Apple releases iOS 14 public beta for users to test prior to the official fall launch – but it can be riddled with bugs
- Apple unveiled its iOS 14 on June 22 at the Worldwide Developers Conference
- On Thursday, the company released the first public beta of its new iOS 14 for users to test
- This allows users to report bugs in the software that Apple can fix
- The new iOS 14 will be officially launched in the fall, probably in September
Apple released the first public beta of its new iOS 14 on Thursday, which will allow users to preview the new features ahead of the fall rollout.
Far from being polished, this version allows users to browse for bugs that may have gone unnoticed prior to its official launch in September.
Downloading the new operating system gives you a newly designed home screen, widget gallery and app clips for the first time, along with a new Siri interface.
Those who regret taking the chance will have to wipe and restore your smartphone, but you can restore anything stored on the device.
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Apple released the first public beta of its new iOS 14 on Thursday, which will allow users to preview the new features ahead of the fall rollout. Far from being polished, this version allows users to browse for bugs that may have gone unnoticed prior to the official launch in September
Apple unveiled its iOS 14 on June 22 at its first digital Worldwide Developers Conference.
The transition to a digital phase was due to the coronavirus pandemic that forced hundreds of events to be canceled or hosted online.
The tech giant will usually launch the new operating system in September, but will also offer a public beta a few months earlier.
This will allow the average user to try it out, search for bugs and report them to Apple, who will hopefully fix them before it comes to the masses.
Downloading the new operating system will give you a redesigned home screen, widget gallery and app library (shown) for the first time, along with a new Siri interface
Since it is full of numerous bugs, users regret grabbing the opportunity, but not all is lost – you can restore your device to the previous version.
Users must erase the iPhone or iPad and connect to iTunes on a computer.
Select your iPhone from the left sidebar and ‘Restore iPhone’ should appear.
However, your device needs to be backed up before you erase it to restore photos, videos, text messages, phone numbers and everything else you saved.
For those going through the bugs, you will experience a redesigned home screen with an app library that allows users to more easily access their apps without having to scroll through endless pages.
However, those who regret taking the chance should wipe and restore your smartphone. Shown is an example of Apple’s new widget layout on the redesigned home screen. It allows users to view features like the weather app without having to open them
The feature also automatically organizes apps based on grouping similar apps – for example, it pulls Apple Arcade games to one clickable button. It also allows users to hide apps on their ‘main’ home screen to reduce clutter.
Widgets appear on the home screen, and Apple introduces a system-wide picture-in-picture feature for iOS videos.
As with macOS, the feature overlays videos over other apps so users can keep watching while texting or doing other tasks.
Apple has also redesigned its voice assistant, Siri, to make it less invasive when activated.
Instead of filling the screen with the Siri interface, a new design will cover a small bubble at the bottom of the screen to let you know Siri is working.
Siri can also send voice messages for the first time. Users can activate Siri and then dictate the message in the same screen.