Everything you need to know about the iOS 14 update

New York (CNN Business)Apple just unveiled new versions of the Apple Watch and iPad, but a new iPhone isn't expected until next month.

But even if you're not holding out for the latest phone, the new iOS 14 update can give your current model a refresh -- for free. The next version of the iPhone operating system rolls out to iPhone 6s models and later starting Wednesday.

Apple (AAPL) teased new features in the update at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, including new ways to discover and organize apps, as well as the ability to unlock your car with your iPhone. (The feature will only work with a BMW model for now.)

iOS 14 will include a new feature called App Library, which automatically organizes the apps on your homescreen so you don't have to scroll through several pages to find what you're looking for.

These are the biggest changes coming to iOS 14.

Mini apps

Apple is giving an easier way to discover and access new apps with a feature called App Clips. It offers a small part of an app for use at the moment it's needed, whether it's for ordering an on-demand scooter or a burger from a restaurant. These apps are small in size and integrate with Apple Pay. Users can then opt to download the full version of the app from the App Store.

The new functionality can be accessed by scanning a new App Clip code or using a QR. They can also be shared in messages or via the Safari web browser.

Upgrades to group chats

As group messaging grows on iMessage, Apple took inspiration for new features from one of the leading workplace messaging services.

Apple announced new updates to group chats, including the option to pin the most important conversations to the top of the list of messages and mention others in group chats, similar to Slac. (WORK) Users will get a notification that they've been mentioned.

Users will also be able to set a group photo using an image or emoji. Plus, Apple's avatars, called Memoji, have more hairstyles, age options and face masks, for the pandemic era.

Digital car keys

First Apple took on credit cards, now Apple wants to replace your car keys. It teased a new tool that will allow people to use an iPhone or Apple Watch to unlock and start their car. Initially, it will only be available with the new 2021 BMW 5 series.

Digital car keys can also be shared with other people, such as family members, using messages.

The next generation of the technology will let users unlock cars without taking their iPhone out of their pocket. It is expected to be available next year.


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