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Apple continues to update its iOS 14 software for the iPhone , adding valuable new capabilities and features. Most recently, Apple released iOS 14.4, adding a new workout to Fitness Plus for Apple Watch owners. It also included a new Unity watch face to celebrate Black History Month. The update also included a series of security fixes for vulnerabilities that were actively being exploited. Yikes. 



graphical user interface: iOS 14 changes the iPhone's home screen. Patrick Holland/CNET


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iOS 14 changes the iPhone’s home screen. Patrick Holland/CNET



a close up of a cell phone: iOS 14 changes the iPhone's homescreen. 


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iOS 14 changes the iPhone’s homescreen. 


The update follows the addition of Apple ProRaw photos to the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. Those new features join an already impressive list of capabilities that Apple brought to its mobile devices with the release of iOS 14 in September. 

For example, you can personalize your iPhone’s home screen by creating custom app icons and placing new widgets wherever you want. And a new Scribble feature in the iPad update now lets you use the Apple Pencil to write in any text field, and the tablet will convert it to text, instead of always pulling up the keyboard. And that’s just the beginning. 

Here are the best tips and tricks we’ve discovered for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. We’ll frequently update this post, so check back for more fantastic tips. 

Read more: How to install iOS 14 and iPadOS 14



a screenshot of a cell phone sitting on top of a table: App Library is the iPhone's new app drawer. Jason Cipriani/CNET


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App Library is the iPhone’s new app drawer. Jason Cipriani/CNET

1. Check out the new home screen features

The iPhone now has an app drawer-like feature called App Library, which acts as a warehouse to store all of the apps you don’t regularly use. You can access the App Library by swiping from right to left on your screen past all of your current home screens. Another first for the iPhone is the ability to place widgets on the home screen. Apple provided developers with the tools to create a new style of widget that’s sure to make your Android friends jealous. We go into more detail about the home screen changes here

2. Create a custom Smart Stack widget

Speaking of widgets, you’re not locked into using Apple’s curated Smart Stack widget. You can create your own stack of widgets using the same technique…

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