iOS 14: release date, all changes, device list

Traditionally, Apple announces a new version of the mobile platform at the World Conference

WWDC developers. However, iOS 14 may be an exception, since WWDC 2020 may be canceled due to coronavirus. But this is not yet certain ... Given the popularity of apple software, there are already some important information about the firmware on the Web.

iOS 14

Thanks to the leak of the iOS test build received by 9To5Mac, we saw some serious hints on the features that Apple is testing for the next software version.

  • A new interface option is a list view. A new list view will appear for the main screen, listing all your applications. This will make it easier for you to find what you are looking for, especially if you have tons of apps installed on your phone. At the moment, it is unclear whether this presentation of the list will be an option to replace the default grid or just an additional home page that will help you in your experience.
  • New AR app. Apple is reportedly betting on AR, especially with the advent of its AR points in the near future. This new application is reported to provide you with additional advanced information when your phone is directed to certain objects. For example, pointing your iPhone to other products on the Apple Store may give you detailed pricing and product information. Reportedly, the same goes for Starbucks stores.
  • Mouse cursor iOS 14 can provide system-wide mouse cursor functionality, making it easy to use external mice with your device. Technically, similar functionality was added in iOS 13, but iOS 14 could extend this feature using the same cursor functions that you could find, for example, on a Mac. The iPad would also greatly benefit from this feature.
  • Superior HomeKit. Reportedly, the Apple HomeKit home control app will receive a small update that will allow you to change the color temperature of any smart light sources that you could install in your home.
  • More settings. For many years, customization has been the Achilles heel of iOS, and so far people have learned not to expect the flexibility that Android offers. However, this does not mean that Apple should not cheer us up from time to time, and iOS 14 can definitely be a step in the right direction. Apple is reported to allow third-party wallpaper apps to directly integrate wallpapers into your iPhone’s main Settings app to make customization easier and more natural.
  • List of compatible devices. Every year, an iOS update stops supporting one of the older iPhones. For example, iOS 13 removed the 2014 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from the support list and was only available on newer devices. Surprisingly, rumors that iOS 14 will support the same devices as iOS 13 are starting to spread more and more. We expected the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to be excluded from the list of supported devices, but it seems that they can get another year of software updates thanks to iOS 14. This is still a rumor, so take it with a high probability. even if that doesn't turn out to be the case, your iPhone 6/6 Plus will still work well even with iOS 13 on board.

Here are some devices likely to support iOS 14:

  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

release date

Apple usually publicly releases iOS over the airwith the iPhone every year, for a day or two. We expect this to happen sometime in mid-late September, as Apple is likely to schedule an official event to announce the iPhone 9, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max on the second Tuesday of the month.

In addition to the above, many users would also be happy to see the following in new software:

  • Redesigned incoming call interface. Incoming calls on iOS take up the entire screen. For example, in Android, some interfaces display incoming calls in the form of pop-up bubbles that do not occupy the entire screen and do not interrupt what you are doing right now. The updated call interface in iOS has long been one of the most sought-after features.
  • Default apps. It's already 2020, and Apple needs to keep up to date and give iPhone users more freedom. Although the standard iOS apps are decent, they are not the best, so Apple should allow us to install our own standard apps if we want to.
  • Picture-in-picture for iPhone. While the iPad can use the graceful PIP multitasking, the iPhone is left behind. It’s unfortunate that the large display of the iPhone 11 Pro Max can definitely accommodate a small pop-up video without any claustrophobic or cluttered feeling.
  • Advanced camera features. The latest iPhones automatically switch to viewing mode from the front camera to “group selfie” when you rotate them in landscape mode, but why stop there? Why hasn't Apple added a zoom feature for selfies? This, as well as standard manual controls, is certainly on our wish list for iOS 14.