Leaked iOS 14 code obtained by Simmyideas gives us clues about many details with what to expect from Apple’s upcoming hardware refreshes, including a new iPad Pro, iPhone 9, and AirTags. Apple is also developing a new Apple TV remote.
- iOS 14 will feature several big changes according to recent discoveries in leaked code, including a new way to display apps on the home screen.
- Designers have already come up with renders based on these leaks that show us what a list-based app arrangement might look like on the iPhone.
- The new iOS 14 home screen design could make it easier for iPhone users to interact with some of their favorite apps, and to access notifications.
We’ve also learned that Apple is developing a new augmented reality app for iOS.
Based on 9to5Mac code findings, Apple appears to be testing integrations with Apple Stores and Starbucks. For instance, users would be able to hold up their phone in an Apple Store and view information about the products on display, get pricing, and compare features.
The iPhone or iPad would know about what augmented reality experience to begin based on QR-code like tags in the area. It is possible that iBeacons or Apple’s AirTags could also act as the trigger.
iOS 14 will also include a new home screen list view option with Siri suggestions.
Furthermore, the list view will include several different sorting options and other details. For instance, you’ll be able to filter applications such that you see all apps that currently have unread notifications. There will also be support for filtering apps by recently used, giving you better awareness of the apps you use most and least often.
Finally, this new list view will include smart suggestions powered by Siri to suggest which applications you might be searching for based on time of day and location. For instance, the list view might recommend that you open the Music app when you arrive at the gym.
iOS 14 will also include a number of new accessibility features as well.
iOS 14 looks set to offer some major new accessibility improvements. Our code findings uncovered a new feature that will be able to detect important sounds like fire alarms, sirens, door knocks, doorbells, and crying babies. Presumably, iOS will translate these alerts into haptics for people who have hearing loss.
It’s expected that new iPhones released in the fall of 2020 will have the latest version of iOS preloaded with no option to downgrade.
iOS 14 Compatible Devices
iOS 13 dropped support for iPhone 5s and iPhone 6, two iPhones that are still very popular. Apple is not expected to drop support for any older iPhones in iOS 14. A rumor also says the same.
The following devices are going to be compatible with iOS 14:
- iPhone 12 series
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE
iOS 14 Release Date
Apple will follow the same release date cycle for iOS 14 as iOS 13 and older releases of the OS. This means iOS 14 will be officially announced at WWDC 2020 which will be held in the first half of June. The company will also release the first iOS 14 beta on the same day and then release a new beta build every few weeks.
The final build of iOS 14 will be released to the public in September along with the launch of the new iPhone 12 series.