With iOS 15 quickly approaching, I wanted to take some time to revisit my favorite iOS 14 features and examine how they’ve held up over time. Are there obvious areas for improvement? Watch our iOS 14 rewind review, as we take another look at the software that drives the iPhone, and be sure to subscribe to 9to5Mac on YouTube for more coverage.
Compact phone interface
The compact phone interface is something that I instantly fell in love with upon first trying it, and it remains one of my favorite iOS 14 features to this day. Incoming phone calls no longer steal focus from the current app or website that I’m viewing, which is a huge improvement over how iOS handled incoming phone calls prior to iOS 14.
With the compact phone interface, incoming calls are presented as a banner notification at the top of the screen. This design allows you to continue a current task, uninterrupted, while deciding how to handle the incoming call.
Long-term verdict: The compact phone interface is a highly useful feature, and I can’t believe went over a dozen iOS releases without it. That acknowledged, I sometimes feel like the compact phone interface and the iPhone’s proximity sensor aren’t on the same page, causing occasional issues with accidental touch input. Have you had a similar experience with the compact phone interface? Let me know in the comments.
Video: iOS 14 rewind review
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