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.
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.
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.
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.