Gone are the days when Apple used to only design features for perhaps U.S. and U.K. and a few features that were targeted at the remainder of the world. For the past three years, we’ve got iOS features designed specifically for India. This time around we have better SMS spam filtering, new fonts, new iMessage effects and a lot more. Here are the most productive India-specific features in iOS 14.
1. iMessage Effects for India
You are already aware that whether we send sure keywords in iMessage, as an example, happy birthday, happy new year, congratulations, or pew pew, you’ll be able to see full-screen effects on the app. Now these effects have been localised for India. For instance, try typing जन्मदिन मुबारक and send it to someone on iMessage. You’ll be able to see a lovely little bunch of balloons popping up over on the screen. In a similar fashion, typing Happy Diwali or Happy Holi in Hindi or English trigger these effects too.
2. Better SMS Spam Filtering
SMS spam is a problem that plagues numerous Indians. iOS 14 has made tackling this problem a little bit easier. We already had apps such as VeroSMS that would will let you filter spam but now the Messages app is getting extra filters built-in to complement those apps. So whether you tap at the Filters button on the top left, you’ll be able to see nice filters such as Known Senders, Unknown Senders, Transactional Messages, etc.
3. Indian English Translation
Probably the most languages supported for translation in iOS 14 is Indian English. Now, that’s good to see because you’ll be able to now translate from Spanish in English but what we in point of fact need is the ability to translate to and from Indian languages. For instance, Chinese, Spanish, or Portuguese to Hindi, Marathi or any other Indian language, because that would be a game changer in India.
4. New Fonts for India
iOS 14 has enhance for 20 new document fonts and a few even existing Indian fonts have got new styles such as bold and italics.
5. Enhance for Devanagari Email IDs
Whether you realize somebody who has an email ID in Devanagari, you’ll be able to now send emails to them via the Mail app. The app now supports Devanagari email IDs, except for address in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Thai.
6. Download Updates on Cellular Data
The next big feature that we wish to spotlight here is increased enhance for cellular data downloads in iOS 14. Apple now permits you to download software updates, Siri voices, and Apple TV+ downloads via mobile data, which is perfect for India where people use numerous mobile data and broadband access remains slightly low.
7. Siri Sounds More Natural
The Indian English voice of Siri sounded a bit robotic in iOS 13, but with the newest iOS 14 update, it sounds a lot more lifelike. In case you like the use of the voice assistant, you’ll be able to hear a more human-like voice now.
Which is your favourite iOS 14 feature for India? Tell us via the comments.
WWDC 2020 had numerous exciting announcements from Apple, but which are the most productive iOS 14 features for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you’ll be able to subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.