iOS 14 new features explained

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The iOS 14 release date can’t come soon enough, as Apple is introducing a host of new, long-overdue changes coming to your iPhone in 2020.

New iOS 14 features include widgets finally coming to the home screen to break up that stagnant app tile look, picture-in-picture so you can watch videos in the screen corner while doing other tasks, and digital keys to unlock your car with an iPhone.

No, Apple didn’t unveil the iPhone 12 at WWDC. But this is operating system did give us insight as to where the company is headed with the new iPhone, and it’s the software that you’ll experience when unboxing the iPhone 12 later this year.

Developers won’t have to wait, of course. They can already get the iOS 14 beta, with a public beta for consumers scheduled to launch in July. We have the iOS 14 release date details below as well as the iOS 14 compatibility list.

00:21 – Apple WWDC 2020
01:22 – App Library
04:08 – Widgets
08:47 – Picture and Picture
12:00 – Siri updates
15:41 – Messages updates
18:08 – CarPlay
22:48 – Apple Maps improvements
26:02 – App Clips
28:10 – iOS 14 Release dates

Cut to the chase
What is iOS 14?
Apple’s next big iPhone update
When is iOS 14 out?
Just unveiled, final version likely lands in September
How much will iOS 14 cost?
Absolutely nothing. It’s free.

iOS 14 release date and beta schedule
Developer beta: June 22, the day of WWDC 2020
Public beta: Sometime in July, according to Apple
Final version: Likely in September, timed with the iPhone 12 launch

Apple didn’t confirm the iOS 14 release date, but if previous years are anything to go by you won’t be able to download the final software until September this year.

You can, however, download a iOS 14 beta meant for developers today (but you’ll need a paid developer account) and a public beta is set to launch in July. That will likely be the first opportunity for you to test it.

Whether you want to use the public beta on your phone will come down to whether you’re okay with experiencing potential software problems in the coming months. Public betas of software can often be temperamental, so you may want to wait until September for the final version.

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