Although in 2020 Apple’s WWDC postpones COVID-19 pandemic, launches of its latest operating system not delayed: as promised yesterday Time flies media event, the company has just released the final versions of iOS 14 and related operating systems for its mobile devices. The beta versions became available for the first time June 22, less than three months ago.
Users can download iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS 14 versions as system updates over the air for the same iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs that were able to run last year’s versions 13. watchOS 7 will also be available for purchase in the Apple Watch 3, 4 and 5 series, leaving the 1 and 2 series devices that will continue to run the watchOS 6.
The Apple Watch 6 and SE models will have watchOS 7 when they hit stores in Friday. The eighth-generation iPad and fourth-generation iPad Airs will include iPadOS 14 when they hit stores this week and in October.
While the iOS and iPadOS updates are quite significant, including updated home screen controls, various Safari browser enhancements, and in-device translation features, the tent TVOS and watchOS updates are smaller: tvOS has improved picture-in -picture functionality. , and watchOS adds sleep monitoring and a hand wash timer.
At yesterday’s Time Flies event, Apple also unveiled a collection of new watch faces running on supported devices, including a highly customizable Stripes analog watch that can display sports team colors, and Memoji, which automatically displays animated 3D avatar faces. created in iMessage. Surprisingly, a new Memoji app has been added to watchOS, allowing users to create new avatars from the small screen of the device.
Alternatively listed as the latest Apple macOS 11 or 10.16 Big Sur Mac OS will likely be released in October or November. Big Sur has a redesigned Finder with new icons and windows, an updated Safari browser with improved privacy protection, and increasingly overlapping iPad / Mac apps. It is also the first version of MacOS developed by Apple Silicon for ARM processors developed by Apple to provide a higher balance of power and performance compared to Intel chips.