Apple today released the second public beta for upcoming iOS and iPadOS 14 updates for its public beta test group, two weeks after Apple released the first beta tests for iOS and iPadOS 14 for public beta testers. The second public beta corresponds to the third developer beta released yesterday.
Public beta testers who signed up for Apple’s beta testing program can wirelessly download the iOS / iPadOS® 14 updates after installing the appropriate certificate from the public beta website on an iOS device. For instructions, see our instructions. The updates should not be installed on primary devices as this is beta software and can have serious errors.
iOS 14 brings changes to the home screen, including widget support. Widgets can now be placed right next to your apps. With a focus on widgets, Apple has introduced new “widgets” from standard apps and enables them to be customized in three sizes.
You can place “widgets” anywhere on any app page, and new “widgets” can be found in the widget gallery. Along with “Widgets”, Apple has launched an app library, a user interface that displays all the apps on your iPhone both in smart folders that are created automatically and in an alphabetical list.
With the app library, which provides access to all your apps, you can now hide entire app pages from your “iPhone” to avoid a crowded start screen.
Apple has been working to make the user interface of the “iPhone” more compact. Incoming calls and Siri requests no longer take up the entire screen and are instead displayed in a banner style, a function that is also available on “iPadOS”.
There is a picture in picture mode that allows you to watch videos or use FaceTime while doing something else on the “iPhone”. The messaging app has new features that focus on group conversations such as pinned conversations, mentions, and inline replies.
With a new app clips feature, you can use small, bite-sized parts of an app without having to download the entire app. This is useful when you need an app to buy coffee, rent a scooter, or reserve a restaurant. App clips work with Apple-designed app clip codes, NFC tags or QR codes and can also be shared in messages or through Safari.
The Health app supports the sleep tracking function added in watchOS 7, and the “iPhone” supports the functions Sleep Mode and Wind Down, with which you can sleep better. There’s also a new health checklist that makes it easier to manage health and safety features like emergency SOS, fall detection, and medical ID.
The weather app now provides information on severe weather events and precipitation measurements from minute to minute (only in the USA). The Maps app supports cycling directions for the first time, so cyclists can plan routes with information such as busy roads, elevation changes, stairs, and more. With Maps, owners of electric vehicles can now also plan routes with charging stations for electric vehicles.
The home app is more intelligent with automation suggestions and an adaptive lighting function with which HomeKit lights can adjust their color temperature all day long. There are also new functions for “HomeKit” security cameras.
A new translation app developed by Apple offers text and language translations in and from 11 languages. With one device mode, translations can be performed entirely on your phone.
Countless new data protection functions have been added to iOS and “iPadOS 14”. Apps need permission before they can access devices on a local network. You will be notified when an app accesses the clipboard. There are small icons in the status bar on the home screen when an app is using the camera or microphone.
There are also new options to restrict access to selected photos and to provide apps with an approximate location instead of an exact location for better privacy protection. Safari has a privacy report that shows which tracker websites are used. In the future, the App Store will include a summary of developers’ privacy practices in an easy-to-read format.
AirPods can now switch between devices seamlessly and automatically, and AirPods Pro gets a new spatial audio feature for surround sound with dynamic head tracking.
As for “iPadOS 14”, it contains most of the new “iOS 14” updates, minus the “home screen” redesign. The biggest change is the new scribble feature, which allows you to use Apple Pencil to write in any text field, converting the written text into typed text.
Scribble works across the operating system, so you can use Apple Pencil for Safari searches, add new items to calendars and reminders, send messages, create handwriting in the Notes app, and more.
The beta 3 update for developers included a new red music icon, changes to the design of the music library in the music app, a clock widget, an updated screen time widget, and more. You can find details in our Beta 3 delicacy article.
You can find more information on all the new features in iOS and “iPadOS 14” in our summaries for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, in which all new functions are described in detail.