Apple is set to unveil the next iteration of the iPhone operating system – iOS 14 – at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June. So, what can you expect from this release? We’ve gathered together all of the latest information about the upgrade, including expected new features, which models will be compatible and when you can expect it to appear.
When will iOS 14 be available?
Traditionally, Apple announces the feature set for the new version of iOS at WWDC in June. This is then usually followed by the software being made available to coincide with the release of the flagship iPhone models in September, but there’s also a public beta which lets anyone try out the update on their iPhone from mid- to late June.
Last year we saw iOS 13 revealed at WWDC on 3 June 2019, then arriving on 19 September 2019, a day before the iPhone 11. We expect a very similar pattern to be true this time around when the iPhone 12 models appear.
Which iPhone models will be able to use iOS 14?
There has been heavy speculation that iOS 14 will be available on all the same models that were compatible with iOS 13. While this has yet to be confirmed, the wide range of outlets reporting the possibility makes it look very promising indeed.
So, if all goes as the rumours suggest you’ll be able to use the new iOS 14 with the following devices;
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6S
- iPhone 6S Plus
- iPhone SE
Of course, the new update will also be available on any new handsets Apple launched in 2020 including the rumoured iPhone 9 / iPhone SE 2 and iPhone 12 models.
What’s new in iOS 14?
Here’s what we’ve managed to find out from the rumour mills so far.
iOS 13 has been something of a rollercoaster ride for users in terms of reliability. The OS has received, at the time of writing, eight updates so far addressing bugs and problems, which is above average.
Due to this, there are strong rumours that one of the main focus of iOS 14 will be overhauling the operating system and restoring the solid performance that has been the hallmark of iPhones for many years.
Changing default apps
Another popular rumour, and one we’d very much to see become a reality, is the possibility to change the default apps on iOS. Apple has always made its own software the ones that open when you click a link to send an email, open a webpage, get directions to an address, or want information from a voice assistant.
It seems that Apple might be intending to change this practice so you can set the default app yourself should you prefer Gmail over Apple Mail and so on.
Apple has yet to include 5G capabilities in its iPhone range. For this feature to appear in iOS 14, it would mean that at least one model in the new iPhone 12 lineup needs to include 5G technology. So, if we see this feature announced at WWDC it will be an indicator of what’s come on the hardware side in September.
For more on this rumour, read Three 2020 iPhones said to have 5G chips.
New UI tweaks
A few reports have emerged of Apple potentially moving away from the card-style window that opens up when you want to switch between apps. Instead, iOS 14 could adopt a grid-style graphic similar to that found on iPadOS. It would make sense to bring the two systems into some kind of harmony, so users switching between devices would find familiar layouts, so we think this one could become a reality in September.
Evidence of this comes from 91mobiles which posted a ‘leak’ video on YouTube showing how the feature works in what is thought to be a very early development version of iOS 14:
Hopefully there are some headline features for iOS 14 that we don’t yet know about. If not, it looks to be very much a quality-of-life update rather than anything really exciting.