iOS 14 rumor round-up: Everything we know and want to see so far
As usual, Apple is expected to reveal iOS 14 at WWDC 2020 later this year. The next version of the OS will hit hundreds of millions iOS devices in the fall, but we will certainly see iOS 14 unveiled at the dev-centric summit, whenever this one is scheduled to happen.
Thanks to a leaked test build of iOS that was obtained by 9To5Mac, we've been seeing some serious hints about the features that Apple is testing for the next version of the software.
iOS 14: Expected features
New interface option - List ViewThere will be a new List View for the home screen, which would list all of your apps. This will let you find the one you're looking for more easily, especially if you've got a ton of apps on your phone. It's unclear at this point if this List View will be an option to substitute the default grid view or merely a supplementary home page that will aid you in your experience.
New AR appApple is reportedly betting hard on AR, especially with its rumored AR glasses coming out in the near future. This new app will reportedly provide you with additional augmented information when pointing your phone towards certain objects. For example, pointing your iPhone towards other products in an Apple Store could give you detailed pricing and product features info. The same will reportedly apply to Starbucks stores as well.
Mouse cursorIOS 14 could bring a system-wide mouse cursor functionality, which will allow you to easily use external mice with your device. Technically, a similar functionality was added in iOS 13 as an accessibility option, but iOS 14 could be expanding on that by employing the same cursor features you could find on a Mac, for example. The iPad would greatly benefit from that feature as well.
More customizationCustomization has been the Achilles' heel of iOS for years, and by now people have learned not to expect the same flexibility that Android offers. Still, this doesn't mean that Apple shouldn't shake things up from time to time, and iOS 14 could definitely be a step in the right direction. Apple will reportedly allow third-party wallpaper apps to directly integrate wallpapers into the main Settings app of your iPhone in order to make customization easier and more natural. A number of award-winning #ShotOniPhone pictures could make it there as well.
AvailabilityEach year, the corresponding iOS update drops support for one of the older iPhones. For example, iOS 13 dropped the 2014 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from the support list and was only available on newer devices. Surprisingly enough, rumors are starting to pour in that iOS 14 will support the same devices that iOS 13 did. We expected the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to get dropped from the list of supported devices, but it seems that they could get yet another year of software updates thanks to iOS 14. This is still a rumor so take it with a grain of salt, yet even if it proves to be wrong, your iPhone 6/6 Plus will still do just fine even with iOS 13 on deck.
Here's what devices iOS 14 will most probably support: