Start testing exciting new iOS 14 features with first public beta

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WWDC 2020 brought iOS 14 with iPhone home screen widgets, hurray!
Put widgets wherever on the home screen you like in iOS 14.
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After giving developers access to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 betas in June, Apple on Thursday let the general public test prerelease versions, too.

The are significant upgrades, packed with features that won‘t be available in non-beta form until autumn.

Get your iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 public beta today

Apple’s public beta releases are typically a little more stable than developer versions — that’s why we have to wait a little longer for them. They’re still not entirely free of bugs, but they’re an option for anyone willing to take the risk to try the new features now.

iPhones are getting Home screen widgets, picture-in-picture support and more in iOS 14. This update automatically sorts all your apps in the new App Library so you don’t have to. There are also improvements to Siri and new features in Messages.

iPad users will be able to use Apple Pencil in place of a keyboard in iPadOS 14. Plus, the Home screen widgets from iOS will carry over to iPad, but only in a limited way.

Sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program

Signing up to try pre-release versions of Apple operating systems requires joining the Beta Software Program. But it’s easy. Visit the official website, click the Sign up button, and log in with your Apple ID.

For more details, don’t miss the Cult of Mac guide on how to sign up for the iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and watchOS 7 public betas.