YOU can get Apple’s next big iPhone update today – months before everyone else.
The huge free upgrade will eventually let you find out if your passwords have been hacked, and gives your iPhone a total makeover.
Apple’s mobile software – from your home screen to the settings and apps – is called iOS.
Each year, Apple releases a major new upgrade to this software with brand new features.
This year it’s called iOS 14, and there are loads of new features to get excited about.
You can use virtual car keys that can be texted to pals, upgrade your Memoji with a face mask, and even speak in other languages through a live translation app.
Apple’s iOS 14 can let you know if your passwords have been hacked – and completely changes your home screen too.
The update won’t be rolling out until September, but you can get it right now.
All you need to do is follow our guide on how to install iOS 14 early.
The first big change is the new App Library, designed to clean up your home screen(s).
All of your apps will be organised automatically inside the App Library.
If you’ve got loads of pages, you can tap your screen to hide some of them.
And then you can find those apps in the App Library.
It’s a major change (already possible on Android devices) that means you can have a much tidier mobile.
There are new widgets that look much better than the old ones.
Better still, you can put these widgets on the home screen alongside your apps – rather than them being hidden.
For instance, you can have podcast or weather widgets, all obtainable through the Widget Gallery.
Apple has finally added a proper picture-in-picture mode that works across the device.
So you can play videos while doing other things.
And audio will still play across the device.
Siri has received a major update.
Your iPhone can now run dictation on the device, so you can read out texts to the Message app.
Apple is also using Siri’s technology for a new app called Translate.
It lets two people who speak different languages have text conversations.
The app works offline, and is a clear rival to Google’s own Translate app.
Messages is getting an update.
You can now pin conversations to the top of the Messages app.
And there are 20 new hear and headwear styles for Apple’s animated Memoji avatars.
There are face coverings (because duh!), and new age options for Memoji too.
Apple has added “mentions” that let you tag people in group conversations.
And there are now in-line replies for miniature threads in group chats – a bit like in Slack.
Apple has also promised to reinvent the car key.
“They’ve become big, bulky and ripe for reimagining,” said Craig.
Your iPhone can now work as a digital car key on certain new car models.
The first car to support the tech is the new BMW 5-Series, available next month.
But Apple says it’s working with other car-makers too.
You can turn off the key remotely via iCloud if you lose your iPhone.
And you can even text your key to a pal temporarily if they want to borrow the car.
Eventually, the feature will let you enter your car without even taking your iPhone out of your pocket, just because the car knows the handset is nearby.
Apple also unveiled App Clips.
They’re “light and fast” pieces of apps, and work through virtual cards.
You tap your iPhone on a real-world NFC tag (or scan a QR code), and it launches an App Clip.
For instance, you could access a shareable scooter in the real world, or check a coffee shop menu.
You can also launch App Clips from the web too, including via text.
Apple is also working on a new iPhone feature that alerts users if their passwords have been exposed online.
The addition to iCloud Keychain, Apple’s password management tool, is coming to iPhones and iPads later this year in a free software update.
Once the upgrade has been released, Keychain will highlight passwords you’ve stored that may put your online accounts at risk.
That includes credentials that are easy to guess or have been leaked online by a major data breach.
The new iOS 14 update will be available in the autumn, like in September.
In other news, check out our review for the new (and very cheap) iPhone SE.
We were also very impressed by the new MacBook Air.
Take a look at these amazing iPhone tips and tricks.
And read our guide to the hidden secrets of FaceTime on your iPhone.
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