When is iOS 14 out and how can you take part in beta tests?

Apple have announced that a new operating system, iOS 14, is on the way.

At the company’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) – hosted digitally for the first time ever – the tech giant said the new operating system will introduce a new AI-powered App Library for users to more easily find and organise the app icons on their phone’s screen, as well as widgets on the home screen, the ability to watch videos in the corner of your screen while you do other things, and digital car keys.

Here’s what we know so far about when you might be able to test iOS 14 and when the final version will be available to the wider public…

When is iOS 14 coming out?

Apple has said that the customer beta tests will be happening sometime in July, but no specific date has been given yet.

As such, there’s also been no release date for the final version, but, judging by previous years, there’s a good chance it will be rolled out along with the release of the new iPhone 12 in September.

As for compatible devices, the iPhone 6S and any iPhone released after that model came out in 2015 should get the update when it’s available to the wider public later this year.

These compatible iPhones include:

  • iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone SE
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X
  • iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (second gen)

Ben Wood, chief of research at analyst firm CCS Insight, said: ‘Taken in isolation, some of the updates – particularly those in iOS 14 – are simply catching up with features already available on other platforms.

‘However, taken together they make it clear that this is a very significant WWDC that sees Apple redoubling its efforts in software and hardware integration, and in privacy.’

‘The new App Library function will be a huge improvement for people drowning in pages and pages of apps. Many iPhone owners already default to a quick swipe down to search for the app they want. Having the apps you use most regularly displayed on the home screen according to your location, the time of day and frequency of use will make a huge difference.’

How to get involved in the iOS 14 beta test

Developers can download the iOS 14 beta test for developers from today, however you will need a paid developer account and you might find you have to put up with bugs.

The same bug caveat goes for the public beta, which is not yet available.

If you’re interested in taking part in the public beta when the time comes, you can sign up on the Apple website.

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