iOS 14 Beta 2 Features & Changes! New Icons, Widgets & More

by birtanpublished on November 26, 2020

hey what's up guys Sam here welcome back to another video checking on Iowa's 14 at beta 2 today it's alpha developers now if you want to look for the pollak beta it's not here just yet so keep waiting Apple said it is coming sometime in July but still the only official way to get your hands on this is through a beta and in this beta beta 2 for iOS 14 Apple's added a lot of cool stuff new icons new widgets and a ton of other goodies in between so if you guys are excited for the video drop a like down below hit subscribe for more let's take a look at all the new changes and

Features in the update right off the bat let's start with this one I have no idea why this is a feature but somebody over on reddit found you can't install new iOS 14 updates yeah if your plain audio I mean I don't know why Apple couldn't just cut it like they always have I don't know I think this was kind of kind of goofy I hope it's a bug because I don't actually understand any reason why you couldn't update so I mean just watch out if you guys are playing music so look at the things like this you're gonna say wait a minute you're using clickbait there are no icon changes

You're making this stuff up well let me show you here buster before you get all riled up there are actually a couple here first is the calendar icon I'm gonna flash what the old one look like up on screen just so you can get a little before-and-after but yes it's different it's abbreviated Tuesday and I think the number in the in the middle is a little bit more bold than it was before and speaking of things being a little bit more bold well let's take a look at the new clock icon as well another comparison just to go ahead and help you out here but the hands are ever

So slightly thicker and I think the numbers can be thicker as well so those are the two icon changes I know it's not the iOS 14 at you I icon redesign we were hoping for but they are subtle and they're here and next up let's continue with these comparisons because I think this makes it most easy to see you'll notice immediately the reminders and notes widgets are a little bit different so not only is there a background behind emojis on the reminders icon to the iOS 14 beta 2 update also notes there's new folder icon honestly I'd totally prefer the old one I love the translucency in

It some reason they decided to make it a little bit less translucent and they've done this in a lot of places around the operating system you're gonna notice as well when you go into home right year again on I was 14 beta 2 at my right hand they've made it very legible but there's some that I really dig about this translucent design it's like you know I I get you guys are doing design changes but are they in the right places and this has also been a little bit different these squares are a bit larger in beta 2 and I was 14 beta to some users are seen larger home icons and

Control centers so for example I don't see it here on my iPhone 11 but on my iPad pro I am seeing it so you may see a larger icon right there that could expand into favourites otherwise you might just see what you're used to seeing from the get-go next up this one is huge you no longer have to only use Apple music on the home but it seems Spotify it will finally be supported this comes courtesy of Matt over on Twitter right here and you can see primary service its editable I mean which is a huge deal the home pod has been locked down for three plus years

The fact that they're finally opening it up is it's a great sign of things to come Apple is still going to add a clock widget in the future it just isn't here in beta 2 yet however you do have access to a brand new files widget and you can actually edit more than just this view I believe there's a larger one as well just go into your widgets UI picker and then if you scroll down you can find files now and look there are two options one is the one I've got my home screen now pretty tiny pretty compact and then this one which just has a ton of stuff

All at once and you can see there's really not a great place to put it on my home screen but by far my favorite tweak to widgets in this update is that this button changes color based on what would you're looking at so weather for some reason I thought I'd pick blue it picked black but for example if I tap on podcasts you can see it now color matches to purple one you're gonna find this pretty much everywhere for news it's gonna pick the news icon right there if you go down even further say for batteries oh look it's a green like that I mean

It's really subtle but I'm a huge fan doesn't work at every single area but in most of them they're updated now and they just look fantastic so you can see in calendar right here it color matches to red let me know what you guys think about this one down below and running out the widget stuff you've got small you've got medium and now on iOS 14 beta 2 you have large so for the first time ever if you want just a giant photo on on your lockscreen they this sort of rotates out I mean you can do that if if you want to do that it's just really big instead of

Any app that requires location services and you've turned them off in the app is trying to get to them it's going to give you this new banner up here at the top and then if you tap on that you do get this notification right here it's like you could turn it on right now because that's really what we want or you can keep it turned off and eventually I think if you go back into the app yet again it'll change an appearance after a while to be a little bit more subtle than super bright blue this isn't actually a new feature in bated soo but if you go into jiggle mode right here

Everybody's favorite mode on the iPhone and then click on this click like we're on the iPhone if you tap on that you can actually edit and hide homescreen pages I didn't know this is a feature until just now you can actually hide it so like if I go back in here uncheck it and then hit done it's gone but it's not in the app library so it'll actually remove this stuff from there so yeah if you go back into jiggle mode tap on that again and then re-enable it to see it so like your apps are still there you're just hiding that page which is something that I didn't know when I was 14 but again

Not new particularly in this beta in the app library on Iowa's 14 beta 2 you now have the option to delete things immediately before you just had to remove and then tap on delete now you can just tap to eat right from here it's essentially the same number of steps but the text is a little bit different and you'll also see this reflected on the home screen if I tap and hold on something like this it will now say remove a pin both places but this text is a little bit different in iOS 14 beta 2 it says removed from home screen which will add it to the app library but this

Just says directly add to library instead of the music app Apple has made some awesome changes to plain stuff so when you actually tap on this or tap skip rewind fast-forward it's got haptic feedback so obviously that's not something I can demonstrate but just imagine you know a little bit of haptic force when you're pressing really subtle it doesn't overwhelm you at all and it's a nice touch I hope we see more haptic feedback in other parts of the operating system and also in the music app on the now playing page I think you have to question where you are

In life if you want to disable this but you can see the animated background right here it used to only be in the lyrics view now it's on the main now playing page but for some reason if it's bothering you you just don't like it you can actually head over to settings now to fix things up so just head over to settings scroll all the way down to music and there's a brand new tab in here for motion you can turn it off so that'll just give you something more stand still which is cool I guess but just not a school and there's also the option to

