The beta train continues to chug along, as Apple seeds the latest prerelease software for its most popular platforms.
On Wednesday, Apple seeded the eighth betas of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 to developers. As is par for the course, this is software meant specifically for developers, and it’s not meant to be run on personal daily drivers. While the betas have been relatively stable for the most part, it’s still not ready for prime time. That being said, Apple will likely seed the corresponding public betas of these mobile operating systems in short order.
For registered developers, the latest betas can be downloaded and installed directly from Apple’s site for devs. They can also be downloaded and installed as over-the-air (OTA) updates via the software update feature in the Settings app on registered devices.
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.
Meanwhile, the fourth developer beta added the return of 3D Touch, an updated widget for the Apple TV app, support for Apple’s and Google’s Exposure Notification API, and more. The fifth developer beta added a new widget for Apple News, better location privacy for widgets, availability alerts related to contact tracing apps utilizing Exposure Notification, and more. Apple added a new splash screen for Apple Maps and the spatial audio toggle for AirPods Pro in the sixth developer beta.
In the seventh developer beta, Apple tweaked the categories in the App Library, offered more Dark Mode-supported wallpapers, and more.
You can check out the most exciting new features coming to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 just below.
And here are the system requirements for the newest versions of iOS and iPadOS, just in case you need to make changes ahead of the public release later this year.
Apple also seeded the eighth beta of tvOS 14 to developers today as well. The new prerelease software can be installed via Xcode. It also seeded the eighth beta of watchOS 7 to developers. To update, the registered Apple Watch must have at least 50% battery life, be connected to its charger, and be connected and within range of the iPhone.
If you’ve tried out the developer and/or public betas, are you looking forward to this latest update to iOS and iPadOS?