Apple Releases Eighth Betas of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the eighth betas of upcoming iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the seventh betas and over two months after unveiling the new software at the WWDC keynote.

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

iOS 14 introduces a redesigned Home Screen that supports widgets on iPhone 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.

As 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 also highlight all of the new feature tweaks and changes introduced with each beta iteration, and you can see the changes from beta 2, beta 3, and beta 4 in our beta 2, beta 3, beta 4, beta 5, beta 6, and beta 7 tidbits articles.

Beta 3 brought a new red Music icon, changes to the design of the Music Library in the Music app, a Clock widget, an updated Screen Time widget, while beta 4 added an Apple TV widget and improvements to search. Beta 5 introduced a larger Apple News widget option, a scrolling clock wheel for apps like Alarm Clock, an option to turn on Exposure Notifications, and a feature to better hide photo albums, while beta 6 added spatial audio settings and beta 7 added Dark Mode options for the rainbow wallpapers.

iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are available to registered developers and public beta testers at this time. Beta testing for ‌iOS 14‌ will last for a couple of months, with the update set to be released in the fall alongside new iPhones.

Top Rated Comments

DinkThifferent Avatar
22 months ago

Source?
John Prosser ?
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
InGen Avatar
22 months ago

GM next week
On behalf of many others on this forum, I would like to request that you find something else to do other than wait for each article to be posted then try to be one of the first people to leave comment. I’m trying to be as polite as possible not to violate any rules here, but almost all of your comments are short generic valueless statements, made seemingly just for the sake of commenting to grab the top comment spots.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dguisinger Avatar
22 months ago
Seems like we are getting close.

My only disappointment will be nothing will feel new at release since I've been on the beta :P LOL
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dtrj787 Avatar
22 months ago
So I'm just going to assume, app defaults won't come until 14.1?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
metalsiren Avatar
22 months ago

No GM. It’s going to be next month, next week so for iPads maybe some other stuff like Macs or AirPods. The iPhones which bring new iOS aren’t being announced till next month.
if the new watches are avil or ipad end of the month they will need IOS 14, Watch OS 7
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ouimetnick Avatar
22 months ago

No GM. It’s going to be next month, next week so for iPads maybe some other stuff like Macs or AirPods. The iPhones which bring new iOS aren’t being announced till next month.
iPadOS and iOS are pretty much the same thing, so it wouldn’t surprise me if the software “ships” as scheduled while the iPhone hardware is a little later. They’ve released the major iOS release a week or so before shipping the new iPhone, I don’t think it would be a big deal if they ship the software before announcing the hardware.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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