We’ve been learning more about iOS 14 now that the first developer beta is available. The major new update for the iPhone and iPod touch operating system brings a redesigned home screen and other new features that Apple didn’t mention during WWDC.
Toggle precise location
Apple briefly mentioned in yesterday’s keynote that iOS 14 offers more privacy options, giving users more control over what data each app can access. One of these options is the “Precise Location” toggle, which prevents the app from knowing your exact location when it is turned off.
Instead of showing you where you are, iOS 14 can point to a random location in your city, so the app can’t track you. The option can be disabled in the Privacy settings for each individual application.
IPhone 11 (and line 11 Pro) features QuickTake, which allows users to quickly record videos in the Camera app without having to switch to video mode. Just like in apps like Instagram and Snapchat, you can simply press and hold the shutter button to start a video recording.
QuickTake is only available for iPhone 11 on iOS 13 for some unknown reason, but Apple is expanding this feature with iOS 14. Owners of iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max can now use QuickTake with iOS 14. You can hold and swipe to right to lock the recording or press and hold and swipe left to take photos in burst mode.
To continue recording video without holding down the button, slide the shutter button to the right, and then release it. When video recording is locked, a shutter appears on the right; Touch to take a still photo during video recording. When you are ready to stop recording, tap the record button. Slide the shutter button to the left and hold it to take a burst of photos, then release to stop it.
Change video resolution in Camera app
With iOS 13.2, Apple has allowed iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max users to change the video resolution directly on the app’s camera. This option was also restricted to newer iPhone models, but now Apple is bringing it to more iOS 14 devices.
There is a new “Video Format Control” option in the camera settings that allows users to change the video resolution in the camera app when it is enabled. It works not only with iPhone 11, but also with all iPhone and iPad models running iOS 14.
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