Apple releases second betas of iOS and iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur, watchOS 7 and tvOS 14 to developers

    Second beta of iOS and iPadOS 14

    Apple releases second betas of iOS and iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur, watchOS 7 and tvOS 14 to developers

    Apple officially unveiled iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 last month during WWDC 2020. Moments later, it released the first developer beta version of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 along with macOS Big Sur, tvOS 14, and watchOS 7.

    Today, the company has released the second developer beta builds of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, and they’re available to download on compatible iPhones and iPads.

    Registered developers can download the beta over the air after installing the proper profile from the Apple Developer Center.

    Both iOS and iPadOS 14 introduces a redesigned Home Screen that supports widgets for the first time, plus widgets have been redesigned and can now be customized in three sizes through the new widgets gallery.

    watchOS 7

    Apple also seeded the second beta of watchOS 7 to developers, the newest version of the watchOS software designed to run on the Apple Watch. The second beta comes two weeks after Apple released the first beta following WWDC.

    The Apple Watch operating system watchOS 7 brings with it Sleep Tracking, new watch faces, watch face sharing, as well as new workout options.

    watchOS 7 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update. To install the new software, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the iPhone.

    macOS Big Sur

    Apple today seeded the second beta of macOS Big Sur to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after releasing the first beta following the Worldwide Developers Conference.

    The macOS Big Sur beta can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center and once the appropriate profile is installed, subsequent betas will be available through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences.

    As with all of the new betas, Apple recommends not installing macOS Big Sur on a primary machine because it is early release software and could have major bugs.

    macOS Big Sur brings a refreshed design to the Mac operating system, overhauling the entire look from the curvature of the window corners to the dock icons to the system sounds.

    tvOS 14

    The Apple TV’s tvOS 14 adds the Home app, along with incremental changes to HomeKit Secure Video and Apple Arcade.

    Registered developers can download the tvOS 14 beta onto the Apple TV through a profile installed using Xcode.

    tvOS 14 adds a Picture in Picture mode, a feature that lets you watch movies or TV shows, in a small window in the corner of the screen while you do something else on the Apple TV.

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