Apple introduced iOS 14 back in June, and it’s full of new features. The long wait before it is released must be worn by many iPhone users. But Apple is almost fully developed, to the point where the latest iOS 14 beta is almost as stable as the final version will be. Anyone who is tired of waiting would be relatively safe to install it.
The same goes for iPadOS 14.
What’s new in iOS 14
iPhones are about to make the biggest change to the home screen since 2007: widgets. These provide quick access to useful information and can be placed anywhere on the home screen.
And iOS 14 brings the new app library, which automatically organizes every app on the iPhone into folders. In addition, there is video-in-picture, a built-in language translator and more.
4 also gets improvements
Apple added widgets to the home screen of the iPad last year, along with many other changes to the iPadOS 13, such as mouse support. The changes were dramatic, but that means there is less to offer tablet users in iPadOS 14.
Still, the upcoming version has a lot to offer fans of the Apple Pencil. With Scribble, a pen can be used to enter text simply by typing words in any text box. And there are also better drawing tools.
The latest versions show that the final versions are almost here
Extensive testing of the latest iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 beta shows that they are almost no different from the final versions. All the promised features have been in place for several months, and Apple has been hunting for almost all the bugs.
The testing was performed on an iPhone 11 and an iPad Pro 2020. Apart from the occasional application crash, it would be difficult to tell that these are not full version versions.
That said, iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are still in beta. It’s still wrong, and one of them may come out to bite you. Install with care. And do not say that you were not warned.
But the release itself is not that far away. We know this because the version number for the latest beta versions is 18A5373a. What is important is that it ends with an “a.” Over the years, as we went through previous iOS beta versions, the version that ended with the letter was generally the last before the Golden Master. And if it was not the last, it was the second last.
Which means the final version is coming very soon. The Apple event in September is scheduled for September 15, and there is a good chance that the full, official versions of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 will be introduced in the days shortly thereafter.
Sign up for the Apple Beta software
But anyone who just can’t wait any longer can sign up to try pre-release versions of Apple operating systems today. All you have to do is join the free Beta software. Do not be intimidated – it’s easy. Visit the official website, click the Register button and sign in with your Apple ID.
For more information, do not miss Cult of Mac guide on how to sign up for iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and watchOS 7 public beta versions. It takes you through the process.