iOS 14 Release date, features, supported devices. In this article, we will cover all the known information about iOS 14: the estimated OS release date, the list of supported devices, what’s new in it, the possibilities that the new OS for the iPhone can get.
The iOS 14 operating system is of interest to owners of Apple mobile devices. Especially considering how unsuccessful iOS 13 was at the time of its debut.
The information below is based on an analysis of the available data and the words of the famous Chinese analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from TF International Securities, who is often right in his forecasts. Also, a lot of data about the new iOS comes from Western media.
This article is updated as new information becomes available. Stay tuned so you don’t miss anything.
iOS 14 Release Date
If you look at previous versions of iOS, you can guess when iOS 14 will be released – not earlier than the fall of 2020. iOS, iPadOS and macOS come out at about the same time for a year in a row.
Apple usually releases the mobile operating system in mid-September, about a week after the announcement of the new iPhone. Judging by past years, the release date of iOS 14 will take place between September 14 and 18, 2020.
In the previous 5 years, the release dates were as follows:
- iOS 13: Thursday, September 19, 2019
- iOS12: Monday, September 17, 2018
- iOS11: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
- iOS10: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
- iOS9: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Apple should talk about its plans for the new OS during the annual WWDC 2020 developer conference. This conference takes place every June, usually in the first week of the month.
After that, iOS 14 Beta for developers will be released so that they can prepare their applications for release. The first beta version of iOS 14 should appear after WWDC 2020, that is, after June 8. The release of the first public iOS 14 Beta is expected in late June.
Everyone will be able to get early access to iOS 14 through a public beta testing program. Enthusiasts install, evaluate the system, report bugs found. The testing program begins a few weeks after the developer conference, giving Apple time to find bugs from the first builds.
iOS 14 Supported Devices
The French site iPhonesoft, citing an unnamed Apple source, said that iOS 14 will support almost all devices compatible with iOS 13. With the exception of the latest iPhone 5S and iPhone 6, equipped with A7 and A8 chips, respectively.
Here are the devices that will supported devices iOS 14:
- iPod touch (7th generation).
- iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
- SE, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
- 8 and 8 Plus.
- XR, XS and XS Max.
- 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.
- 9 (SE 2).
- 12 and 12 Pro (5G).
If the rumor turns out to be true, the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s will receive iOS 14 support.
iPhone 6s was introduced in 2015, and Apple devices are usually supported for 5 years. These five years end this year. The same story was with the iPhone 6, which was released in 2014 and it was no longer supported in iOS 13, released in 2019.
The exact information about which iPhones will receive iOS 14 beta , we will find out later.
New development scheme
Despite new features like a dark interface and a redesigned Photos application, there were a lot of bugs in iOS 13. Apple had to release several updates immediately after its release in order to improve performance and fix bugs.
Between the first release of iOS 13 at the end of September last year and the end of December, 8 system updates were released. A large number of flaws were not noticed at the testing stage and hit the release. But iPhone users saw them, raising a wave of discontent criticizing the developers.
Apple took this experience into account and changed the release process for test builds of iOS 14. This was reported by Bloomberg news agency with reference to its sources.
Following this sad experience, Apple has implemented software flags in daily iOS builds to isolate test features. If you want to see the new functionality, just activate the flag.
This procedure has long been used by Google and Microsoft. It should help Apple avoid future buggy releases of iOS.
This is not the first time Apple is betting on quality. There were few changes in iOS 12 compared to iOS 11, but it did not slow down and worked much more stable even on older devices.
The development of the operating system is at a closed stage. While there are no confirmed functions and even rumors that the new will be in iOS 14. However, there is no shortage of wishes on the part of users.
Here are some features I would like to see.
Users are waiting for the ambiguity mode so that the screen can work simultaneously with two windows.
But there is no talk of such an implementation yet. On February 24, 2020, images from an iPhone running iOS 14, which borrows the multitasking currently used by the iPad, got on the Web.
Call notification that does not close the entire screen
When iPhone calls, a notification about this closes the entire screen. This has been the case since the very first generation of iPhones, released in 2007.
The notification in the form of a small notification looks much better, which works by analogy with a regular notification in iOS. The main thing is to be able to quickly click on the “Accept” or “Reject” call buttons.
In 2007, phone calls were the most important thing, but since then people have changed, and the smartphone has gone far from the concept of “phone”. It conducts textual correspondence, takes photos, videos, starts games, etc. Nobody needs a phone call notification to close all this.
Redesigned Notification System
I would like to see the return of automatic grouping of notifications from different applications. This feature was in earlier versions of iOS, but then it was removed.
Notifications are now displayed in the order they appear on the smartphone. Many people like this, but for users with a large number of notifications, this is a problem, because it becomes difficult to find the right notification from a specific application.
In iOS 13, steps have been taken towards grouping notifications. For example, you can clear all Instagram notifications with one gesture, while leaving Twitter notifications.
It should be so, but now there is no way to choose this default behavior for all notifications. You need to enter each application separately and enable the appropriate setting. If there are many applications, this can take a long time.
Simple app store update
With the advent of the Apple Arcade platform in iOS 13, Apple has removed the Updates tab from the App Store on the iPhone. It has become more difficult for users to get quick access to install application updates.
True, you can access the updates if you press and hold the shortcut of the App Store and click on the profile icon in the upper right corner of the App Store. This is not as convenient as in earlier versions of iOS, especially for not the most advanced users.
I would like to see the “Updates” tab return to the store.
Animation filters in the Camera app
Animoji came to us with the iPhone X in 2017, allowing you to create cartoon-like videos with you in the title role through tracking facial expressions. Many of these videos can be found on social networks. Q: Why does Apple restrict Face ID to the camera feature in the Messaging app?
I would like to see animogies in the main Camera application so that you can create longer videos. It will be easier than the current method of creating such videos.
The Clock app is pretty simple and works as intended, but something can be improved.
For example, I do not want to change the time for going to bed separately for each day, if you have a non-standard daily routine. Of course, you can do this manually, but an automatic solution will not hurt either. Moreover, it is in the alarms of third-party developers.
I would like to set an alarm for each day of the working week, which allows me to go to bed without having to set an alarm in the morning. The ability to set the volume of each alarm separately also does not hurt.
The ability to silence the alarm clock and group the time of its operation by days, weeks and months without the need to completely turn it off and then turn it back on would not hurt. This is a small but necessary functionality.
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