iOS 14: Features, release date, how to install the beta, and everything else you need to know

As expected, Apple announced the next major revision to its phone operating system at its WWDC 2020 virtual developer conference. And as usual, the new iOS is full of features big and small. 

This story will be periodically updated, and we will break down everything you need to know about iOS 14: the significant features and changes, the beta test, the release date, and how to install the beta. Here is what awaits you when you update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS this fall.

A new home screen with the App Library

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One swipe past your last home screen is the App Library, where all your apps live, and are automatically organized.

Apple is finally changing the iOS home screen! With iOS 14, you’ll be able to actually remove apps from your home screens, and even eliminate entire screens.

Your apps will all remain in a new App Library, a page that is one swipe beyond your final home screen.

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The first two boxes show suggested apps based on your time and location and most recently used apps.

The App Library automatically groups all your apps together into big folders that show the most recently used apps within. You can search for apps with a search box at the top, see automated suggestions in the upper-left box, and recently used apps in the upper-right box. Folders will also be automatically organized by categories, like Social, Health & Fitness, etc.

It is a great way to clean up your iPhone’s home screen without losing access to all your stuff, and it is the most significant change to the iPhone’s home screen in years.

New Widgets on the Today view and home screen

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Widgets now come in lots of new shapes and sizes.

Widgets have been available on iOS for years, living in a simple vertical list of full-width boxes on the Today screen (that screen to the left of your first home screen).

With iOS 14, Apple will completely overhaul the widgets experience. The new widgets can have more information and a bunch of new sizes, but most importantly, they can be dragged right off the Today view and onto your home screen.