On Wednesday, December 16, Apple released its new developer beta for iOS 14.4, iPadOS 14.4, tvOS 14.4, and watchOS 7.2. These builds have all likely received bug fixed for the recent public release as well.
The Apple Developer Center is where beta testers and users can locate the latest models of each operating system, for all the devices in question that are enlisted in the testing program along with an over-the-air update on hardware that has already been utilizing beta software.
What To Expect
The time span of when the public beta model normally arrives, the time is shorter after the developer counterparts do, which are all a part of the Apple Beta Software Program.
The first developer builds of the model iOS 14.4, iPadOS 14.4, tvOS 14.4, and watchOS 7.2, do not contain any new features or improvements, according to the notes.
This particular beta cycle is following Apple's release of its latest software updates to the public.
Apple ProRAW, Apple Fitness+, and AirPods Max are all now supported by iOS 14.3 and iPadOS 14.3. Moreover, watchOS 7.2 now has optimized ECG functionality and VO2 Max measurements, with tvOS 14.3 updates including Apple Fitness+ and an improved AppleTV+ content explorer.
The previous version of iOS 14 was one of Apple's biggest iOS updates to date and was announced in June 2020 and released on September 16.
The first version to bring in the Home Screen design changes, updates to existing applications, optimized Siri, and a more streamlined interface overall.
The improved Home Screen design now featured support for widgets, which could be dragged from the Today section directly to the Home Screen and was able to be pinned in different sizes.
The Smart Stack feature allowed the iPhone to utilize on-device intelligence to produce the correct widget based on data points like location, time, and activity. Moreover, these Home Screen widgets are customizable for dividing into categories like work, home, travel, exercise, etc.
All of these widgets are placed together in the Today section, and there is also a widgets gallery that provides users allows to select new widgets, and customizer allows users as they see fit.
When it comes to the iOS 14.3 developer beta, Apple recommends to users they do not install these betas onto primary-usage devices because of the possibility of data loss and a host of other issues.
Alternatively, users who will be beta testing are encouraged to install the betas on devices that they will be okay with potentially losing data on, or secondary, non-essential devices.
To avoid data loss, you may want to ensure your devices have backups of the important data before choosing to proceed.
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The iOS 14 released with a variety of new features, including new widget design, a new built-in translate app, sleep tracking in Health App and more. These are designed to make your iOS experience cleaner yet cooler with its upgrades. iOS 14 truly separates the old-generation of iPhones from the new.
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