iOS 14 rumors are starting to swirl as we push into 2020. We don’t know a whole lot about Apple’s upcoming operating system, but we can try and fill in some blanks as we push toward its inevitable release later this year.
iOS 13.4 is currently in beta testing and it should correct some of the lingering bugs plaguing iOS 13 and the iPhone.
iOS 13.4 probably won’t be the last version of iOS 13. We expect Apple to release new firmware as it works to improve the software ahead of its 2020 announcements which reportedly include new iPad Pros and a new budget iPhone.
Later this year, we expect Apple to release a brand new operating system for iPhone. Dubbed iOS 14, it should arrive alongside an iPadOS 14 release for the company’s tablets.
We don’t have the full picture yet, but reports have started hinting at Apple’s plans for iOS and the iPhone in 2020.
With that in mind, we want to outline what you can expect from iOS 14. Our walkthrough will take you through the iOS 14 beta, the iOS 14 release date, the devices getting iOS 14, and the update’s rumored features.
iOS 14 Beta
This summer, Apple will take the stage at WWDC 2020 where it will go over the changes it’s making to the iPhone’s software in 2020. We don’t have the dates for WWDC 2020 yet, but you can expect the conference to land sometime in June.
Apple will likely kickoff the conference with a keynote where it will likely outline iOS 14 and software updates for iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. We also expect the company to confirm the iOS 14 beta.
The company’s beta programs give developers and anyone willing to try pre-release software a chance to test out new features ahead of time. The iOS beta programs also help the company weed out bugs and performance issues.
We expect the iOS 14 beta to kickoff sometime after the conclusion of the keynote, probably around Noon or 1PM Pacific.
Those with a paid developer account should get access to the iOS 14 beta shortly after the keynote, but those enrolled in the company’s free Beta Software Program will likely have to wait until mid-June, or later, for the software to arrive.
Trying the iOS 14 beta might be tempting, but if you depend on your phone to get you through the day, you’ll probably want to avoid the iOS 14 beta, at least until the company is able to fix some of the initial problems.
We’ll almost certainly see several iterations of the iOS 14 beta as Apple and its beta testers poke and prod the software for issues.
iOS 13 Release Date
The iOS 14 beta should stretch over several months culminating with an official release sometime in the fall after another event and keynote.
We don’t have a specific iOS 14 release date to share with you at the moment, but odds are good that it launches in September shortly before Apple releases its flagship 2020 iPhone models.
September is a key month in Apple’s annual release cycle and it’s when the company usually pulls its iOS software out of beta.
As of right now, it doesn’t look like Apple will deviate from this protocol in 2020. iPhone 12 rumors currently point to a release this fall, probably in September.
iOS 14 will likely make another appearance on stage during the 2020 iPhone launch event, this time in official form, and Apple should provide a final date for its release.
iOS release dates typically fall between the media event and the iPhone release date.
New iPhones always run new iOS software out of the box which means the 2020 models will run iOS 14, not iOS 13, when they arrive on doorsteps and shelves this fall.
In addition to iOS 14, Apple’s 2020 iPhones are rumored to have improved cameras, design changes, 5G connectivity, and various performance improvements.
What Devices Will Get iOS 14?
Last year, Apple bumped most iOS 12-powered devices to iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. The company left the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, and several iPad models on iOS 12.
Of course, support for those devices didn’t end. Apple continues to roll out new versions of iOS 12 with under-the-hood improvements. That said, support has been irregular and these devices won’t get any new features down the road.
Devices currently running iOS 12 probably won’t get iOS 14, but it sounds like Apple might move all iOS 13-powered phones up to iOS 14.
French site iPhoneSoft.fr claims iOS 14 will support the iPhone SE, the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and newer versions of the iPhone, a list that includes the following devices:
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
In the report the site mentions that the decision isn’t final which means these devices could still get left behind on iOS 13.
iOS 14 Features
We haven’t heard a whole lot about iOS 14 yet, but here’s what we know thus far.
We know that Apple is reportedly planning to bring a time-of-flight 3D rear camera to the iPhone 12 Pro. If true, the devices will likely feature improved Augmented Reality (AR) that are supported by iOS 14.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claims Apple overhauling the way it develops, and tests, iOS software. The company is hoping this process helps it cut down the number of bugs and problems.
iOS 13 has been plagued by a variety of performance issues since launch and the company has been forced to delay features and issue rapid fire bug fixes to address these ongoing problems.
The company has also reportedly considered delaying some iOS 14 features in an effort to ensure long-term stability.
Gurman also claims that iOS 14 users might be able to use third-party music services like Spotify to stream on HomePod with Siri. HomePod users can already do this with Apple Music. At the moment, you can only stream Spotify content on a HomePod via AirPlay.
We’ll continue to update this post with new information as it arrives. We expect to hear a lot more about Apple’s plans for iOS 14 in the months ahead.
4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 13.3.1 & 11 Reasons You Should
Install iOS 13.3.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.3.1 update right away.
The iOS 13.3.1 update includes 21 new security patches that will help protect your device from harm. The company’s outlined those patches in detail if you want to dig in.
If you skipped iOS 13.3, you get its patches with iOS 13.3.1. iOS 13.3 brought 12 new security patches to the iPhone and you can read about each one over on Apple’s security page.
The iOS 13.3 update also added support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in the Safari browser.
If you missed iOS 13.2, it had 16 new security patches on board. You can read about all of them on Apple’s website right here.
iOS 13.1.1 brought a security patch for a third-party keyboard issue to your iPhone. If you’re interested in the particulars, you can read about them over on Apple’s website.
If you passed on installing iOS 13.1, you get an additional patch with your iOS 13.3.1 update. You can learn more right here.
If you’re moving up from iOS 12, you’ll get iOS 13.0’s nine security patches with your upgrade to iOS 13.3.1. Read about those here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1 or any older versions of iOS 12, you’ll get their security patches with your iOS 13.3.1 update.
iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple’s iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone. If you’re interested in the specifics, you can read about them on right here.
In addition to those patches, iOS 13 itself comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improved anti-tracking features in Safari and the ability to get rid of location metadata in your photos.
You also now have the ability to block apps from using Bluetooth and the ability to allow apps to access your location just once.
iOS 13 will also send you reminders about applications that track your data.