IOS 14 public beta now available: Here's how to download

Ruben Fields
July 11, 2020

Once you're happy with the selection, tap Done and you're good to go. As expected, there are a bunch of new features and changes that the next operating systems for the iPhone and the iPad will bring-there is expanded widget support, App Library, iMessage and Facetime video call app enhancements, visual updates, performance tweaks, new features and privacy enhancements included. (I went from seven-plus pages of crap to two pages that aren't even full.) The only thing better than the App Library would be if Apple gave you a quick toggle to arrange all of your apps across your pages alphabetically or by most recently used.

Because it's not the final build, Apple advises that users should not download the iOS 14 beta on their primary smartphone.

Installing the public beta isn't hard, but there are a few caveats you should be aware of. It also allows users to hide apps on their "main" home screen to reduce clutter.

All of the windows are shown in a landscape orientation on the ‌iPhone‌'s Home Screen with the exception of ‌FaceTime‌, which is shown in portrait mode.

Once that's done, go to Settings General Software Update.

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You'll find the new App Library page to the right of the last page that now holds apps. Third-party apps can take advantage of the developer API to add support for this feature.

Tapping any page will disable it, meaning it no longer appears when you're swiping through pages in the normal mode. When you receive a call, it appears as a banner instead of taking over the entire screen. This includes launching the Google Assistant, in case you're sick of using Siri (or want cross-platform compatibility in your mixed Android and iOS house). Also, when an app is using the iPhone's mic or camera, iOS 14 will display an indicator in the app and in the Control Centre. We have already seen a list of popular apps caught snooping on iOS clipboard.

tvOS 14 is coming down the line, though Apple has yet to say anything about it.

Before you proceed, do note that iOS 14 beta is a pre-released software and this means that it could contain bugs or issues which might affect your user experience.

Scribble anywhere using your Apple Pencil. iPad OS 14 also converts your handwriting into text, which can be copied and pasted on different apps. There are some editing gestures like, for example, circle a word to select it, or touch and hold between words to add space with your Apple Pencil.

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