IOS 14 was officially announced on Monday during Apple’s WWDC Special Event Kit, but that doesn’t mean it’s still available for everyone to try. IOS 14 is currently only available to developers through beta testing, but Apple plans to release it to the public soon.
IOS 14 includes countless new features for iPhone and iPod Touch users. Probably the most significant is the first change on the home screen. IOS 14 lets users add widgets to their home screen, the apps can now be saved in the new app library. This means you no longer have to save all your applications on your home screen. Instead, you can put your most used apps on your home screen and access the rest through the app library.
IOS 14 has also added a new translation app that offers a complete translator for text and voice commands. Apple Maps has added new features to help users reduce carbon footprint, including support for cycling directions and EV routing, while Carkey uses your iPhone as a new way to unlock your car and get started.
Apple also said that iOS 14 will allow users to change their default app preferences for the first time. This feature is not available in beta, but it will mean that users can set their default web browser and Chrome to be the default web browser for something like Gmail.
IOS 14 includes a selection of colorful new wallpapers, but you don’t have to wait for the update to be released to try them out. Check out our story with download links for new iOS 14 and iPadS14 wallpapers for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
You can read the full coverage of the new iOS 14 here.
Will Apple release iOS 14 to the public?
Apple has said that a universal beta of iOS 14 will be available sometime in July. Once it’s released, you’ll be able to install iOS 14 on your iPhone or iPod touch without being a registered developer. This does not mean that iOS 14 will be completely free of bugs and performance issues but at least it will be stable enough for more people to try.
Apple did not elaborate, especially when the public beta of iOS 14 will be available in July. It could be as early as next week but we will win that it is likely to come in late July rather than early July.
What if you are not ready for beta testing iOS 14? If this is the case, you will have to wait until the fall to install iOS 14 on your iPhone. Typically, this release took place in September alongside the latest iPhone models which is the iPhone 12 this year.
Current reports indicate that the iPhone may not be released until October 12, but it’s not clear if iOS 14 will be able to push it until then. For now, the “fall” is the only indication that Apple has given us a date for the release of new software.
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