apple secrets. “9to5mac” could find new headphone icons that appear or appear in the Bluetooth area on iOS 14, for example, when the headphones are turned on and are near the iPhone or iPad. Thus, the presumed Apple AirPods Studio will probably bring similar pairing features to the wireless headphones. The pop-up logos also show that Apple will release the new headphones in two colors, black and white.
watchOS 7: Apple Watch gets new medical features
The fact that Apple’s wearable is increasingly becoming a home laboratory and lifesaver should be clear thanks to the ECG function and fall detection. But the California-based company is likely to be working harder to expand medical functions under watchOS 7, such as measuring the oxygen content in the blood (SpO2). Again, it was 9to5mac that found clues to this feature in the code of iOS 14. The measured values can be used to detect diseases at an early stage and to avoid cardiovascular problems. Fitbit already offers this feature to users of its fitness wristbands. On the Apple Watch, users could regularly have the oxygen content of the blood measured. If the reading falls below a certain threshold, users are asked to see a doctor. This could be possible with the infrared sensor of the heart rate monitor already available in many Apple Watch models. However, it is quite possible that Apple is developing a separate SpO2 sensor that can provide accurate measurement data. Thus, the feature would probably be exclusively reserved for the latest Apple Watch generation.
watchOS 7 to further improve ECG measurement
Another medical feature that is previously possible with the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 is also to be further improved by Apple with watchOS 7. While the watch already provides good results in the field of ECG measurement, many users have complained in the past about inconclusive measurement data at heart rates between 100 and 120 beats per minute. Here, Apple wants to work with physicians and scientists to improve.
watchOS 7 brings the long-awaited sleep tracker
Third-party providers have long been present in the App Store with any applications: Sleep trackers are often used on the Apple Watch. But for a long time, Apple Watch users have wondered why the simplest feature for wearables hasn’t found its way into Apple’s watch. This should change with watchOS 7. Because, as again, discovered in iOS 14 code Apple is working on a sleep tracker for the Apple Watch. With this, it should be possible to measure your sleep quality, gain insight into the different sleep phases such as REM sleep or deep sleep and adjust corresponding smart wake-up times.
For example, most sleep trackers allow you to set a wake-up period that wakes the user not in deep sleep, but in a light sleep phase. To avoid the problem of the Apple Watch giving up the ghost overnight, users should be reminded in the evening to charge the watch before bed. All data on sleep is probably summarized clearly within the health app in the “Sleep” area.
In addition to the big new features, Apple is likely to roll out numerous new Watch Faces for the Watch. In addition, Apple Watch users should finally be able to exchange their own Watch Faces with each other. Parents whose children use an Apple Watch should benefit from the new Kids Watch interface. With their help, the watch can be configured manually and child-friendly on the wrist of the offspring.
When all these innovations will be rolled out for Apple’s mobile product division can only be estimated from experience. We expect a first glimpse of Apple’s software developments at the WWDC 2020, which will be held online this time. The new operating systems will probably be rolled out as usual in the autumn after the presentation of the new high-end devices.