Apple iOS 14 at WWDC 2020: Expected release date and features

There’s nothing confirmed though but rumours have been floating on the web since months. So we compiled them, giving an idea of what can be expected.

| Updated on: Jun 21 2020, 14:23 IST
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Apple is soon expected to announce its biggest software update for all the platforms with new features and updates during its WWDC conference. While there will be an update for Apple TV, MacBook, iPad and Apple Watch, the most important will be the arrival of iOS 14. The new software version will be powering the iPhones. There's nothing confirmed though but rumours have been floating on the web since months. So we compiled them, giving an idea of what can be expected.

iOS 14 release date

Apple iOS 14, which is scheduled to get introduced on June 22, will likely be released later this year in September. The iPhone 12 series is expected to arrive with iOS 14, which will then be rolled out to older iPhones after a few days. Once the OS version is introduced at WWDC, it will be given to developers for testing. It often happens that the OS version reveals something about the upcoming iPhones as well.

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iOS 14 or iPhone OS?

Although many of us were thinking the next version to be naturally called as iOS 14 until last month, this month things changed a bit when tipster Jon Prosser hinted the OS version to be called ‘iPhoneOS'. We are hearing this for the first time but then it makes sense as well considering the naming scheme of other OS versions - watchOS, tvOS, macOS and iPadOS.

Something similar happened last year when Apple introduced iPadOS for tablets, leaving iOS exclusive to iPhones only.

iOS 14 features

One of the features that are expected to arrive in iOS 14 include the ability to view apps in a list, something that is done in Apple Watch. This will let them also view apps that are installed separately and reach to their apps faster using filters. Some home screen widget options could be there as well.

Apple was said to be working on a fitness app for the iPhone, Watch and TV. This can now be unveiled along with the new iOS version. The app is said to let users download fitness videos and mark them through workouts.

Messages might also get an update with a Slack-like mention system and retractable texts. Like we've seen on WhatsApp and some other texting apps, Messages may show typing status too.

An augmented reality app might make a debut too. As per the reports, this is codenamed as Gobi and will likely provide more information about locations around them. Some Apple-designed QR codes were also found inside the Gobi app.

In the camera section, expect a ‘Shot on iPhone' water mark option displayed on the side. Safari, on the other hand, may get the ability to read out text on the webpage.

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First Published Date: 21 Jun, 14:23 IST
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