iOS 14, iPadOS 14 public beta is now available. Review the new features

We can't try CarKey until a compatible car is available.

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2020年07月10日, 午後 02:37 in egmt

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.

Finally, Apple is launching the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 public beta today.

They're designed to find problems ahead of the official version this fall, but anyone can try them out, even non-developers, as long as they register for the Apple Beta Software Program.

The new features of each operating system have already been introduced at June's developer conference WWDC20 and on the official preview page, but let's take another quick look at them.

iOS 14

The official preview page is here.

Home Screen Revamp and App Library


The first major feature of iOS 14 is the revamped home screen. The widgets have been redesigned to allow you to check more information at a glance, and you can choose various sizes as well as free placement on the screen.

And at the end of the home screen, an "App Library" has been added. All the apps you own are automatically sorted into categories, and the apps you use most are placed at the top. One tap and you can open it immediately.

Picture in Picture


Like the iPad, which was already supported, you can watch a video or continue a FaceTime call on your iPhone while using another app. You can easily move around and zoom in and out with your finger in small video windows, and you can pause, play, or go back to the app in full screen.

Translate app


A brand new translation app is now available for 11 different languages (English, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Portuguese and Russian).

Turn your iPhone sideways and tap the microphone button in the middle to speak what you want to say and it will translate in real time. Text is displayed and can also be played back as audio. It also works completely offline, so no internet connection is required and the privacy of the translation is protected.

AirPods Pro supports spatial audio


The new Spatial Audio feature allows you to hear advanced sound from 5.1 and 7.1 channel surround to object-based stereophonic Dolby Atmos. You'll be able to enjoy the experience of being in a movie theater wherever you are. Dynamic head tracking has been added to detect even the orientation of your head, so when you turn your head or move your device, it is processed so that the sound source is heard from the correct position.

App Clip

App Clip is a compact version of a part of an app. When you scan a QR code or NFC, you can download only certain features, not the entire app, and use it immediately when you need it.

For example, it means you can "just hold it up" to rent a bike, pay for parking, or order food, for example. And since it can be integrated with Apple Pay, it's easy to make a payment.


Enhanced privacy


Until iOS 13, there were two options to "provide" or "not provide" location data for each app, but a new third option, "share only approximate location data", will be added.

A button will appear in the notification asking developers of apps that continuously track location data to stop getting it, and for camera and voice recording, there will be indicators that visualize "which apps are using the camera/microphone".



You can now use your iPhone as a car key. Register your car key in the Wallet app, unlock the car with your iPhone and turn the engine on. You can easily share the key with your friends and family via the messaging app, and you can limit or cancel the sharing to a temporary basis.

Not only the convenience, but also the security surpasses that of a physical key. For example, even if you lose your iPhone or Apple Watch that you've registered your data with, you can disable it via iCloud.

Of course, not only the iPhone, but also the car will need to be supported. At WWDC, it was announced that it will be available on the 2021 BMW 5 series, and BMW explained more features and how to use it in more detail.

Default browser and email can now be changed


Finally, you'll be able to change the default settings for your iPhone and iPad's web browser and mail app. The long awaited "default browser to Chrome" and "default mailer to Gmail" will finally be "lifted".

Prior to the announcement of this feature, it was reported that the U.S. Congress had taken issue with the iPhone's "closed system of locking out third-party apps from default settings," but at any rate, it seems that the persistent desire of some to unify the standard apps on PC and Mac with those of the iPhone and iPad will be fulfilled.

iPadOS 14

The official preview page is here.



New features for the Apple Pencil. Now you can handwrite directly into any text field in the iPad app. Your writing is automatically converted to text (English and Chinese are supported). Whether you're writing a message or searching in a web browser, you'll never let go of your pen and it won't stop the flow of your work.

If you want to rewrite a word, just rub to erase it, when you want to select a word, just select it with a circle to easily copy or move it. When you copy and paste your handwriting into another app, it will be converted into text.

And if you draw a line by hand, it becomes a straight line. Even polygons and arcs are automatically shaped and transformed into the ideal shape when you're done drawing.

New widgets, improved messaging, enhanced Siri, and the ability to change the default browser and mail are common to iOS 14.

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.


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