Given how many problems iOS 13 has brought since it was first released last month, it doesn’t come as a surprise that some Apple fans are already looking forward to iOS 14. Despite the many difficulties with every version of iOS 13 so far, through iOS 13.1.3, we don’t expect iOS 14 to be released until next September. However, there are plenty of rumors about it already circulating. We’ve gathered some of them here.
iOS 14 release date
Apple typically reveals some features of new versions of iOS at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, and developers typically start getting their hands on the earliest beta versions of iOS during or shortly after the conference.
There was a bit of confusion with the iOS 13 release schedule because Apple released iOS 13.1 instead of Beta 9 for iOS 13. At first glance, it seemed like iOS 13 was already ready for public release as early as the end of August. However, after it rolled out to the general public toward the end of September, it became clear that it wasn’t actually ready because it was riddled with bugs.
Given the break with tradition with 13, predicting the beta release schedule for iOS 14 may be a bit more difficult. However, we would expect the first public beta version of 14 to be released not very long after the first developer beta. Apple will then continue to release beta versions until the iOS 14 release date, which will probably be in the second half of September, possibly the third Thursday, which would be Sept. 18, 2020.
Of course, this depends entirely on when next year’s iPhones start landing in consumers’ hands because Apple usually releases new iOS versions the day of or the day before the release date of new iPhones.
Expected and suggested features
One of the big new additions to iOS 14 is expected to be support for 5G wireless technology. Of course, it still is early in the 5G game because mobile carriers are still building out their networks. However, that hasn’t kept smartphone makers from releasing devices equipped with 5G support — with a premium price tag to go along with the new feature even though 5G support currently doesn’t benefit very many people due to the lack of 5G networks.
One feature many Apple users would like to see is the ability to insert links into emails without simply copying and pasting the entire link. This would make sense from a business standpoint since more and more people are using their iPhones for work purposes and tasks. This feature could be added both in Apple’s own Mail app and in third-party email apps like Gmail.
The company would also do well to tweak its spam calls filter. The setting called “Silence Unknown Callers” sends any caller not in your list of contacts to voicemail without actually ringing the phone. However, it isn’t very practical because everyone gets some calls from numbers that aren’t in their contacts, and not all of these calls are junk. Some mobile carriers are offering their own spam call filters, but Apple could improve this feature by offering a number of options so you aren’t stock with all or nothing.
We would also expect iOS 14 to offer more augmented-reality features. Apple has been working on its AR features and ARKit for quite some time, but next year could be a great time to introduce even more AR features, possibly even with a new device like those AR glasses the company has long been rumored to be working on.
Split view concept for iOS 14
Earlier this month, a designer offered some ideas for another much-anticipated feature for iOS 14. The concept, shared via the YouTube channel Tech Blood, shows what split view could look like in Apple’s mobile operating system.
The concept shows what it might look like if an iPhone were capable of running two apps simultaneously side by side. It also demonstrates what it could be like to be able to drag and drop items from one of the apps into the other next to it. The idea is that the iPhone could have a hidden doc containing icons that could be pulled out to launch the apps next to one that’s already running. You can check out the full concept here: