Till just lately, you’ll have needed to pay $100 to affix the Apple Developer Program as a way to get the brand new iOS 14 beta. I did it a couple weeks ago and have been making an attempt out a number of the new options ever since. Now, nonetheless, the general public beta has hit the web, which suggests anybody with a suitable iPhone can leap into the probably buggy world of iOS 14—in addition to iPad OS 14 and tvOS 14—earlier than its official launch later this yr.
You’ll be able to check out the introduced options right here, or get a extra in-depth have a look at a number of the new additions here.
If you wish to set up it your self, first understand that it’s nonetheless a beta, so placing it in your telephone you utilize day-after-day might be disasterous. By this level, the software program is probably going fairly secure—even the builders beta I’ve been utilizing for some time hasn’t actually crashed very a lot. However, unfinished software program might be disintegrate in spectacular methods. When you have an older iPhone or iPad kicking round that you simply don’t want day-after-day, that’s a a lot safer approach to check out the brand new options. It’s additionally value noting that iCloud backups you make through the iOS 14 beta received’t be suitable with iOS 13 if you need to roll all the things again, so you may very well lose some stuff.
If you happen to’re cool with that, right here’s find out how to get the software program.
For iOS 14, you’ll want an iPhone 6s or newer—something older than that received’t settle for the replace. Visit this page for the Apple Beta Software program Program and join along with your Apple ID. When you obtain the profile, you’ll be able to head into Settings and end putting in it earlier than restarting your telephone. As soon as that’s completed, you’ll be able to replace your telephone as regular and also you’ll hop as much as iOS 14.
For iPad OS, the method is mainly the identical, solely you’ll want to make use of not less than an iPad Air 2, a daily iPad from gen 5, an iPad Mini 4, or any iPad Professional. Ensure you choose the iPadOS 14 profile after which comply with the steps above.
Don’t be stunned should you hit some compatibility or stability points throughout regular use. Discovering these bugs is, in any case, the purpose of releasing a public beta.
We’ve already run by a number of the excessive factors from iOS 14 in this guide, however the iPadOS replace is sort of as attractive. One significantly helpful characteristic now permits the iPad to mechanically acknowledge shapes you’re drawing with the Pencil and render them as completely clear and symmetrical strains—your hand-drawn squares can shortly develop into precision squares.
If you happen to write somebody’s identify and telephone quantity with an Apple Pencil, the Notes app will now acknowledge that data as contact data and permit you to faucet on it to name them or ship a message. Handwriting has clearly gained much more significance for Apple going into iPadOS 14 and these updates have made the Pencil much more helpful for individuals (like me) who can’t draw and have dangerous handwriting.
Each working methods will enter their closing kinds later this yr.