Apple has launched iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 beta testing to the public. Anyone can download and get a preview of the features of this new version of the operating system, without having a $99 developer account. As with any beta version, there are bound to be bugs and issues that need to be fixed before the final release that is going to be sometime later this fall.
iOS 14 brings a fresh look to the home page, making it easier than ever. New features and the apps you use are intelligent, more personal, and more private.
Here are some of the major new features of iOS 14:
Widgets – Now you can add widgets to the iPhone home screen any way you want – size and arrangement. Widgets have a completely new design that works across iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. You can create smart stacks of widgets wherein you can arrange the widget based on the apps you use most, and see the right widget automatically at the right time in your day
App Library – The new App Library feature helps you organize all your apps into one simple, easy‑to‑navigate view. The app icons are categorized and your most used apps are always on top. You can run App clips, the mini apps that you can run without installing anything.
Picture in Picture – You can be on a call or watching videos while using another app.
There are new features for Messages, a new Translate App designed for conversations across 11 different languages, Apple Maps with cycling directions, and many other improvements across the OS.
A word of caution though – don’t download iOS beta on your primary iPhone or iPad – some apps and features may not work and in some cases, you may lose data on iCloud.