15 September 2020 22:33
Apple's next major software upgrades for the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV are almost ready. At today's "Time Flies" event, the company announced that iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, along with the latest watchOS and tvOS updates, will start rolling out on Wednesday, September 16th. As of today's event, app developers hadn't yet received the completed golden master (GM) builds of these updates, so Apple's software release schedule seems oddly rushed. iOS 14 brings widgets to the iPhone home screen for the first time, gathers all of your apps into a new App Library, and adds picture-in-picture mode (which had already been available on iPads). iPadOS 14 won't let you put widgets anywhere you want on the home screen, but it does build upon what you can do with the Apple Pencil.
These apps are small in size and integrate with Apple Pay. Users can then opt to download the full version of the app from the App Store. As group messaging grows on iMessage, Apple took inspiration for new features from one of the leading workplace messaging services. WORK Apple announced new updates to group chats, including the option to pin the most important conversations to the top of the list of messagesand mention others in group chats, similar toUsers will get a notification that they've been mentioned. It teased a new tool that will allow people to use an iPhone or Apple Watch to unlock and start their car. The next generation of the technology will let users unlock cars without taking their iPhone out of their pocket.
Apple's digital car key will only work with a new BMW model to start. Apple's popular wireless earbuds will more seamlessly switch between devices and audio. The pricier Pro version will now have a new feature called "spatial audio" that aims to replicate a surround sound or movie theater experience. The new Translate app can translate text and audio in 11 different languages, including English, Spanish, French and Mandarin. The app can translate in real time when two people are speaking different languages to an iPhone. Apple's new translation app works in real-time. The Picture in Picture feature allows users to keep watching a video or take a FaceTime call while switching to other applications, such as iMessage. Apple is finally addressing a major headache for users: Incoming calls will no longer take over your screen on iOS devices, including iPhone and iPad. Instead, they will appear as a banner at the top of the screen. In its latest move, Apple will give users the option to only share their approximate location with apps, rather than precisely where they are. In the App Store, users will also be able to see a summary of privacy information from an app before downloading it. And apps will have privacy "nutrition labels" showing how much or how little data they collect, such as location, browsing history or contacts. Apple not only announced the Apple Watch Series 6 and the more affordable Apple Watch SE, a new iPad Air and an updated eighth-generation iPad on Tuesday. The iPhone-maker also announced the latest software updates for the iPhone (), iPad () and Apple Watch would be available on Wednesday, Sept. iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and WatchOS 7 include several new features and benefits, ranging from a new app library and widgets on your home screen to tighter privacy features and iMessage improvements. Before you start mashing the update button to install iOS 14 and iPad 14 when they're officially released, there's some housekeeping you should do on your iPhone and iPad to make the update process go as smoothly as possible. Below is everything you need to know about the upcoming iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates, including a checklist of what you need to do to get your phone or tablet ready. Now playing: Watch this: Apple announces 8th-gen iPad When will iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 be available? Apple normally releases updates around 10 a.m. PT, if you're looking for a more specific time. When it comes time to update software or upgrade your phone, take a few minutes to go through and delete what photos and apps you don't want or need from your camera roll and installed apps. Our phones are a digital junk drawer of sorts, collecting random screenshots, photos, videos and single-use apps. Taking a few minutes to clear it out helps free up storage, shortens the amount of time you'll spending waiting for it to backup, and even save you some cash if you're paying for extra iCloud storage just to keep it backed up. If you can help it, you should never update your iPhone or iPad without a current backup. The last thing you want to happen is an update to fail, then you're left setting up your phone as brand new. It's best to do this step right before you start the update process, that way the information stored in your backup is as current as possible. You can backup your devices using iCloud, using Finder on Mac, or iTunes on a PC. That said, if you're out of iCloud storage space or prefer to have more control over your device backup, then you can use your computer. If you have iCloud backup turned on, your device should be backing up each night while it's charging and connected to Wi-Fi. However, you can force a backup at any time by going to Settings> tap on your name> iCloud> iCloud Backup> Back up now. Speed up the process by plugging your phone or tablet in to a charger and connecting it to a Wi-Fi network to prevent mobile data use and killing your battery in the process. If it's been awhile since you've backed up your device using a Mac, the process has changed. With the death of iTunes last year, you'll now have to use Finder to create a backup. It distills down to connecting your device to your Mac, opening it in Finder and then clicking a couple of boxes to start a backup. Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET You can still use iTunes, just like you always have, to back up your mobile Apple devices. Before you start, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed. The rest of the process consists of selecting your device in the iTunes interface and starting a backup. Doing so will backup all of your email accounts and app passwords, saving you from having to enter those whenever you have to restore your phone. Now that you have your phone backed up and all of the random junk and clutter removed, install iOS 14 or iPadOS 14. Once it's installed, check out some of our favorite features, including the new homescreen that includes widgets--that you can customize.