Apple today planted new public bets on iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates in its public beta testing group. The current software releases, which Apple labels as fourth bets to keep them in line with developer bets, are really the third bet that Apple has provided and they come two weeks after previous beta releases.
Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s beta test program can download updates to iOS / iPadOS over the air after installing the appropriate certificate from the Public Beta website on a device iOS, with instructions available on how to do it. Updates should not be installed on primary devices, as this is beta software and may have serious issues.
IOS 14 brings changes to the home screen, including widget support. Widgets can now be placed next to your apps, and with a focus on widgets, Apple has introduced new widgets from the default apps and allows you to customize them in three sizes.
You can put widgets anywhere on any application page, with new widgets that can be found in the widget gallery. Along with widgets, Apple has introduced an App Library, which is an interface that displays all the apps on your iPhone in both automatically created smart folders and an alphabetical list.
With the App Library providing access to all apps, there’s now an option to hide entire pages of your iPhone app, so you can avoid a cluttered home screen.
Apple has worked to make the iphone interface more compact and incoming phone calls and Siri requests no longer take over the entire screen, but instead are presented in a banner style, a feature also available a iPadOS.
There is an image in Picture mode to watch videos or use FaceTime while doing something else at once on the oniPhone. The Messages app offers new features that focus on group conversations such as fixed conversations, mentions, and online replies.
A new App Clips feature allows you to use small bits for an app without having to download the entire app, useful for times when you need an app to buy a coffee, rent a scooter, or make a reservation of restaurant. Application clips work using Apple-designed App Clip codes, NFC tags, or QR codes and can also be shared in Messages or from Safari.
The Health app supports the sleep tracking feature added to watchOS 7, and iPhone supports Sleep and Wind Down Mode features designed to help you sleep better. There is also a new health checklist that facilitates the management of safety and health functions such as emergency SOS, fall detection and medical identification.
The Weather app now provides information on severe weather events and minute-by-minute rainfall readings (US only) and the Maps app supports cycling directions for the first time so cyclists can plan routes with information such as busy streets , elevation changes, stairs. , and more. Now, Maps also allows electric vehicle owners to plan routes with EV recharging points.
The Home app is smarter, with automation suggestions and an adaptive lighting feature that allows HomeKit lights to adjust their color temperature throughout the day, plus there are new features for home cameras. HomeKit security.
A new translation app designed by Apple provides text and voice translations to and from 11 languages, and with one mode per device, translations can be done completely from your phone.
Tons of new privacy features have been added to iOS and adiPadOS 14. Applications need permission before accessing devices on a local network, you are notified when an application accesses the clipboard, and there are small icons in the status bar on the omeHome Screen when an application uses the camera or the microphone.
There are also new options to limit access to select photos and provide applications with an approximate location rather than an exact location for better privacy protection. Safari has a Privacy Report that tells you which crawler sites they use, and in the future, the App Store will include a summary of developer privacy practices in an easy-to-read format.
AirPods can now switch seamlessly and automatically between devices, and AirPods Pro gets a new spatial audio feature for surround sound with dynamic head tracking.
As for adiPadOS 14, it includes most of the new iOS 14 updates, minus the Home Screen design. The biggest change is the new Scribble feature that allows you to use Apple Pencil to type in any text field, with the written text converted to typed text.
Scribble works throughout the operating system so you can use the Pple Pencil for safari searches, add new items to your calendar and reminders, send messages, type by hand in the Notes app, and more.
The fourth beta developer added a new TV widget and introduced the exposure notification API for iOS 14 users, and those features are also in the new beta available to public testers.
For more information on all the new features in iOS and adiPadOS 14, be sure to check out our iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 service files, which have a detailed look at all the new features.