Last month Apple announced iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and more. The tech giant has now rolled out the public beta versions of iOS 14, iPadOS 14 for users today. This version is now available for users who want to try out the latest iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 beta updates. Though, one has to keep in mind that they are beta updates and have few bugs.
The final version of this update will be coming out later this year for all users with compatible iPhone and iPads.
How to download iOS 14, iPadOS 14 first public beta
You will first need to enroll in the Apple Beta Software Program. To enroll you will need to enter your Apple ID. After enrolling head over to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone/ iPad. Then download the update.
Since this is a beta update, one should try this on their secondary devices rather than primary. This is because beta updates come with bugs and few issues. The final release later this year will come with the fix.
iOS 14 public beta 1 features
Apple’s new update in the iOS 14 includes a redesigned interface that lets the app library view to group multiple apps in one single screen. It also lets you add widgets to the home screen pages. Moreover, you can create a Smart Stack of widgets that uses an on-device algorithm to surface widgets based on time, location, and activity. An upgraded Siri, Memoji and a change in incoming calls covering the whole screen to just come at the top side. There is also Picture-in-Picture (PiP) support and an updated Messages app with an enhanced experience for group messages. There is so much more like updated Apple Maps and Safari.
iPadOS 14 public beta 1 features
For iPad users, the first public beta of iPadOS 14 brings sidebars and toolbars for apps, new Apple Pencil features, and ARKit 4 support for an enhanced augmented reality (AR) experience. There are also compact designs for FaceTime and Siri. Additionally, you’re provided with a universal search experience.
There are updates for Messages, Apple Maps, and Safari that all are preloaded on the new iPadOS version. There are also redesigned widgets — along with the Smart Stack of widgets feature. Similarly, Apple has provided new accessibility features, including Headphone Accommodations and sign language support in Group FaceTime, among others.
Thursday’s public beta builds are generally expected to include the vast majority of functions and features that appear in the developer versions but are generally believed to be more stable and resilient for use by the public.
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