It was also riddled with bugs to an extent that longtime Apple fans noticed and complained about, all thanks to a software testing procedure that has been getting long in the tooth. All the new and untested features used to be folded into one big daily build with a disparate level of readiness, resulting in a myriad of bugs been carried over from the first alphas into the final retail release, as many an iPhone or iPad owner became painfully aware after the iOS 13 release.
New iOS 14 features to expect on release date
Starting with iOS 14, however, Apple’s head of software development Craig Federighi will require all buggy and unfinished features to be turned off by default in the daily builds, and the testers can then choose to flip the switch at will, resulting in a much more streamlined process, ensuring everyone is on the same page.
The new system is already employed in Apple’s next iOS 14 edition development, codenamed “Azul,” as it is expected to be one of the most feature-rich software upgrades in Apple’s history – you know, the first 5G iPhone and stuff – so Apple wouldn’t want a repeat of the iOS 13 rollout fiasco.
In fact, Apple is now so adamant to focus on the quality of the new software features it releases, tipped insiders, that it is considering putting some of those it intended to ship with iOS 14, off for the “Azul+1” project, which will likely end up as iOS 15 in 2021.
So, what new features can we expect Apple to release with iOS 14 in 2020? Here’s a preliminary list:
- Homescreen customization with widgets and smart dynamic wallpapers
- Change default apps and partial installation with ‘Clips’
- AR Maps
- Offline Siri
- PiP for videos
- Fitness app
- iMessage retraction and typing indicator
- Find My app with AR mode and location triggers
- Blood oxygen levels for Apple Watch
These are just some of the rumored new iOS 14 features, and there is plenty to look forward to. We know what you are most excited about, though, the rumored homescreen customization that iOS has been badly lacking for a while.
Leaked screenshots purportedly show that iPhone users will be able to browse through default wallpaper separated into collections with choices like “Classic Stripes,” “Earth & Moon,” and “Flowers.” Another screenshot shows a “Home Screen Appearance” feature similar to the one found on the Apple Watch. Users will be able to create smart dynamic wallpaper for the home screen, but perhaps the biggest thing would be resizable widgets.
It makes sense, if the widgets are of different size, as otherwise you won’t be able to notch a high score for the ensuing Tetris game on the home screen. If you want to see how the new features may look like with all that jazz, look no further than the concept iOS 14 video at the top.