Developers get very first iOS 14, macOS Big Sur, iPadOS 14 betas

Developers get very first iOS 14, macOS Big Sur, iPadOS 14 betas


First betas of iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur and more all debuted Monday.
Developers already got their hands on pre-release versions of all the software updates from WWDC 2020.
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WWDC 2020 Apple unveiled major updates for all its operating systems at WWDC 2020 on Monday, and already released the first betas of them all. That includes iOS 14, macOS Big Sur 11, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7 and tvOS 7.

The general public won‘t get their first taste of these new updates until July, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Plenty of new features in early testing

The annual Worldwide Developers Conference is when Apple gives a sneak peek at its OS upgrades. And developers can start testing the new features.

Mac users will see a big design overhaul in the next iteration of macOS, which is version 11. iPhones are getting Home screen widgets, picture-in-picture support, and more in iOS 14. iPad users will be able to use Apple Pencil in place of keyboard in iPadOS 14. And tvOS 14 adds picture-in-picture support.

iOS 14, macOS 11, etc. just for developers

Only paying members of Apple’s developer program got access to all these new betas on Monday. But if the pre-release versions introduced at previous WWDCs are any indication, these are really unstable. Not anything an average user should install.

With their full debut still months away, the only reason Apple introduced these versions today is so devs can ask questions while the Developers Conference is going on.


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