Apple is bringing a lot of changes with the new iOS 14, and we couldn’t be more excited. The company announced it will once again allow non-developers to install the iOS 14 before it’s official release through the beta program. No date was actually pronounced back then, but it is officially here.
Here’s what’s new about the iOS 14 and what will get modified:
- Home screen widgets
- App library
- App Clips
- Smart home controls
iOS 14 home screen widgets
Proper widgets are debuting to your iPhone for the first time with the new iOS 14. The widgets will come in different sizes, and they will look like they’re far more attractive than seen in the previous version.
Apple even claimed that these are more “data-rich”, and it makes sense once you see them. Apple says it has learned from the way widgets are used in the Apple Watch, and wanted to bring that same kind of functionality across to the iPhone.
You can now pick different sizes – though not yet confirmed. Additionally, they can now be used on your home screens, as well as in the Today view on your phone.
There’s a particular Widget Gallery where you can find these modifications on your phone. Which apps will get widgets and which not is still not clear, but we’ve seen marketing materials from Apple that include these apps:
- Apple News
The App Library on the new iOS 14
A new feature will be launched with the iOS 14 too – “The App Library”.
This is a better way of organizing all your apps, and it files different services away without you having to do it manually. All your social apps, for example, will appear in one folder without you having to drag them manually. One of the options seen on the WWDC live stream included al your Apple Arcade games in one folder.
This should work automatically as soon as you install the new update, and will only appear at the end of your home screen.
Additionally, you can now hide specific apps that you don’t want to appear on your home screens – they’ll appear in the App Library instead. Have a secret app that you don’t want anybody to see? Hide them and you’ll still be able to use them in the App Library later.
Lastly, the interface when you receive calls is said to be changed. Instead of taking up the whole screen (the second worst thing after the volume that used to take the better part of the screen), the notification will simply appear at the top of the screen.
This means that you can answer the phone easily, but also ignore it easily and keep on using your phone as normal.
Picture-in-picture will be introduced on the new iOS 14
Another new update added better picture-in-picture functionality. It should allow you to keep watching the video at the same time as using other apps. Got a message on your phone while you’re in the middle of a TV show? Now you can reply without it stopping.
Here’s how it will look like:
How to get iOS 14 beta?
Checked the “Software update” and nothing showed up? Here’s the solution.
Apple limits the first couple of preview releases to developers with every new release because it’s always buggy at the beginning. Some apps just won’t work, the battery life is guaranteed to take a hit, and there will be countless restarts and crashes. It’s really a part of the process of getting an OS ready.
That’s why you should never install a beta version on your daily device. Rather, use a spare device if you have one – if not, you should wait for the final release. The close we get to the official release, the more reliable the experience will be. Usually, it’s the beta four or five when things are the most stable.
In order to get the iOS 14 beta, you have to Sign Up at the Apple Beta Software Program. You’ll see the blue button that says “Sign up” and just follow the rest of the process. Then, you can install the beta version and try it out.
Again, can’t stress this enough, don’t use your everyday device – it’s guaranteed to be buggy.
How to install the new iOS 14?
The first thing you’ll need is a paid Apple developer account in order to gain access to the first beta releases. It costs some $99/year, and you’ll have access to publishing apps in the App Store and test beta versions throughout the year.
However, if you already have a paid account, go to this page. Just so you know, this year there’s an over-the-air profile that streamlines the installation process.
Or, you can download it and install the update manually.
Which devices are supported in the iOS 14?
Pretty much all the iPhone and iPad models that were supported in iOS 13.
To sum app the devices that are supported in the iOS 14:
- iPhone 6S or newer
- iPad Air 2 or newer
- Every iPad Pro model
- iPad fifth generation or newer
- iPad Mini or newer
Here’s the complete list of the devices supported in the iOS 14 if you’re curious: