A host of upgrades are being added to iPhone operating systems this year.
The blockbuster iOS 14 operating system from Apple will add swathes of new features when it is released in the autumn.
But if you can’t wait that long there’s a simple way to try out all the exciting new tricks before almost everyone else.
Apple previews its new software through its public beta programme in the months prior to the big release and iOS 14 will be no different.
This allows users to download the new version of iOS long before it’s pushed out to millions of iPhone owners, reports the Express.
Apple has launched a dedicated web page which offers the chance to sign up for news of this release.
“New public betas for iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur, tvOS 14 and watchOS 7 are coming soon.
“As a member of the Apple Beta Software Program, you can help shape Apple software by test-driving pre-release versions and letting us know what you think. If you’re not already a member, sign up today,” Apple states on its site.
However, this is not the finished software.
Apple makes it available early so users can report bugs, incompatibilities, or glitches found in the early software to enable it to sort the issues before release.
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The tech giant advises that users should not download the iOS 14 beta on their primary smartphone. Instead, to avoid any phone-crashing nightmares, the software should be installed on a secondary iPhone.
If you are happy to proceed then it means you’ll get play with some big new features months early and those who have signed up for alerts on the public beta release will be the first to hear the release news.
This is what’s new in iOS14
Widgets have been introduced to transform the homescreen with everything from weather and emails to activity levels and music. These information-packed squares can be changed to any size and users can add as many as they like.
Apple is also an App Library which allows you to hide those endless apps filling up your phone without actually deleting them.
Other updates include easy-to-organise group chats and fun new ways to spruce up Memoji characters with additional hairstyles, headwear and accessories.
iOS 14 also brings picture-in-picture video to the iPhone for the first time. Users will be able to watch TV, while they surf the web or chat with friends on WhatsApp.
Instead of downloading a dedicated application for every takeaway order or cinema ticket purchase, Apple is now letting users access the most important part of the app straight from the homescreen.
App Clips will make it much faster to interact with a range of products and services.