The public beta versions of the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are rolling out today, and they come with a plethora of new features, as well as the most major changes to the Apple operating system’s Home screen we’re seen in years.
This will be the first chance for anyone who has not signed for the Apple developer program to try out the new iOS, which we expect to have access to in its final form at the end of this summer.
What the New Operating Systems Bring
The usual warning about beta releases apply again, as it is possible you’ll encounter bugs or glitches that the tech giant is still working on to address, so if that is going to be a big no-no for you, ensure your smartphone is backed up, use an old device or simply wait for the final version of the OS to launch.
The most noticeable thing about iOS 14 is that Apple has redesigned its Home screen. You can now add and customize different widgets besides apps, and there’s also a new ‘App Library’ option that automatically organizes your applications into groups and lists. This new addition is very similar to Android‘s app drawer.
Siri has also received a revamp for both systems. It now has a new icon that will appear at the bottom of the iOS interface, rather than occupying all the screen, and is now able to send audio messages, rather than just dictated text messages as it currently can.
There are more other types of improvements to make the system easier to use for people with disabilities, such as a sound-recognition feature which can be used to listen for various sounds, including sirens, doorbells, and so on, and notify you if it hears them.
Changes in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14
In addition, Apple is adding system-wide picture-in-picture functions to iOS videos and FaceTime calls. It also brings a new ‘App Clip’ option that will enable users to install a snippet version of an application if you only need to use some of its functions. You can also set third-party email services and browsers rather than using the default one that comes pre-installed (Safari).
Moreover, there’s a new Translate app that resembles Google Translate, and some new features in Messages, such as Memojis with face masks and support for threaded conversations in group chats, as well as a call recording function. Also, the Maps application is providing cycling directions and routing functions for electric vehicles.
The Home app now allows facial recognition for Homekit-enabled security cameras, as well as adaptive lighting for smart bulbs. Safari is receiving a version of Chrome‘s password alert function, but there’s some more different stuff that depends on what is most important to you according to how you use your smartphone.
iPadOS doesn’t have a lot of major changes, but it mostly focuses on refining the user experience and enhancing the app designs for a large display. Some applications, including Photos and Music, have new sidebars, and the Calendar provides more controls at the top of the display.
Apple has also implemented a new search engine called Universal Search to find apps, contacts, or documents. In addition, a new feature named Scribble will convert handwriting done with the Apple Pencil into typed text.
iPadOS also comes with some features available in iOS 14, such as third-party default apps, groups in iMessage, and cycling directions in the Maps application.