As we march towards the fall, and the public launch of the next major updates to Apple’s most popular operating systems, the company continues to seed betas of the prerelease software.
Updated (08/04/2020): Apple on Tuesday also seeded the fourth beta of macOS 11 Big Sur to developers as well. It is available to download and install for registered developers now.
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And that trend continues as Apple on Monday seeded the fourth beta of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 to developers. This follows the third betas, which were seeded on July 22. Apple will continue to seed these updated and tweaked versions of the operating systems until the public launch later this year, ironing out the kinks and also giving developers time and the tools necessary to update their apps for the new software.
Developers can download and install the latest betas for each platform from Apple’s dedicated site for developers. In addition to that, the prerelease software can also be downloaded and installed as an over-the-air (OTA) update on registered devices. Meanwhile, tvOS 14’s latest beta can be downloaded and installed via the registered Xcode profile. watchOS 7 can be installed on a registered Apple Watch, but it must have at least 50% battery life, be connected to its charger, and be within range of the iPhone.
As the betas tick up in version number, it’s less and less likely that Apple will include new features. However, the third developer beta included quite a few changes and additions, including Snapchat integration for Apple Music and a new icon for the streaming service as well; a revamped and more useful Clock widget; and new splash screen pop ups for things like the App Library.
It’s possible that Apple will include new changes to the fourth developer beta as well, and if that is indeed the case we will update this post accordingly. Apple will also likely seed the fourth developer betas of its other platforms soon.
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
And if you’re curious about the system requirements for each platform, we’ve got you covered there, too:
- iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 system requirements
- tvOS 14 system requirements
- watchOS 7 system requirements
- macOS 11 Big Sur system requirements
When Apple does get around to releasing these major updates to the public later this year, each upgrade will be free for the corresponding platform.
Are you trying out the developer and/or public betas? If so, how is the experience so far?