Apple launched iOS 14 at WWDC and it features a load of new stuff we’ve been wanting in the software that powers iPhones for years. Here’s how to get those brand-new features right now.
From updates to Messages, a refreshed homescreen and support for widgets, iOS 14 is a big update for the iPhone. We expect a full release to come alongside the iPhone 12, however there are ways to get in on the action early.
How to download iOS 14 now
At first Apple restricted iOS 14 in its current beta state to registered developers, meaning you needed to be a paying iOS developer to get access. That changed on July 9 when Apple launched the iOS 14 public beta to all users with eligible iPhone models.
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All you need to do is browse to the Apple Beta Software Program portal and enrol your iPhone in the program in order to download and install the first iOS 14 public beta. Those who’ve used beta versions before will be able to sign in using their Apple ID. Everyone else will need to register their Apple ID.
From here you’ll need to install a special profile on your iPhone in order to run the beta version of iOS 14. Apple is also planning to roll out the first beta versions for iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, watchOS 7 and macOS Big Sur, so if you have other Apple devices in your gadget arsenal the methodology will be similar.
If you are a registered developer the iOS 14 betas are still available on the Developer Portal. You’ll be able to install the correct profile and then download the new software directly to your iPhone. You’ll get OTA updates throughout the beta process as new features are added and bugs are squashed.
As is always the case with these betas, they will likely be buggy to begin with and slowly get better as these issues are ironed out and we wouldn’t recommend anyone installing the beta on a primary device. Best to stick to a secondary iPhone that you won’t struggle without if certain features aren’t working quite as they should. If you insist on installing on your primacy iPhone, at least fully back it up first so you’ll be able to restore functionality if things go awry.
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iOS 14 is a big update, with plenty of new stuff to get excited about. The homescreen has been refreshed, widgets can now be placed between your apps and Messages have received a big update to better compete with alternatives like WhatsApp. There’s a new Translator app plus deeper privacy controls and a big update to Siri.
Related: MacOS Big Sur features
(Developing: this is an ongoing story and we will update it as more information comes in)