There are some welcome changes on the way for Siri in iOS 14. With a splash of paint and improvements in translation, knowledge, and maps.
When is the iOS 14 release date?
Apple hasn’t announced a date yet. Based on past releases, it’s likely to be in September 2020. The worldwide pandemic may have affected this. We don’t know at this point.
Siri changes in iOS 14
- Siri has had a makeover
- Siri Suggestions widget
- Siri translate improvements in iOS 14
- Better knowledge
- Better maps
- iOS 14 supported devices
Siri has had a makeover
Visually, the virtual assistant will no longer take up the entire display when activated in its first significant redesign since it first launched eight years ago.
Siri will pop up with a distinct, larger, colorful icon that appears when you hold your finger to the bottom of your iPhone screen, or say “Hey Siri”. The new icon now appears over the top of the regular iOS UI. It can even display compatible widgets, such as when you ask for the weather.
Siri includes a new compact mode, and now supports sending audio messages.
iPadOS 14 is also seeing an update to Siri. Generated results will appear in a newly designed compact screen in the bottom right-hand corner of an iPad screen.
The new icon also hovers over the new iPadOS 14 user interface, which also includes widgets directly on the home screen.
Siri Suggestions widget
Widgets give users information on a devices’ home screen from various installed apps. From stocks to news and weather.
In iOS 14, Apple introduces the Siri Suggestions widget. It works much like Siri Suggestions already does by intelligently displaying apps and Siri suggestions based on your usage.
So if you often open the Maps app in the morning, Siri will display it in the widget. If you message a friend regularly at lunchtime, a shortcut to text them will appear on your home screen at the right time of day.
You can ask Siri to ignore specific apps by pressing and holding their icon.
Siri translate improvements in iOS 14
Siri is also getting a new Translate app that will support full and real-time translations across multiple languages. The feature is privacy-respecting and works entirely offline.
You can save common phrases so you can access them quickly. Plus, download translation packs to keep your conversations entirely on-device and not network-dependent.
Apple has also built in a feature to display translated text in “attention mode,” which shows it full-screen in large letters in landscape mode.
The new Translate app appears to be a significant rival to Google’s own Translate app, and it will also work in landscape mode on iPhones.
At launch, Translate will support 11 languages, including:
- Mandarin Chinese
Apple has been improving upon the number of direct answers Siri can give you, with 20 times as many “facts” available compared to three years ago.
Siri does now give you more answers beyond the facts it knows. Siri’s ability to use web-based information to provide you with a web-based solution is much better.
Siri will now work with the Share ETA feature. If you’re navigating somewhere with Maps, you can tell Siri to share your ETA with a contact. They’ll get a text notification, and can open it to get a live route update.
If the person you share your ETA with doesn’t have at least iOS 13.1 (or uses an Android phone), they’ll receive a text message containing your expected arrival time. Automatic updates will follow if it changes.
Maps in iOS 14 adds cycling directions. You can now ask Siri to give you cycling directions to a particular destination, too.
iOS 14 supported devices
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE (1st generation)
- iPhone SE (2nd generation)
- iPod touch (7th generation)
- iPad Air 2 and later,
- all iPad Pro models,
- iPad 5th generation and later
- iPad mini 4 and later.
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