iOS 14 Overview Updated April 1, 2020

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January 2020 - April 2020


iOS 14 rumors and features

Leaked iOS 14 code obtained by 9to5Mac gives us clues about many details with what to expect from Apple’s upcoming hardware refreshes, including a new iPad Pro, iPhone 9, and AirTags. Apple is also developing a new Apple TV remote.

Lastly, iOS 14 code offers new details on Apple’s upcoming AirTag item trackers. 9to5Mac has previously reported many details on AirTags, including the marketing name. iOS 14 code indicates that AirTags will be able to be set up in bulk through iOS and that there will be a user-replaceable battery, much like Tile item trackers.

Augmented Reality

We’ve also learned that Apple is developing a new augmented reality app for iOS.

Based on 9to5Mac code findings, Apple appears to be testing integrations with Apple Stores and Starbucks. For instance, users would be able to hold up their phone in an Apple Store and view information about the products on display, get pricing, and compare features.

The iPhone or iPad would know about what augmented reality experience to begin based on QR-code like tags in the area. It is possible that iBeacons or Apple’s AirTags could also act as the trigger.

Home Screen

iOS 14 will also include a new home screen list view option with Siri suggestions.

Furthermore, the list view will include several different sorting options and other details. For instance, you’ll be able to filter applications such that you see all apps that currently have unread notifications. There will also be support for filtering apps by recently used, giving you better awareness of the apps you use most and least often.

Finally, this new list view will include smart suggestions powered by Siri to suggest which applications you might be searching for based on time of day and location. For instance, the list view might recommend that you open the Music app when you arrive at the gym.

Accessibility

iOS 14 will also include a number of new accessibility features as well.

iOS 14 looks set to offer some major new accessibility improvements. Our code findings uncovered a new feature that will be able to detect important sounds like fire alarms, sirens, door knocks, doorbells, and crying babies. Presumably, iOS will translate these alerts into haptics for people who have hearing loss.

It’s expected that new iPhones released in the fall of 2020 will have the latest version of iOS preloaded with no option to downgrade.

iOS 14 release date and beta schedule

If past years are any indication, a new version of iOS (iOS 14) will be released in the fall of 2020. It’s expected that a developer beta will be released in June at WWDC ’20. A public beta is also likely to follow a few weeks after the release of the developer beta.

Once Apple starts the beta program for iOS 14, it’s expected they will release updates every few weeks to eliminate bugs, polish new features, remove features that won’t make the shipping version, and more.

As always, Apple recommends that you only run the developer beta version of iOS on devices solely dedicated to development.

iOS 14 compatible devices

iOS 13 was compatible with

  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

With iOS 14, it’s expected that Apple will drop support for at least the iPhone SE, but don’t be surprised if the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus also drop support.

iOS 14 Stories Yesterday

Apple is working to improve the iCloud Keychain password manager on iOS, 9to5Mac has learned, with two-factor password integration and more. These new features described are based on an early build of iOS 14 obtained by 9to5Mac.

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iOS 14 Stories March 30

9to5Mac exclusively reported earlier this month that iOS 14 and watchOS 7 will include a new SchoolTime mode and kid mode. The latter feature includes the ability for a parent to set up and manage an Apple Watch for a child with a single iPhone.

Each Apple Watch account is currently connected to a single iPhone’s Apple ID. This new mode will let a parent manage their child’s Apple Watch from the parent’s iPhone, and the child will not be required to own an iPhone to use the Apple Watch.

If this feature in development is completed and released this year, the Apple Watch will become much better for kids than ever before, but how will activity tracking work? Based on iOS 14 code obtained by 9to5Mac, we can now answer that question.

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iOS 14 Stories March 28

In the past few weeks, 9to5Mac has broken several stories related to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. The one that intrigued me the most was the OS Recovery feature. As an iOS IT administrator, this feature will solve many problems in K–12. Here’s why I am excited about the upcoming OS recovery in K-12. expand full story

iOS 14 Stories March 23

9to5Mac reported exclusively in February that Apple is developing a new ‘CarKey’ feature that will let drivers replace physical key fobs with their iPhone. The new virtual key technology was first discovered in a beta version of iOS 13.4.

New evidence in iOS 14 code obtained by 9to5Mac reveals that Apple is working with BMW to likely be the first carmaker to support the futuristic iPhone feature. 9to5Mac received this non-denial statement from BMW when asked about their involvement:

Please understand that at this point we cannot confirm your request nor give you further details. We would like to refer you to our press release.

The informative press release referenced was published in December and refers to BMW’s efforts to adopt a new smartphone and watch Digital Key standard:

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Apple’s Find My app will include useful new features in iOS 14, 9to5Mac has learned, including augmented reality mode and new location triggers. The features described are based on an early build of iOS 14 obtained by 9to5Mac.

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iOS 14 Stories March 19

Following our latest findings on iOS 14, 9to5Mac has now found evidence that Apple is working to provide more details about its retail stores on Apple Maps. We’re also expecting the ability to set custom wallpapers on CarPlay for the first time.

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