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iOS/iPadOS 14 Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Article ID = 239
Article Title = iOS/iPadOS 14 Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 6th May 2020
Article Last Updated = 7th August 2020
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Article Brief Description:
Frequently Asked Questions about Apple's iOS/iPadOS 14


  • iOS/iPadOS 14 has an upgraded version of the Reminders app - when using Reminders, if you choose to upgrade to the new format, it will then only synchronise with iOS 13 or later | macOS 10.15 or later
  • The newer Notes format is not compatible with iOS 9/OS X 10.11 or earlier - once you have upgraded your device to iOS/iPadOS 14 and you open the Notes app you will be required to "Upgrade Notes" or you can close the app, which will not upgrade the Notes but means you cannot use the new Notes app!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When will iOS/iPadOS 14 be released?
A. iOS/iPadOS 14 was officially announced at Apple's WWDC online virtual event on 22nd June 2020. The first Developer Preview was made available on 22nd June 2020. The first Public Beta was made available in July 2020. The consumer edition of iOS/iPadOS 14 will be available in the autumn of 2020 probably September or October.
Q. How much does iOS/iPadOS 14 cost?
A. It will be free, as in, a free download via the internet at ~2.5GB to ~5GB in size depending on your model of iPhone/iPad/iPod and whether you upgrade via iTunes/macOS Finder or over-the-air (OTA).
Q. What do I need to run/upgrade to iOS 14?
A. The following iOS devices are compatible with iOS 14 : All other iPhones and iPod touches including the iPhone 5s, 6/6+ and the iPod touch 6th generation are not supported.
Q. What new features does iOS 14 have?
A. See Apple's official iOS 14 preview web page. MacStrategy's recommended features to note are:
  • Compact User Interface for Phone calls, FaceTime calls, Siri, Picture-in-Picture, and Third-party VoIP calls
  • Accessibility Back Tap - new feature to allow physically double/triple tapping the back of the iPhone to perform actions
  • FaceTime Picture-in-Picture - you can continue viewing your call while multitasking
  • On-device dictation
  • Set default email and browser apps
  • Wi-Fi Private Address
  • Sound Recognition - device will continuous listen for certain sounds and notifies you when those sounds are recognised. Some of the sounds that can be recognised include:
    • Fire / Siren / Smoke Alarms
    • Cat / Dog
    • Appliances
    • Car Horn
    • Door Bell / Knock
    • Water Running
    • Baby Crying
    • Shouting
  • App Library including:
    • App Library on the Home Screen
    • Automatic categorisation
    • Suggestions
    • Search
    • Hide Home Screen pages
    • Recently Added
  • Widgets
    • Widgets in different sizes
    • Redesigned
    • Widgets for everything
    • Widget gallery
    • Smart Stack
    • Siri Suggestions widget
  • New Messages features:
    • Pinned conversations - up to nine pinned conversations that sync across Messages in iOS, iPadOS, and macOS - macOS 10.15 or later required
    • Group conversations now with inline replies/threads and direct mentions
    • Enhanced Search
    • Enhanced photo picker
    • New Memoji stickers, hairstyles, headwear, face coverings and age options
  • New Translate app
    • Conversation mode
    • Voice translation - downloaded languages can be translated using voice even without an internet connection
    • On-device mode - enable a fully offline experience for Translate
    • Text translation
    • Favourites
    • Attention mode
    • Dictionary
    • Initially supported languages - English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, German, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, and Arabic
  • App Clips
    • A new way to discover apps - tapping NFC tags or scanning QR codes, also directly from Messages, Maps, and Safari
    • NOTE: Camera support for scanning an App Clip code will be made available in an iOS 14 software update later this year
      NOTE: Supported on some older iPhone models only after manually turning on NFC scan mode from the Control Centre
    • After using the small, basic App Clip, you can download the full version of the app with just a tap
    • Works with Apple Pay
    • Works with Sign in with Apple
    • Secure and private by design
  • New Safari features:
    • Inline web page Translation (initially only available in the USA and Canada with support for English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Brazilian Portuguese languages)
    • Web page privacy reports
    • Password monitoring
  • New Sleep Mode with customisable Sleep Schedule and "Wind Down" features
  • Maps - new Map view expanded from USA to include United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada
  • Maps - updated with additional new features including environmentally friendly travel (bicycles + electric vehicles) - although many of these features are restricted to countries outside of the European Union on initial launch
  • Siri - additional translation languages (support for over 65 language pairs)
  • Siri - send audio messages
  • Siri - new natural language voice for some EU countries: English (Ireland / UK) + French + German + Spanish (Spain)
  • Electronic, secure Car Keys feature
  • Files - APFS encrypted drive support
  • New bilingual dictionaries (French–German, Indonesian–English, Japanese–Simplified Chinese, and Polish–English)
  • Autocorrection support for Ireland and Norway
  • Keyboard - Emoji search
  • Enhanced Privacy
  • Enhanced Accessibility
  • Enhanced Home app including favourite HomeKit scenes + facial recognition for HomeKit Secure Video-enabled cameras + activity Zones for video cameras and doorbells
  • Enhanced AirPods support and features including spatial audio and automatic device switching
