There are hundreds of new features in iOS 14, many of which are immediately obvious like the new Home Screen widgets, the App Library, pinned conversations and mentions in Messages, a compact UI for Siri and Phone calls, and more, but there are also tons of features that are less immediately obvious.
In this guide and accompanying video, we’ve rounded up some of the most useful hidden features you’ll find in the iOS 14 update. Note that some of these features are limited to Apple’s newer iPhones and do not work with older models.
Sound Recognition is a useful Accessibility feature created for those who need help listening to their surroundings. When enabled, Sound Recognition allows the iPhone to listen for sounds like running water, a fire alarm, a dog barking, a baby crying, shouting, car horns, doorbells, and other related sounds.
When the iPhone detects one of these sounds, it sends a notification so you’re immediately alerted when something is wrong. In our testing, Sound Recognition has been accurate, making it a useful option for anyone who needs it. Note that when Sound Recognition is turned on, the iPhone is not able to listen for “Hey Siri” commands.