Two weeks after WWDC 2020, Apple has released the second betas of iOS 14, macOS Big Sur, and watchOS 7 to the developers. Apple introduced a lot of changes to these operating systems at its annual developer conference, WWDC. This was the first time Apple hosted the event virtually. Be sure to check out our top 5 WWDC 2020 announcements.
Craig Federighi said that iOS 14 will be available to public beta testers sometime in July, but as of right now, that version has not been released. You can check out Apple’s public beta program here.
iOS 14 Developer Beta 2
With the Developer Beta 2, Apple has changed the Calendar app icon, with the day now abbreviated. For example, Tuesday is now displayed as ‘Tue’. The Clock icon has also been updated with the thicker hour and minute hands.
Apple has also added a new Files app widget that can be added to the Today View or the Home Screen. A bug where the Weather widget changed it’s location to Cupertino has now been fixed. Apple has removed the ability to open .shortcuts files in the Shortcuts app.
Other minor changes include the ability to disable the animated cover art in Apple Music. The ‘Remove’ option in App Library has been renamed to ‘Delete’. iOS 14 will now notify you when you connect to a WiFi that doesn’t use a Private Wi-Fi Address.
macOS Big Sur Developer Beta 2
macOS Big Sur introduced a major redesign to Apple’s widely popular operating system. macOS shares the same design elements to that of iOS with rounded corners, a control center, and square icons.
With the Developer Beta 2, Apple has introduced some new icons that fit nicely with the redesign. Apple has now added Apple Pay support for Catalyst apps with macOS Big Sur beta 2. According to Apple, developers won’t have to make big changes to get Apple Pay working in Catalyst apps and Macs running on Apple Silicon will work with Apple Pay automatically from day one without any changes to the code.
watchOS 7 Developer Beta 2
In addition to the release of macOS Big Sur and iOS 14 DB2, Apple has also released watchOS 7 beta 2 to developers. watchOS 7 brings new features like Sleep Tracking, new watch faces, fitness improvements, hand-wash counter, and much more. Today’s release brings more stability to these newly added features.
All of these software updates can now be installed on your Apple device via Settings/ System Preferences.