At today’s event, Apple also announced the availability of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, as well as tvOS 14 and watchOS 7. The new OS versions will be available to Apple device owners tomorrow, September 16. Interestingly, at the start of the show, the developers did not receive a pre-release GM builds of updates (they became available after the presentation), so Apple is clearly in a hurry.
All of the above new versions of Apple’s OS – iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, watchOS 7, as well as macOS 11 Big Sur (the release date of the latter has not yet been announced) – were presented at the recent WWDC developers conference.
IOS 14 introduces full-fledged custom widgets on the home screen and the ability to combine applications into “galleries”, the App Library with the function of automatically sorting applications into folders and directories, system-wide support for picture-in-picture mode for simultaneous video playback and launching applications, a compact calling interface (they no longer cover the entire screen), as well as App Clips – individual functional parts of applications in the form of cards that quickly launch without having to completely install the entire application.
The iPadOS 14 update brings all the innovations of iOS 14, as well as a few additional ones – the design of the application interface has been redesigned for the large tablet screen, and new functions have been added related to the Apple Pencil stylus (handwriting input in the search bar or notes is supported).
WatchOS 7 adds more watch faces, the ability to share custom watch faces, sleep tracking, and a handwash timer.
More details about the innovations of each OS can be found in our previous materials:
During the day of the presentation, Apple released a firmware update for AirPods and AirPods Pro headphones, which adds support for spatial sound (only for AirPods Pro) and the ability to switch between Apple devices (for example, when you call, the headphones can switch from computer to smartphone).