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iOS14, iPadOS14 and watchOS7: that's what Apple's updates bring


In addition to new smartwatches and iPads, Apple also released a series of updates for its operating systems on Tuesday evening. Here are the main changes.

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Apple's new operating systems: iPadOS 14, iOS 14 and watchOS 7

Photo: Matthias Kremp / DER SPIEGEL

The current Apple event did not bring any new iPhones or MacBooks, but the Cupertino group presented numerous innovations on Tuesday evening.

In addition to new gadgets such as iPads and the new Apple Watch, there were important innovations that Apple users will soon benefit from: The mobile operating systems for iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches are being completely overhauled.

The updates to iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and watchOS 7 should be available for download to users of the corresponding devices on Wednesday.

Apple typically rolls out such updates to all users within a few hours.

We summarize the most important functions and innovations of the updates.

iOS 14

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Calls no longer block the entire screen

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  • A

    lot has changed



    For example, when a call comes in, the entire screen is not taken over by the corresponding notification as before, but a narrow strip appears at the top of the screen with the number or name of the caller and the option to accept or reject the call.

    Answers from the Siri voice assistant are also displayed in a small window above the active app.

  • In the

    news app

    , you can pin threads of conversations with people or groups with whom you chat frequently above the conversation list so that they are always in view.

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  • The new

    app library

    , which is created behind the last start screen, should make it easier to find certain apps, especially if you have many of them installed on your iPhone.

    Here, apps are automatically sorted into multiple folders by categories such as "Travel", "Creativity" and "Utilities".

  • Widgets

    , i.e. windows that display certain information from individual apps, can now also be stored on the start screen.

  • Memojis

    , the personalized and animated emojis from iOS, have been expanded to include a number of new headgear and hairstyles and now offer the option of putting a mouth-nose mask on the Memoji.

  • With the

    translate app

    , written and spoken text in eleven languages ​​can be translated into one another.

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Ah, the camera is on right now


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  • A small point of light

    at the top right of the display shows in color when an app is using the microphone (orange) or the camera (green).

  • If apps want to access the position data, you can specify that the system


    gives them

    an approximate position


    In the same way, apps that want to use photos can be assigned to have access to individual, all or no photos.

 iPadOS 14

In addition to many of the new features in iOS 14, iPadOS 14 has received the following major updates:

  • Apps can be

    better adapted to the capabilities of the iPad


    new design

    elements, for example toolbars or sidebars can be hidden to free up more space for the media with which one works.

  • The

    Apple Pencil

    can now mark words, sentences or shapes by tapping the respective object twice or three times.

  • The Apple Pencil can


    and improve

    a number of

    geometric shapes

    , for example, it turns a hectically scribbled rectangle into a correct one with 90-degree angles and straight lines.

watchOS 7

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When you want to sleep, the screen is dimmed

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  • The Apple Watch can now also

    record sleep behavior.

    The clock switches to a "do not disturb" mode, in which the clock face is dimmed and no messages are displayed.

    If the battery has less than 30 percent remaining charge before the selected bedtime, you will be reminded to recharge it.

    There is also an alarm function that is supposed to wake the wearer of the watch with sounds or vibrations.

  • New dials such as

    Chronograph Pro,

    which has a tachymeter function for estimating speeds.

    And of course the animated Memoji clock face.

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There is movement in it: personalized Memoji dial

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  • The ability to


    multiple complications

    from one app on one clock face, e.g. temperature, wind direction and strength from a weather app.

  • Watch faces can now be


    with others

    , for example via email.

  • With the help of Siri,

    languages ​​can be translated directly into one another


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How do you say that in Spanish?

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  • New training

    modes for dancing, functional strength training and core training as well as a function to also record the cool down after training.

  • In response to the corona crisis, Apple built in a function that recognizes when you




    and then starts a 20-second timer. 

These devices are compatible with the updates

iOS 14

  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max

  • iPhone XS and XS Max

  • iPhone XR and iPhone X

  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

  • iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

  • iPhone SE (1st and 2nd generation)

  • iPod touch (7th generation)

iPadOS 14

  • 12.9 "iPad Pro (1st to 4th generation)

  • 11 "iPad Pro (1st and 2nd generation)

  • 10.5 "iPad Pro

  • 9.7 "iPad Pro

  • iPad (5th to 7th generation)

  • iPad Air 2

  • iPad mini (4th and 5th generation)

watchOS 7

  • All Apple Watches from Series 3

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Source: spiegel

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