iOS 14 Release Date, Features, Rumors, Leaks

iOS 14 Concept

iOS 14 is the next major release of iOS that Apple will officially announce at WWDC 2020. Since Apple focused on performance and stability improvements in iOS 13, we expect Apple to introduce major new features and improvements in iOS 14. It will be the fourteeth major release of the iOS mobile operating system developed by Apple Inc. for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

iOS 14 Features

It is unclear what all new features iOS 14 will bring to the table. There is a possibility of Apple redesigning the Home screen which will go well with the iPhone 12 series that are going to come with bigger displays. Apple was expected to redesign the Home screen in iOS 13, but it delayed the plans to focus on performance and stability improvements.

Safari should also get an update on iOS 14 with some new features and enhancements. Siri Shortcuts should also get some major new additions and enhancements that will make it more powerful and easier to use.

Apple has already changed its internal approach to iOS 14 development. By doing this, the company hopes to avoid shipping the OS with a lot of broken features and bugs like it happened with iOS 13.

On February 20, a report claimed that iOS 14 could possibly allow users to change the default mail and browser apps to a third-party client of their choice. If true, this would be a big deal as Apple does not allow users to change the default system apps in iOS.

On February 24, a purported video of iOS 14 running on iPhone 11 Pro claimed that Apple may change the UI of the App Switcher in iOS 14. The short video showed the new multitasking UI which can fit up to four apps on the screen at one time. Users can then swipe to the right to scroll through all the open apps. One can dismiss a running app by simply swiping up on the card. However, as developer Guilherme Rambo pointed out that there is an internal setting that has been there since iOS 11 that allows you to switch to four apps layout in the app switcher. So we are not sure if Apple will switch to this new layout in iOS 14.

iOS 14 Compatible Devices

iOS 13 dropped support for iPhone 5s and iPhone 6, two iPhones that are still very popular. Apple is not expected to drop support for any older iPhones in iOS 14. A rumor also says the same.

The following devices are going to be compatible with iOS 14:

  • iPhone 12 series
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE

iOS 14 Release Date

Apple will follow the same release date cycle for iOS 14 as iOS 13 and older releases of the OS. This means iOS 14 will be officially announced at WWDC 2020 which will be held in the first half of June. The company will also release the first iOS 14 beta on the same day and then release a new beta build every few weeks.

The final build of iOS 14 will be released to the public in September along with the launch of the new iPhone 12 series.

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