Apple today released the upcoming iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates to developers for testing purposes, a week after the sowing of the eighth beta seed and more than two months since the launch of the new software at the WWDC keynote address.
Registered developers can download the beta over the air after installing the proper profile from the Apple Developer Center.
IOS 14 introduces the first redesigned Home screen that supports iPhone widgets, plus the redesigned widget and can now be customized in three sizes through the new widget gallery.
An app library displays all the apps installed on the iPhone in one place, with an icon display and an alphabetical list. With all the apps in the app library, you can hide app icons and ‘home screen’ pages for a cleaner look.
Incoming phone calls and FaceTime calls no longer receive the full iPhone / iPad display and Siri calls are monopolized as Siri requests are also minimized. Syria is smarter than iOS 14 and can send audio messages and dictation can now run on the device. Image mode allows users to use ‘FaceTime’ while watching videos or using other applications.
App clips allow users to take advantage of some app features that are useful for quick action, such as buying coffee, booking restaurants or renting a scooter without having to download the full app, where downloading the full app can be a hassle. Application clips can be scanned with QR codes, NFC tags, or app clip codes created by Apple to share messages or access Safari.
In the messaging app you can now paste important conversations, use references in group chats, and take advantage of linear replies to better organize multiple conversations. There are new memoir options and you can add photos, emojis or memorabilia icons to group chats.
The health app supports Apple Watch’s new sleep tracking feature, and has a health checklist for managing health settings, as well as more information about rainfall and extreme weather events in the weather app.
The map app includes altitude, how busy a street is, and stairs, and for those with electric vehicles, there are options for routes with EV charging stops.
The digital key allows the iPhone to be used instead of a physical key, a feature that will soon be coming to BMW, and CarPlay will now allow users to customize wallpapers.
The new translation app provides text and voice translations in 11 languages and has tons of new privacy protection. Before accessing devices on a local network, developers must obtain user permission before restricting access to photos and giving apps approximate locations instead of specific locations.
Safari has a privacy record that lets you know which websites have trackers, and there are new icons on the home screen that let you know when an app is using a camera or microphone. Third-party browsers and mail applications can be set to default for the first time, and Apple has added new AirPods capabilities.
In the case of the iPad, the Apple Pencil can now be used in any text field, thanks to the new Scribble feature that automatically translates handwritten text into typed text.
IOS 14 and iPods 14 ‘have tons of other features, so be sure to check out our iOS 14 Roundabout and our iPadOS 14 Roundabout for a complete list of everything new. We have highlighted all the new features and changes introduced with each beta iteration, and you can see the changes in our Beta 2, Beta 3, Beta 4, Beta 5, Beta 2, Beta 3 and Beta 4 . 6, and beta 7 tidbit bits.
Beta 3 introduced a new red music icon, changes to the music app’s music library layout, clock widget, updated screen time widget, beta 4 Apple TV widget, and enhanced search. Beta 5 introduced a large Apple News widget option, a scroll clock for applications such as an alarm clock, an option to enable exposure notification and better cover photo albums, and a rainbow option for beta 6 spatial audio settings and a beta card with beta 7 added.
At the moment, registered developers and general beta testers will be able to get iOS 14 and iPad 14, and Apple plans to release the new software tomorrow.
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