Apple didn't give any explicit date of when the new release would come, only mentioning "this fall", but the updates have run on a fairly predictable schedule of coming out just before the new handset. As such, it will almost certainly arrive in mid-September.
The new features, announced at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, heavily focus on organizing, discovering and accessing apps. For example, Apple introduced a new feature called App Library, which automatically organizes the apps on your homescreen so you don't have to scroll through several pages.
First Apple took on credit cards, now Apple wants to replace your car keys. It teased a new tool that will allow people to use an iPhone or Apple Watch to unlock and start their car. Initially, it will only be available with the new 2021 BMW 5 series.
The next generation of the technology will let users unlock cars without taking their iPhone out of their pocket. It is expected to be available next year.
AirPods are getting an update, too. Apple's popular wireless earbuds will more seamlessly switch between devices and audio. For example, users can finish an audiobook and then pick up their iPad to watch a TV show. When someone calls, the audio will automatically switch to the call.
The new Translate app can translate text and audio in 11 different languages, including English, Spanish, French and Mandarin.
The app can translate in real time when two people are speaking different languages to an iPhone.
Here's a list of iOS 14-compatible iPhones:
iPhone 6s & 6s Plus
iPhone SE (2016)
iPhone 7 & 7 Plus
iPhone 8 & 8 Plus
iPhone XS & XS Max
iPhone 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max
iPhone SE (2020).
Apple is talking up Siri's capabilities - the voice control assistant has generally lagged behind rival offerings, but the company says it's made a lot of progress for iOS 14.
For a start, it's been visually redesigned. There's new graphics, and a different interface that pops up Siri results in a neat little box at the top of the screen.
That's most of the changes that Apple announced for iOS 14, but there's a few more tweaks that we wanted to mention.
First of all, there's a change to the 'Call incoming' interface graphics. This no longer takes over the entire screen, but is instead confined to a small box at the top.
iOS 14 will allow you to set third-party email and browser apps as the defaults on your iPhone, something that users have been requesting for years. It's big news, but for some reason Apple kept it pretty quiet.
And the Activity app so beloved of Apple Watch owners? That's being rebranded as Fitness.
Apple’s new iOS 14 mobile operating system (review) is already available for installation as a test version of iOS 14 beta download.
You must understand that despite the general access, iOS 14 beta is intended for developers, and its installation is recommended exclusively for test devices. Most users should not download iOS 14 beta to their main gadget, but rather wait for the public beta to be released, which is likely to be released in July.
1. Open the Safari browser on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and follow this link.
2. Click on the Download button on the banner that says iOS 14 + iPadOS to download the beta profile.
3. In the pop-up window that appears, click “Allow”.
4. Launch the Settings app, go to the General menu → Profile, select the downloaded iOS 14 & iPadOS 14 Beta Software Profile, and click the Install button in the upper right corner.
5. This action allows you to install the iOS 14 beta profile for developers, which in turn will allow you to upgrade your iPhone or iPad to the new iOS 14 beta.
6. Enter the password code and confirm the beta profile setting two more times.
7. Click Restart. After the reboot, open the Settings app again, go to the “General” → “Software Update” path and click the Download and Install iOS 14 button.
Installing iOS 14 beta will start automatically immediately after downloading to the device.