Apple today sent the fourth beta of the upcoming iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates to developers for testing, two weeks after the third beta was released and more than a month after the new software was released on the WWDC keynote.
Registered developers can download the betas wirelessly after installing the correct profile from the Apple Developer Center.
“IOS 14” introduces a newly designed start screen that supports widgets on the iPhone for the first time. In addition, “Widgets” have been redesigned and can now be adjusted in three sizes via the new “Widgets” gallery.
In an app library, all apps installed on an “iPhone” are displayed in one place, both in an icon view and in an alphabetical list. With all apps in the app library, app icons and “home screen” pages can be hidden for a clearer appearance.
Incoming calls and FaceTime calls no longer take up the entire “iPhone” / iPad display, and Siri requests have also been minimized so that calling “Siri” does not monopolize the screen. “Siri” is smarter in “iOS 14” and can send audio messages, and the dictation can now be performed on the device. With an image in image mode, users can watch videos or use FaceTime while using other apps.
With app clips, users can use some app features without having to download a full app. This is useful for quick promotions such as buying a coffee, reserving a restaurant, or renting a scooter, where downloading an entire app would be tedious. App clips can be scanned using QR codes, NFC tags, or Apple-designed app clip codes. They can also be shared in messages or accessed through Safari.
In the messaging app, you can now pin important conversations, use @mentions in group chats, and use inline replies to better organize the conversation with multiple people. There are new Memoji options and group chats can be assigned symbols with photos, emoji or memoji.
The health app supports the new sleep tracking function of the Apple Watch and there is a health checklist for managing health settings. In the weather app you will find more information about rainfall and severe weather events.
Bicycle instructions can be found in the Maps app with instructions that include the height, traffic load of a street and stairs. For those who own electric vehicles, there are options for routes with charging stations for electric vehicles.
With digital car keys, an “iPhone” can be used instead of a physical key, a feature that will soon be available for BMWs, and with CarPlay, users can now set background images.
A new translation app offers text and language translations into and from 11 languages, and there are countless new data protection regulations. Developers must obtain user permission before they can access devices on a local network, restrict access to photos, and apps can provide approximate locations instead of precise locations.
Safari has a privacy report that lets you know which websites have trackers, and the home screen has new icons to let you know when an app is using a camera or microphone. Third-party browser and email apps can be set as the default for the first time, and Apple has added new AirPods features.
As far as the “iPad” is concerned, the Apple Pencil can now be used in any text field, whereby handwritten text is automatically converted into entered text thanks to the new scribble function.
There are many other functions in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. So be sure to check out our iOS 14 summary and our iPadOS 14 summary for a full list of all new features. We also highlight any new feature changes and changes that have been introduced with each beta iteration. The changes to Beta 2 and Beta 3 can be found in our articles on Beta 2 and Beta 3.
Beta 3 brought 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 much more.
After downloading the update and finding out what’s new, we’ll publish a separate article with the changes in Beta 4.
iOS and “iPadOS 14” are currently available to registered developers and public beta testers. The beta test for “iOS 14” will take a few months. The update is expected to be released in autumn.