What's New in iOS 14 Beta 5: Bigger Apple News Widget, Alarm Clock Wheel, Hidden Photo Album Changes and More

Apple today released the fifth developer betas of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 for testing purposes, updating and refining some of the new features that are included in the new software.

As the beta testing period goes on, changes get smaller and less notable, but we've highlighted the few new features that can be found in ‌iOS 14‌ beta 5.

- Apple News Widget - The Apple News widget has a new option for a taller widget window that provides more space to display additional news stories. The size of the widget prevents it from being used on the Home Screen.


- Widget Privacy - For apps that use location, there's now a popup that asks if you want to allow widgets for those apps to also use your location data. Widgets can use location data for up to 15 minutes when activated, and the Location Services Privacy settings for apps now mention ‌widgets‌.


- Alarm Clock Wheel - When setting an alarm in the Clock app, you can now use a finger to swipe through the clock wheel to set the time rather than having to type it in. It's much smaller than the wheel in iOS 13.6, and there's still an option to type a time.


- Exposure Notifications - The interface for Exposure Notifications has changed in ‌iOS 14‌ beta 5. Tapping on "Turn on Exposure Notifications" brings up an option to choose a country, region, or state, and it will let you know if an Exposure Notification app is available for your area. This interface is different from the iOS 13.6 interface and the interface available in ‌iOS 14‌ beta 4.


- Hidden Photo Albums - There's a new Hidden Album setting in photos that when turned on, causes the Hidden album in Photos to be hidden from the Albums list. The Hidden album remains available in the image picker.


- HomeKit Control Center - HomeKit favorites in Control Center now feature smaller tiles and smarter organization that provides access to more shortcuts at a tap.


- Widget Fixes - The Weather widget is fixed and updates at more appropriate intervals, and ‌widgets‌ are now blocked for Screen Time when a parent app is blocked.

- Battery Charge - In the Settings app under Battery, the Last Charge Level section has been tweaked a bit. Rather than displaying the last charge level over to the right of the interface, it's now displayed with the Last Charged wording to make it easier to see at a glance.


- Spatial Audio Video - In the ‌iOS 14‌ beta 5 code, there's a visualization of how the spatial audio feature for the AirPods Pro works. It's not clear where this video will be shown (perhaps in setup) and though the video is available, spatial audio has not yet been enabled.


Know of any other changes in ‌iOS 14‌ beta 5 that we didn't list here? Let us know in the comments and we'll add them.

Related Roundups: iOS 14, iPadOS 14

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9 weeks ago
Two small but useful features that I have been waiting for from Apple for years:

1- Pinned Number row on top of the keyboard. (Faster since no need to change back and forth between numbers and letters).

2- Private Photo Album secured by Face-ID/Password to hide most sensitive photos. (Currently millions rely on 3rd party apps for a small feature that could be easily built in the default Photos apps by Apple).

Please Like if you agree.
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9 weeks ago


Eeeeesh.....I hope it's not this way on my BMW. I've got a widescreen display so this would look weird. Maybe it's only for square displays I wonder?

How do you know if someone has a BMW? Don't worry - they'll let you know....
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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9 weeks ago
Its like they listened to my feedback in regards of the silly time picker in the clock app and also that an album called hidden is useless. Now all they need to add is FaceID lock for that hidden folder.
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9 weeks ago
What they need to do is add a passcode lock option to the hidden album like they do with the Notes app.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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9 weeks ago


Two small but useful features that I have been waiting for from Apple for years:

1- Pinned Number row on top of the keyboard. (Faster since no need to change back and forth between numbers and letters).

2- Private Photo Album secured by Face-ID/Password to hide most sensitive photos. (Currently millions rely on 3rd party apps for a small feature that could be easily built in the default Photos apps by Apple).

Please Like if you agree.

Man you don’t actually need an extra row of numbers, you can just press numbers icon on the bottom left of the keyboard and without lifting your finger up, move it to the number you want. Very handful feature
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9 weeks ago


Still that ugly red Apple Music icon.

It's a classic. brings back memories from ios 7
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