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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today seeded the seventh betas of upcoming iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates to developers for testing purposes, a little over one week after seeding the sixth betas and over two months after unveiling the new software at the WWDC keynote.


Registered developers can download the betas over the air after installing the proper profile from the Apple Developer Center.

iOS 14 introduces a redesigned Home Screen that supports widgets on iPhone for the first time, plus widgets have been redesigned and can now be customized in three sizes through the new widgets gallery.


An App Library shows all of the apps installed on an iPhone in one place, both in an icon view and in an alphabetical list. With all of the apps in the App Library, app icons and Home Screen pages can be hidden for a cleaner look.


Incoming phone calls and FaceTime calls no longer take up the entire iPhone/iPad display, and Siri requests have also been minimized so summoning Siri doesn't monopolize the screen. Siri is smarter in iOS 14 and can send audio messages, and dictation can now run on device. A Picture in Picture mode allows users to watch videos or use FaceTime while using other apps.

App Clips lets users take advantage of some app features without needing to download a full app, useful for quick actions like purchasing a coffee, making a restaurant reservation, or renting a scooter, where downloading an entire app would be a hassle. App Clips can be scanned from QR codes, NFC tags, or Apple-designed App Clip Codes, plus they can be shared in Messages or accessed from Safari.

In the Messages app you can now pin important conversations, use @mentions in group chats, and take advantage of inline replies to keep multi-person conversations better organized. There are new Memoji options and group chats can be assigned icons with photos, emoji, or Memoji.


The Health app supports the Apple Watch's new Sleep Tracking feature and there's a Health Checklist for managing health settings, and in the Weather app, there's more info on precipitation and severe weather events.

Cycling directions are available in the Maps app with directions incorporating elevation, how busy a street is, and stairs, plus for those who own electric vehicles, there are options for routes with EV charging stops.

Digital Car Keys let an iPhone be used in lieu of a physical key, a feature that's coming soon to BMWs, and CarPlay now lets users set wallpapers.

A new translate app provides text and voice translations to and from 11 languages, and there are tons of new privacy protections. Developers need to get user permission before accessing devices on a local network, limiting access to photos, and providing apps with approximate locations instead of exact locations.


Safari has a Privacy Report that lets you know which websites have trackers, and there are new icons on the Home screen that let you know when an app is using a camera or microphone. Third-party browser and mail apps can be set as default for the first time, and Apple added new AirPods capabilities.

As for the iPad, the Apple Pencil can now be used in any text field, with handwritten text converted automatically to typed text thanks to the new Scribble feature.

There are tons more features in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, so make sure to check out our iOS 14 roundup and our iPadOS 14 roundup for a full list of everything new. We also highlight all of the new feature tweaks and changes introduced with each beta iteration, and you can see the changes from beta 2, beta 3, and beta 4 in our beta 2, beta 3, beta 4, beta 5, and and beta 6 tidbits articles.

Beta 3 brought a new red Music icon, changes to the design of the Music Library in the Music app, a Clock widget, an updated Screen Time widget, while beta 4 added an Apple TV widget and improvements to search. Beta 5 introduced a larger Apple News widget option, a scrolling clock wheel for apps like Alarm Clock, an option to turn on Exposure Notifications, and a feature to better hide photo albums, while beta 6 added spatial audio settings.

iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are available to registered developers and public beta testers at this time. Beta testing for ‌iOS 14‌ will last for a couple of months, with the update set to be released in the fall alongside new iPhones.

Article Link: Apple Releases Seventh Betas of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]
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macrumors newbie
Mar 24, 2015
Does this fix the bug on the iPad Pro where you can’t see any widgets on the home screen just a blank area only until you swipe up


macrumors 65816
Dec 13, 2007
I am using this Beta (6) in my two iPhones. Very refreshing but nothing outlandish compared to Android. Widget, home screen, app libraries are sort of old wine in the new bottle without making any radical attempts. App developers have to come up with more usable Widgets. I like the scrolling widget collection keeping the mobile more personal. Pinning conversation in the messages is really useful.
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macrumors 68030
Nov 9, 2015
Silicon Valley, CA
Be curious to know if that odd YouTube video playback where 4K playback sometimes reverts to 1080P max is fixed after the update.

Update: After updating to iPadOS 14.0 b7 4K playback seems to be working now without be stuck with 1080P max at first, later 4K worked.
YouTube app is v15.35.2 4 days old
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macrumors 68000
Jun 22, 2006
Is anyone else having the problem where links don’t show us as clickable in messages notifications?


macrumors 68020
Apr 18, 2018
Be curious to know if that odd YouTube video playback where 4K playback sometimes reverts to 1080P max is fixed.
that sounds like a connection issue. signal strength, network loading, etc. Netflix will do that too if not enough bandwidth
does this fix the bug that's causing the AAPL to drop dramatically today?!?!? lol
you mean COVID?
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macrumors 6502a
Nov 29, 2004
Toronto, ON
Good stuff. However, when the PB comes out, I'll wait for the watch update as well first. I've had issues with my AW3 crashing a good twenty times a day with the last couple of Public Betas until I also was able to update to the latest WatchOS7 PB. Something about iOS and WatchOS being on slightly different builds caused quite a bit of chaos for a few days at a time.


macrumors 6502a
Dec 26, 2009
Has anyone checked if Apple Ad Anti-Tracking Features from this release?
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