Apple yesterday seeded second betas of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, watchOS 7 and macOS 11.0 Big Sur. With most of the attention focused on the iOS and iPadOS software, we thought you might appreciate a little hands-on video walkthrough showing you all the major new features and enhancements that we’ve managed to discover in the second betas so far.
Video: everything new in iOS 14
Watch this hands-on video walkthrough put together by our videographer Harris Craycraft. It doesn’t mention every tiny detail and under-the-hood tweak, but does hit all the big ones.
Have you spotted other important changes or enhancements in beta 2 of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 that the video doesn’t mention? If so, do share them with us in the commenting section.
Key new features in iOS 14 beta 2
Here’s a quick rundown of the most important changes in iOS and iPadOS 14:
- The Files widget is now available
- The weather widget no longer displays Cupertino instead of your own location
- Default audio apps can be set on HomePod
- The “Add to Library” Home screen option renamed as “Remove from Home Screen”
- Paste notifications now include the device name from which content was posted
- The Apple Watch hand-washing indicator is live in the Health app
- New Settings toggles to manage playlist animations in Music
- Emoji within reminder lists now have a circle backdrop
- The Photos widget is available in a larger 4×4 size
- Multiple Photos widgets on the Home screen now show different featured images
- You can now use speakerphone from the compact Call Bar
- The 2×2 Reminders widget now displays the first reminder
- Three size adjustments instead of two while double-tapping Picture-in-Picture
- New “Sensor and Data” splash screen within Privacy settings in the Settings app
For an exhaustive list of all the changes in iOS and iPadPOS 14 developer beta 2, be sure to read a comprehensive overview over at The 8-Bit.
Your thoughts on the betas
Apple is currently making betas of iOS 14 and its other upcoming OS updates available to members of the Apple Developer Program. Oh, and if you’re Apple’s registered developer, we have a tutorial guiding you through the process of installing iOS 14 on your compatible device, plus another one for those times when you feel like downgrading back to iOS 13.
The public betas are expected to drop later this month.
Apple’s betas tend to be stable, but this is the first time in recent memory that the inaugural beta of a major OS update doesn’t crash every few minutes and tax the battery like crazy.
Assuming you have installed the iOS 14 beta and spend some time exploring all the changes, would you agree with my assessment in terms of reliability and feature-completeness?
What are your initial impressions of the betas thus far?
Let us know by leaving a comment down below.