Apple's new iOS 14 and iPadOS 14
Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET

24hr.tech - Apple is releasing major new software updates in the fall for iPhones and iPads, and now you can download prerelease versions of them for a test-drive. Apple's new iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 public betas can be installed for free on any recent device, but be forewarned, there are bugs.

Apple unveiled its new software in June at its Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC, which was held entirely online this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite Apple's employees being forced to work remotely to avoid the spread of the virus, the company said they cooked up new features long requested by users and available on competing phones powered by Google's Android software. Those features include adding small widget programs on the home screen, the ability to change default email and web browser apps and picture-in-picture video for the iPhone while using other apps.

"We're making it even more powerful and easier to use," Apple's head of software, Craig Federighi, said while announcing the new software. "This year, we spent time rethinking some of the most iconic elements of the experience on iPhone."

While the new features are fun to try, these public betas aren't meant for everyday use. The company frequently reminds people who download the software that it may contain errors, that it could suddenly stop working and that it could lose your data. Apple advises the adventurous people who still want to use it to install the beta software on a device that isn't "business critical."

Apple's public betas for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 aren't the only software the company plans to make available ahead of its fall releases. Apple is also planning to offer its first public betas of the new WatchOS software for its Apple Watches and MacOS Big Sur for its desktops and laptops later this month. The software can be downloaded from Apple's dedicated beta website, and will run on the iPhone 6S (2015) and up, the iPad Air 2 (2014) and the Apple Watch Series 3 (2017) and up.

Here are all the biggest changes coming to iOS and iPadOS so far.



Title : You can try iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 early if you don't mind the bugs
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