iOS 14: Features, iPhone compatibility, beta release date and more

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Sep 2020

Author by Divyesh Dayani

iOS 14: Features, iPhone compatibility, beta release date and more

iOS 14 is going to bring some big changes to your iPhone, starting with how you discover apps and info all the way right down to new features in a number of your favorite built-in apps. And with the public beta of iOS 14 now available, you'll see for yourself how big those changes are going to be.

While not a complete overall of Apple’s mobile operating system — the core look of iOS remains an equivalent in this upcoming version — iOS 14 introduces some significant changes from what you’re used to, alongside the standard tweaks and enhancements you’d find in any OS update.

The finished version of iOS 14 won’t ship until the fall, but we’ve gotten a reasonably good idea of what Apple has planned. First, Apple showed off its new OS during June's Worldwide Developer Conference, and a developer's beta of iOS 14 gave us a better look. Now there is a public beta for iOS 14, allowing everyone to see the features coming to iPhones later this fall — which includes the upcoming iPhone 12 models which will ship with iOS 12 pre-installed.

We've spent some time with the iOS early releases for an iOS 14 hands-on. Here's what we've learned about iOS 14, including new features, release dates and what it says about what Apple may have in the future for the iPhone 12.

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The finished version of iOS 14 won’t ship until the autumn, but we’ve gotten a reasonably good idea of what Apple has planned. First, Apple showed off its new OS during June's Worldwide Developer Conference, and a developer's beta of iOS 14 gave us a better look. Now there is a public beta for iOS 14, allowing everyone to see the features coming to iPhones later this fall — which includes the upcoming iPhone 12 models that will ship with iOS 12 pre-installed.

We've spent some time with the iOS early releases for an iOS 14 hands-on. Here's what we've learned about iOS 14, including new features, release dates and what it says about what Apple may have in store for the iPhone 12.

iOS 14 release date

We don't have a politician iOS 14 release date for the final version yet — Apple keeps that information pretty close to the vest. But going by past iOS releases, you'll expect a final version of iOS 14 to arrive sometime in the fall, about the same time that Apple takes the wraps off its new iPhones.

Normally, you'll guess early to mid-September for that date and be pretty accurate, but things are up within the air with the iPhone 12 launch. This fall's iPhone release is rumored to be delayed. The more optimistic analysts expect Apple to keep off the iPhone 12 launch for a few weeks, while some believe the delay could mean a November release for the new iPhones. Any change to the iPhone 12 rollout will likely impact once we get a final release for iOS 14.

iOS 14 iPhone compatibility

Apple is usually generous with which devices can run its latest software, which continues with iOS 14. If your current iPhone runs iOS 13, you will be ready to upgrade to the new OS, with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s touch and therefore the original iPhone SE all ready to support iOS 14. that means devices released as way back because the fall of 2015 are going to be ready to upgrade come the autumn (or sooner, if you are a beta tester). And in fact, iOS 14 will run the iPhone 12 also.

In addition to all or any iPhone models since the iPhone 6s, iOS 14 works on the seventh-generation iPod touch. As for the iPad, Apple's tablet has had an OS of its own since last year, even though iPadOS and iOS share many features. The iPad's 14 beta is additionally available now, with a final version also slated for the fall.

iOS 14 features

iOS 14's New Look may be the foremost noticeable change, but it is from the only new feature you will find on your iPhone this fall. Enhancements in iOS 14 span everything from a faster, lighter thanks to quickly access apps for short-time use, to a powerful new translation tool, picture-in-picture video, new information relevant for cycling in Maps and far more.

Here's a deeper dive into all of iOS 14's new capabilities and style tweaks.

iOS 14: Home screen and widgets

By far the foremost revolutionary change with iOS 14 is what Apple has done to the house screen. a new App Library page is iOS' combat Android's app drawer, except it intelligently groups apps based on category. Widgets can be resized and lifted out of their page onto normal pages right alongside apps on the house screen.

These widgets are much more extensive than anything Apple has ever put into a previous iOS edition. The weather widget can be resized, for instance, to take up four columns or two, and each change in size dynamically adds more information, like a week-long forecast. Apple added a Clock widget within the July 23 public beta release.

iOS 14: Privacy features

 For instance, all apps are now required to get user permission before tracking them. Apple also says that App Store product pages will feature summaries of developers' self-reported privacy practices in an easy-to-understand format.

Users are going to be ready to upgrade their existing accounts to check in with Apple to better protect their privacy. you'll also prefer to share your approximate location instead of your precise location when asked for access.

iOS 14: security features

iOS 14 promises a variety of security upgrades, with one of the more interesting features based in Safari. According to Apple, Safari monitors saved passwords with an eye fixed toward any which will be involved during a data breach. Specifically, Safari is using cryptographic techniques to check derivations of stored passwords against an inventory of compromised passwords — Apple promises that this is done securely, without revealing your password info.

Safari also adds built-in tools that flag if you're creating a password that's too easy to guess. That feature is a component of iOS 14's iCloud Keychain, therefore the days of you typing in "12345" as a makeshift password are over.

iOS 14: Other helpful features

There are tons of other changes in iOS 14 which will have escaped your notice. (We check out a number of the highest hidden iOS 14 features Apple didn't devote much time to during its WWDC keynote.)

Default apps: uninterested in using Safari and Mail as your default browser and email apps? In iOS 14, you will be ready to designate third-party apps as your defaults for the primary time, so that links to open your browser won't automatically point you toward the Apple versions you do not want to use. Unfortunately, this only applies to the browser and email.

Back Tap: Back Tap may be a new accessibility feature in iOS 14 that allows you to double-tap or triple-tap the rear of your iPhone to perform various tasks or shortcuts. you'll do everything from taking screenshots and launch specific apps to even turning on all the lights in your house.

Camera improvements: Apple promises that phones running iOS 14 will have a faster time to not only the first shot but also shot-to-shot performance. The Camera app adds an exposure compensation control to lock an exposure value while also locking camera specialise in specific shots.

Photos app captions and other features: iOS 14 finally lets iPhone users add captions to photos, so you do not need to sync your images with a Mac or PC first. The Photos app also has a new filter and type options.

New AirPods features: iOS 14 includes a big update if you have a pair of Apple's AirPods Pro. The new OS adds support for spatial audio, which may recreate a movie's sound experience in your ears. regardless of whether you own the professional version of AirPods or not, iOS 14 supports automatic switching so that once you finish a turn on your iPhone and attend a movie on another Apple device, you will be ready to switch your AirPods connection seamlessly.

Streamlined call alerts: Getting a ring? instead of overtaking your entire iPhone's display, because it does now, incoming calls are going to be conveyed like alerts, at the very top, if you happen to receive a call while doing something else. It's lighter, less intrusive and easily makes more sense.

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