iOS 14: New Notification Dot for Camera & Microphone and New Call Audio Routing UI

Each year, Apple takes privacy across all its devices to the next level. Apple develops features for its products having privacy in their mind. Privacy is the core of every feature Apple develops and this year is no different. Apple announced a wide range of softwares – iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS in their 31st Worldwide Developers Conference in an all-new online format on June 22nd, following which they conducted various sessions and providing One on One Developer sessions with Apple Engineers.

With iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple has introduced a new way for you to keep track of your Camera and Microphone usage. If any app is using you Camera or Microphone, you’ll notice a small orange dot on the top right of your iPhone or iPad. This will especially help during these times where one is reliant on video conferencing, and this dot will help by notifying you if the Camera or Microphone is being used by an app.

Thats not it! If you go to the Control Center of your iPhone or iPad, it will show you which app is using your Camera or Microphone. If you’re not using your Camera or Microphone, it will display the app which used the Camera or Microphone recently.


Along with adding this new privacy feature, Apple has also changed the UI for incoming calls and Audio Routing. When you are on a call, and you want to route you call to your AirPods or Speaker, you get a new UI which looks like this:

Earlier with iOS 13, when you tapped on the Audio option, you would get a popup from the bottom, but with iOS 14, this UI has now been shrinked, and looks like the Haptic Touch Menus for Apps. This menu now appears right under the Audio toggle upon selection. This makes the interface more seamless and intuitive.

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Pururaj Dutta
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