iOS 14 Public Beta

Apple has today released three public beta of iOS 14 beta 2. I had powered up my spare iPhone, an iPhone X I hadn’t on sold, unusual for me.

I have to say my initial impressions of this first public beta is positive. Widgets, whilst consuming space on our Home Screen, can be useful. As you can see from how I’ve set up my first go of the Home Screen I’ve gone with just three widgets, being: podcasts, calendar and weather. At present there’s not much to choose from with iOS 14 under development, however I guess that situation will change with time.

My Home Screen with three widgets feels nice and clean. OCD ftw 🙌🏻

With the Home Screen sorted I got rid of my other screens which were just grouped collections of apps, instead relying upon use of App Library to auto categorise for me. As I discovered upon clicking one of the group tiles, clicking one of the larger icons appears to load this app, to open the group itself I needed to click the smaller icons in the bottom right. Having clicked the larger icon I inadvertently reinstalled an app I’d offloaded, so worth knowing how App Library functions there.

To open an App Library tile click the smaller icons, larger icons launch apps. If you’ve offloaded an app, clicking an icon will install, as I discovered 🤔

The translate app requires a little work yet, when used in landscape mode it doesn’t appear to show the translations for some reason, however rotate to portrait mode and they appear. This is a cool application and one I think will prove popular for travel, especially given the language download packs which allow offline mode.

A few works to show the translation in landscape mode, but a cool app

So far, this is looking a positive change over iOS 13 which has felt anything but. Note to power up the spare iPad Pro and test out scribble.

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