  • Enhanced Notes
  • Enhanced Camera
  • Enhanced Search
  • Enhanced CarPlay
  • Enhanced Apple Arcade
  • Enhanced Augmented Reality
  • Enhanced Photos
  • Enhanced Reminders
  • Enhanced Voice Memos
  • Enhanced Weather
Q. What special new features are supported by which iPhone/iPod touch model?
A. See the table below:
Table 1:'s iOS 14 new feature hardware compatibility chart
Feature iPhone SE 1st Gen iPhone 6s/6s+ iPhone 7/7+ iPhone 8/8+ iPhone X iPhone Xʀ iPhone Xs (Max) iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro (Max) iPhone SE 2nd Gen iPod touch 7th Gen
Car Keys ✖︎︎✖︎︎︎︎︎✖︎︎✖︎︎︎✔︎✖︎︎
AirPods Spatial Audio ✖︎︎︎✖︎︎︎︎︎✔︎︎✔︎︎✔︎︎︎✔︎︎︎︎✖︎︎
Tap an NFC tag - auto ✖︎︎✖︎︎︎︎✖︎︎✖︎︎︎︎✖︎︎✔︎︎✖︎︎
Tap an NFC tag - turn on ✖︎︎✖︎︎︎︎✔︎︎✔︎︎︎︎✔︎︎–︎–︎︎
ARKit: Location Anchors ✖︎︎✖︎︎︎︎✖︎︎✖︎︎︎︎✖︎︎✖︎︎
Volume buttons burst photos
+ QuickTake video
On-device dictation ✖︎︎✖︎︎✖︎︎✖︎︎✖︎︎
Q. What new features does iPadOS 14 have?
A. See Apple's official iPadOS 14 preview web page. Here is MacStrategy's recommended iPadOS unique features to note:
  • Scribble
    • Handwrite in any text field
    • Scratch to delete
    • Circle to select
    • Touch and hold to add space
    • Scribble shortcut palette
  • Better Note-Taking with Apple Pencil
    • Smart Selection
    • Copy and paste as text
    • Shape recognition
      • Line
      • Curve
      • Square
      • Rectangle
      • Circle
      • Oval
      • Heart
      • Triangle
      • Star
      • Cloud
      • Hexagon
      • Thought bubble
      • Outlined arrow
      • Continuous line with 90‑degree turns
      • Line with arrow endpoint
      • Curve with arrow endpoint
    • Drag to select
    • Make space
    • Data detectors
  • Safari - Favicons in tabs by default
NOTE: iPadOS 14 does not include the following new iOS 14 features:
  • App Library
  • Widgets on the home screen
  • Emoji search
  • New Translate app
  • Car Keys
  • App clips via NFC (links and QR codes will still work)
  • Still no Health or Weather apps on the iPad so any new features in those apps will obviously not be available on an iPad
Q. What do I need to run/upgrade to iPadOS 14?
A. The following iPads are compatible with iPadOS 14: All other iPads including the original iPad Air and iPad minis 2 + 3 are not supported.
Q. What special new features are supported by which iPad model?
A. See the table below:
Table 2:'s iPadOS 14 new feature hardware compatibility chart
Feature iPad 5th Gen iPad 6th Gen iPad 7th Gen iPad Air 2 iPad Air 3 iPad mini 4 iPad mini 5 iPad Pro iPad Pro 2nd Gen iPad Pro 3rd Gen
ARKit: Location Anchors (requires cellular model) ✖︎︎✖︎︎︎︎︎✖︎︎✖︎︎︎✔︎︎✔︎✔︎︎
RealityKit: Video textures ✔︎︎✔︎︎︎︎✔︎︎✖︎︎︎︎✔︎︎✔︎︎
AirPods Spatial Audio ✖︎︎✔︎︎︎︎︎︎✔︎︎︎︎✖︎︎︎✔︎︎︎✔︎︎
On-device dictation ✖︎︎✖︎︎︎︎︎✖︎︎✖︎︎︎✔︎︎︎✔︎︎
Q. How do I connect a wireless game controller?
A. Apple has official instructions online.
Q. How do I setup the Accessibility Back Tap feature?
A. Go to Settings app > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap and configure. You can configure different actions for double and triple tap.
Q. Does the Accessibility Back Tap feature work when the device has a cover on it?
A. This is to be confirmed - we'll update this article when we have more information.
Q. How do I setup the Sound Recognition feature?
A. Go to Control Centre > Sound Recognition and configure. If Sound Recognition is not a Control Centre item, go to Settings app > Control Centre > Customise Controls > add Sound Recognition.
Q. I don't like iOS/iPadOS 14. Can I go back/downgrade?
A. Sorry, no you can't.

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