FIVE THINGS WE LOVE—AND HATE—ABOUT THE FIVE BIGGEST iOS 14 FEATURES
Macworld|September 2020
THE GOOD AND THE NOT-SO-GOOD.
MICHAEL SIMON

Even if you haven’t rushed to install the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 public betas (go.macworld. com/14bt) on your devices, you already know all about the new features that’ll transform your home screen, apps, and overall mobile experience in exciting new ways. Major changes are in store for our home screens, widgets, and apps, as Apple makes some long-overdue tweaks to the iPhone and iPad experience.

But it’s not all moonlight and roses. I’ve been testing the new betas since they landed, and I’ve run into frustrating quirks and roadblocks along the way. Don’t get me wrong: There’s a lot to like here, but in true Apple fashion, old systems and puzzling decisions keep the new features from being as great as they can be. There’s still a lot of time for the betas to be tweaked, of course, but here’s what I like and don’t like so far.

1. EMOJI SEARCH

What’s good

Finally, right? A feature that is hilariously and horribly overdue, Apple now lets you search the emoji list so you don’t have to rely on the flaky predictive text or your own memory. When you tap the emoji button on the stock iPhone keyboard, you’ll see the same interface as before, with a left-right library of all of the emoji available for use,but now there will be a search bar at the top. It’s fast and smart, searching for both context and emoji name so you should find what you’re looking for on the first try.

What’s not so good

While emoji search is awesome on the iPhone, it’s not available on the iPad. You do get a new pop-up interface that’s nicer to look at and a little easier to navigate, but there's no search bar anywhere to be found. So if you’re using the Magic Keyboard, you'll still need to reach up and swipe to find your expression. (Insert weary emoji here.)

2. HOME SCREEN

What’s good

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM MACWORLDView All

Apple Teams With A-cold-wall On Beats Studio3 Headphones

The limited edition headphones will go on sale soon for $350.

1 min read
Macworld
November 2021

Hot Stuff

What we're raving about this month

1 min read
Macworld
November 2021

Google may have built a better iPhone with the Pixel 6

The Pixel 6 isn't just a new phone-it's a whole new outlook.

4 mins read
Macworld
December 2021

TWELVE SOUTH HOVERBAR DUO

When you're using your iPhone or iPad to do a task or for a FaceTime call, you need to place it in the proper position.

1 min read
Macworld
December 2021

iCloud email won't send? Here's what to check to fix it

iCloud has restrictions that could prevent your email from being sent.

1 min read
Macworld
December 2021

BATTERY PACK ZMI POWERPACK NO. 20: COMPACT EXTERNAL BATTERY CAN CHARGE A MACBOOK

The ZMI PowerPack No. 20 (Model QB826G) is the closest thing I've seen in many years to the kind of outboard laptop battery popular in the days when batteries burned through stored energy as quickly as sparklers. The PowerPack No. 20's prosaic name hides its massive output: up to 210 watts across three output ports simultaneously!

3 mins read
Macworld
December 2021

Beyerdynamic DT 700 Pro X

The DT 900 Pro X headphones are aimed at content creators: folks working on the production of music, podcasts, and similar pursuits in home studios and on the road.

1 min read
Macworld
December 2021

AirPods vs. AirPods Pro: Which is right for your ears?

Don't know whether to buy the AirPods (2nd gen), AirPods (3rd gen), or AirPods Pro? Here's how they stack up.

4 mins read
Macworld
December 2021

iPhone 13 and iPad mini benchmarks don't tell whole story

Benchmarks of Apple's newest devices reveal a different kind of chip.

4 mins read
Macworld
November 2021

Andover Audio Songbird: This budget-priced music streamer is no featherweight

This low-priced audio component compares favorably to the likes of Sonos and Bluesound-at a fraction of the price.

7 mins read
Macworld
November 2021
RELATED STORIES

US FUND KKR INTERESTED IN ITALIAN TELECOMS GIANT TIM

The Italian telecommunications company TIM is assessing a non-binding “indication of interest” by the U.S. investment fund KKR to acquire the entire capital share, a potential 11 billion-euro deal.

2 mins read
Techlife News
27, November 2021

ITALIAN COMPETITION WATCHDOG FINES APPLE, AMAZON $225M

Italy’s antitrust watchdog has fined Apple and Amazon a total of more than 200 million euros ($225 million) for cooperating to restrict competition in the sale of Apple and Beats branded products in violation of European Union rules.

1 min read
Techlife News
27, November 2021

APPLE SUING ISRAELI HACKER-FOR-HIRE COMPANY NSO GROUP

Apple announced it is suing Israel’s NSO Group, seeking to block the world’s most infamous hacker-for-hire company from breaking into Apple’s products, like the iPhone.

2 mins read
AppleMagazine
November 26, 2021

Do It Yourself

Apple opens a new era for device repairs

6 mins read
AppleMagazine
November 26, 2021

DID SHERIFF RAILROAD SEX CREEP CUOMO?

Prosecutor bares potential defects in criminal case

3 mins read
Globe
November 29, 2021

Pivot: Scott Galloway

Super-Apps Are Inevitable Get ready for the first $10 trillion tech company.

6 mins read
New York magazine
November 22 - December 5, 2021

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

INGREDIENTS

1 min read
Soap Opera Digest
November 29, 2021

UNDER PRESSURE, APPLE ALLOWS SELF-REPAIRS TO IPHONES, MACS

Apple is letting some iPhone users fix their own phones, a sharp turnaround for a company that has long prohibited anyone but company-approved technicians from fiddling with its proprietary parts and software.

2 mins read
Techlife News
20, November 2021

e-Wallet

How cryptocurrency could come to apple pay

7 mins read
AppleMagazine
November 19, 2021

iPad mini (2021)

Apple’s most portable iPad gets a complete redesign and a pro feel

3 mins read
Mac Life
December 2021