Apple is moving right along with its developer betas for the next major updates to its most popular operating systems.
Update 3 (07/23/2020): Apple has seeded the second public betas of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 to the public beta testers. If you are already part of the beta testing program, the new pre-release software is available to download and install as an over-the-air update. If you are not part of the program but want to sign up, you can do so at Apple’s Beta Software Program site.
Update 2 (07/22/2020): Apple has also seeded the third developer beta of macOS Big Sur. The software update is available as an over-the-air (OTA) update for developers using registered machines. It can also be downloaded and installed from Apple’s dedicated developer site.
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On Wednesday, Apple seeded the third developer betas of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, and watchOS 7 to developers. As is par for the course, a corresponding public beta will follow suit for the latest developer betas, which means the public beta testers will have a crack at the latest pre-release software in due time.
You can check out all of the new features for each of these platforms in the links below:
- The 12 most exciting new features in iOS 14
- The 12 most compelling new features in iPadOS 14
- The 6 most interesting new features in macOS Big Sur
Registered developers can download and install the latest developer beta for each of the platforms from Apple’s dedicated developer site. The latest betas can also be installed via the over-the-air update tool for iOS and iPadOS. Meanwhile, the new software for the Apple TV can be installed via the Xcode profile.
To update the Apple Watch to watchOS 7, developers must install iOS 14 to their iPhone. The Apple Watch must be connected to its charger, must be paired and within range of the iPhone, and have at least 50% battery life.
If there are any new discoveries made in the third developer betas for the platforms, we will update this post accordingly.
And here’s a full breakdown of the system requirements for each operating system:
- iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 system requirements
- tvOS 14 system requirements
- watchOS 7 system requirements
- macOS 11 Big Sur system requirements
Apple will be releasing these updates to the operating systems later this fall, with each update being free.
What’s new in iOS 14 beta 3
- The Apple Music icon has been given a revamp in iOS 14 beta 3. It now offers a red gradient for the background of the app icon, rather than the white background. Meanwhile, the musical note is now white, rather than multi-colored.
- Snapchat integration is now included within the Apple Music app. This follows along with Apple adding options to share music through Instagram Stories and Facebook Stories, which the company added with iOS 13.5.
- Apple has welcomed a new Clock widget with the third beta of iOS 14. The new option can show the time for a single city, or up to four cities at the same time if you choose the largest widget option.
- New popups are present in the latest beta, offering up some additional information for the new changes Apple is welcoming in iOS 14. There are new popups for widgets, editing Home screens, and introducing the App Library.