Apple Seeds Second Betas of iOS and iPadOS 14 to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of iOS 14 to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the first beta following the WWDC keynote.

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Registered developers can download the beta over the air after installing the proper profile from the Apple Developer Center.

‌iOS 14‌ introduces a redesigned Home Screen that supports widgets for the first time, plus ‌widgets‌ have been redesigned and can now be customized in three sizes through the new ‌widgets‌ gallery.

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An App Library shows all of the apps installed on an iPhone in one place, both in an icon view and in an alphabetical list. With all of the apps in the App Library, app icons and ‌Home Screen‌ pages can be hidden for a cleaner look.

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Incoming phone calls and FaceTime calls no longer take up the entire ‌iPhone‌/iPad display, and Siri requests have also been minimized so summoning ‌Siri‌ doesn't monopolize the screen. ‌Siri‌ is smarter in ‌iOS 14‌ and can send audio messages, and dictation can now run on device.

A Picture in Picture mode allows users to watch videos or use ‌FaceTime‌ while using other apps,

App Clips lets users take advantage of some app features without needing to download a full app, useful for quick actions like purchasing a coffee, making a restaurant reservation, or renting a scooter, where downloading an entire app would be a hassle. App Clips can be scanned from QR codes, NFC tags, or Apple-designed App Clip Codes, plus they can be shared in Messages or accessed from Safari.

In the Messages app you can now pin important conversations, use @mentions in group chats, and take advantage of inline replies to keep multi-person conversations better organized. There are new Memoji options and group chats can be assigned icons with photos, emoji, or Memoji.

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The Health app supports the Apple Watch's new Sleep Tracking feature and there's a Health Checklist for managing health settings, and in the Weather app, there's more info on precipitation and severe weather events.

Cycling directions are available in the Maps app with directions incorporating elevation, how busy a street is, and stairs, plus for those who own electric vehicles, there are options for routes with EV charging stops.

Digital Car Keys let an ‌iPhone‌ be used in lieu of a physical key, a feature that's coming soon to BMWs, and CarPlay now lets users set wallpapers.

A new translate app provides text and voice translations to and from 11 languages, and there are tons of new privacy protections. Developers need to get user permission before accessing devices on a local network, limiting access to photos, and providing apps with approximate locations instead of exact locations.

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Safari has a Privacy Report that lets you know which websites have trackers, and there are new icons on the Home screen that let you know when an app is using a camera or microphone. Third-party browser and mail apps can be set as default for the first time, and Apple added new AirPods capabilities.

For the ‌iPad‌, the Apple Pencil can now be used in any text field, with handwritten text converted automatically to typed text thanks to the new Scribble feature.

There are tons more features in ‌iOS 14‌ and iPadOS 14, so make sure to check out our iOS 14 roundup and our iPadOS 14 roundup for a full list of everything new. We'll also be highlighting all of the features tweaks and changes made in beta 2 in a separate article that's coming soon.

Only registered developers can download the iOS and ‌‌iPadOS 14‌‌ betas at this time, but Apple plans to provide a public beta for public beta testers in July. Beta testing for ‌‌iOS 14‌‌ will last for several months, with the update set to be released in September 2020.

Related Roundups: iOS 14, iPadOS 14

Top Rated Comments

bjoswald Avatar
10 months ago
Bring on the public beta!
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Cybertruck20 Avatar
10 months ago

Can i use it as my daily driver?
I'm a risk-taker and I have it on my daily driver phone and iPad. No major bugs that hinder me from doing what I need to do, but that doesn't mean beta 2, 3, 4, etc. won't introduce a curveball and change all that. Every beta can bring new issues. I don't recommend unless you are okay with the possibility of having to wipe a reinstall 13 at some point if it gets too bad for you.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chucker23n1 Avatar
10 months ago

one week after seeding the first beta ('https://www.macrumors.com/2020/06/22/apple-seeds-ios-14-beta-1-to-developers/') following the WWDC keynote.
Well, two weeks and one day.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
C DM Avatar
10 months ago

Would love to know what the new features/bug fixes are instead of another "Here is iOS 14" articles!
Often that isn't really known until people install the update and discover what's new, at which point the articles get updated or new ones might appear covering those details.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Steve J0bs Avatar
10 months ago

Can i use it as my daily driver?
Yes, it is quite stable for a beta. I haven't had any issues with apps, even those listed in the forums about apps that won't launch
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
C DM Avatar
10 months ago

Can i use it as my daily driver?
Someone would actually have to use it for some time to have some decent idea of something like that.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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