Long gone are the days of waiting for an official announcement to know about a new product. Now, by the time a company announces a device, hardcore fans already know just about everything the device has to offer.
That doesn't happen with just hardware. Software updates are now being leaked as well. The most recent example is Apple's iOS 14 update. Recent reports give us a bunch of information on new features and even some new products that may be coming in the near future.
We now know for sure that the iPad Pro keyboard with trackpad support is real, although we had a good idea that it was coming from the plethora of leaked information. As I mentioned, nothing stays hidden anymore.
Besides the newest iPad accessory, continue reading to browse six other products and features we're excited about!
A New Look for the Home Screen
The iPhone's Home screen might be getting a new look. Now, instead of having your apps in a grid view, like we currently have, you'll have an additional page that'll show all of your apps in a list, similar to how you can do it on your Apple Watch.
In addition, there will be a bunch of sorting options, including sorting by apps that have pending notifications and apps you've recently used.
Even better yet, this new Home screen page could also have Siri recommendations that will show you apps you might want to use, based on where you are, or the time of day.
Apple TV Fitness App
It seems Apple is also trying to keep you healthy by introducing workout routines. Another leak obtained by 9to5Mac shows an Apple TV workout app. This app currently has the code name, Seymour.
While the name is not that appealing, no offense to any Seymours out there, the idea has great potential. The report says this application will let you download workout routines and it will coach you using your Apple TV.
This app will also sync with your Apple Watch and will also come with Apple Music integration so you can listen to your favorite music while working out.
New Haptic Feedback
A new haptic feature will reportedly come to the iOS 14 update, but instead of reacting with your touch, it will alert users of noises around them. This is to give better accessibility to people with hearing loss.
This feature would allow the iPhone to "hear" sounds like fire alarms, sirens, doorbells, and babies crying. It will then alert the iPhone user with haptics.
In addition, iOS 14 would also bring new support to the iPhone's camera that would detect hand gestures.
New Over-Ear Headphones
It's been speculated for a while now that Apple is working on new over-ear headphones. But it wasn't until now we got to see what those headphones might look like.
Inside iOS 14 code, 9to5Mac found two icons resembling a pair of over-ear headphones. These icons give us the first look at what the headphones could look like. Not only that, but it also gives us the hope that these headphones will have different colors to choose from, unlike the current AirPods and AirPods Pro, which only come in white.
It's expected that these new over-ear headphones will have a greater sound quality and will come with improved features the current AirPods Pro have, such as an even better Active Noise Cancellation feature and Transparency Mode.
Blood Oxygen Detection
The Apple Watch has proven to be a great companion to keep you healthy. It can help you lose weight, and even save your life! Now, Apple may be thinking of adding another helpful feature to your daily companion.
It's important to note that we don't know yet if this is a feature that will be added to every Apple Watch, or if it needs special hardware that will only be available in the Apple Watch Series 6.
Besides that cool new feature, Apple is also hinting at other useful features like sleep tracking coming to iOS 14.
New iMessage Features
Another report states that iMessage will also receive a very deserving update. While the new features that could come to the app are not that innovative, they are things that other apps like Whatsapp and Slack already have, but iMessage needs.
First, iMessage would receive a "Mentions" system that would let people in a group chat tag a specific person by adding their name after using the @ sign. This would come in handy in group chats with a large number of people as it would give you name suggestions based on your contacts.
Another cool feature that seems to be coming to iMessage is the possibility to mark the last message you received from a group chat as unread after you opened it. If you don't want to deal with a message at any given moment, you could mark it as unread so you still have the app reminding you to open it.
Finally, the final feature to be added is the possibility to "retract" messages. This basically means you'll be able to delete a message before the other person reads it. After you retract it, though, a message will appear letting people know the message was deleted.
We don't know if iMessage will give you a limited amount of time to delete or retract your message, like Whatsapp does, but it would be extremely helpful in many scenarios.
We don't know exactly when the iOS 14 update is coming to Apple devices, or if any of these features will actually be available when it is released. But the leaks have been mostly correct so far. A good example is the release of the new iPad Pro with two cameras instead of three. For now, we can only wait for its release in the near future.