Enable it on Wi-Fi only as well as it does say it actually will have some effect on your battery life or if it doesn't have your network connection stable so you got that option to end music when viewing an album right here you can see it's the less Spacey and more organized it seems like they made everything proper again there was like this random link space on beta 1 where it's like hey what are you guys doing out there so now you can actually view things as they should be viewed and beta 2 nice to see Apple is putting in the hard work for big changes and small

Changes alike also music there's a tweaked tab bar right here somebody put this very nice shift together over on reddit so thank you for this you can see in beta 2 things move around just a little bit some things get bigger somethings get smaller no idea what apples you know mythology was but I mean you can clearly tell there is some big brain stuff happening here that we just didn't have invade it one next step inside of whether Apple has made a couple changes in beta 2 as well they slightly tweaked this bar and what it says down here so it says more data from

The Weather Channel now it doesn't seem like that data is coming from the Weather Channel any longer and if you scroll down even further at the very bottom before it we just say that's the weather for your area because Apple acquired dark sky it says the exact street because that was a feature from dark sky so again sort of bringing the weather app and parity with dark sky even though I still feel like this design needs a lot of work like whether you're on beta one related to it's just a lot to look at it once I wish there was like an expand area or somebody to

Collapse this and I was 14 beta 2 here on the right you can see there's a brand new family sharing icon and you can actually see this reflected in the next panel on both operating systems interestingly so like you get the same image whether you're on beta 1 or beta 2 here although it's clearly optimized for beta 2 but yeah that's a closer look at the new icon for iCloud paste notifications right here you can see the banner is a little bit smaller it was 14 I know in a way so let me give you a standstill image so you can actually see what's actually happening

And I was 14 mated to also specifies which device so it just used to say pasted from another iCloud device but now you know exactly where you're pasting from so it says specifically from Sam's MacBook Pro it's a 16 inch model by the way inside of the fitness app whenever you're trying to use some more information about your day this is how it looked in beta 1 and then on your I'm gonna flash a screenshot of how it currently looks in beta 2 I would show you in person but I don't have my Apple watch connected to my iPhone with I was 14 beta 2 so shout out to this user over

On reddit who shared it initially instead of phone preferences and I was 14 beta 1 here's how things look but it's been updated with some fresh icons and beta 2 one green one and one red one I mean might as well call this one Christmas this one you got a really zoom in on an intently focus on to see it's a revamped charging icon on iOS 14 beta 2 so on the top is made of one on the bottom is beta 2 and you can see that the top one is a bit more beta than the bottom I like the more rounded edges I like the way it looks and it appears the icon could be ever so slightly bigger

Out here so I mean really getting down to the detail here but I mean that charging icon you better watch out because its back and better than ever I'm really diggin picture-in-picture in iOS 14 obviously he news YouTube in Safari to make that work and then let me tap on it here on I was 14 beta 2 before if I double tap you can see you only got two sizes you're looking at McDonald's you get the large fry or you got the small fry but I've always asked where is the medium fry I want my medium fry so you can double tap once I look at that

Double tap twice go to large this is a really cool feature again somebody found this over on reddit because I mean I don't even know how you test for this one or find it but it's really cool because there is that in between size that I thought I would find myself using way more than super small or super big but you got the option for all three now and I was 14 beta 2 next up in reminders beta 2 actually goes in a further wrong direction for the date and time picker you know how you have to like type in the exact thing you want now it's very I'm not used to it that's all I can say

About that well in beta 1 you still had the old picker and reminders I was like okay so you know maybe I wasn't fully set but now like every single place on your iPhone it's got this new picker so you know pour one out for this because it's making me sad out here I miss the old picker a lot it doesn't seem like Apple is gonna be bringing it back well I was 14 baited one when you have an app offloaded it doesn't actually tell you that it's not on your phone if you're in this UI right here which is like the ListView inside of the app library and I was fortunate it – it does let you know

That that is offloaded and you do actually have to download it before it starts up so it's just clear to know what's on your device and what not and I was 14 Safari offers a new track you know or privacy report and before the websites obviously worked it now for trackers themselves you can see it's enabled and I was 14 beta 2 so before it's like you're gonna be out here you know your meets happen for a minute you're gonna get frustrating or gonna try again it's never gonna work on beta 1 so it's actually enabled in the first

Place on beta 2 no next step for bug fixes and improvements I can tell you right off the bat that iOS 14 beta tudi obviously feels better than beta 1 and they don't want to already felt really good but just a couple I want to cover here because they were kind of annoying is like in the widget picker right here I'm beta 1 you would see that icon a lot that's been completely fixed in widgets in general feel even better than they did in beta 1 the wallpaper view inside of settings has been corrected as well so beta we often show these icons right here now in beta 2 you can see exactly

Looking at you know maybe we don't want the largest weather icon of all time it also seems to me that I was 14 beta 2 fixes the wallpaper saturation bug and this is something it's been having on the iPhone for a long time I'd love to hear your guys's feedback down below but if you noticed sometimes when you update your iPhone the wallpaper seems a bit faded it doesn't seem to pop out at you as much I've notice invaded – it appears to be more crisp than it has this one discovered by 9 to 5 Mac is hidden inside of iowa's 14 rated – currently

But it shows that in the future you'll be able to use Apple pay to make payments with QR codes and you can see if you zoom in on this a little bit further that well there are some different barcodes on there one is like a standard one is a QR code and then it's obviously trying to hold your phone near it so Apple is working on this it's not available yet but it will probably be coming sometime later this year – iowa's 14 if any other changes are discovered I'll be sure to update the blog post over on my website so before you click off the video check over on

The post and who knows you might have seen a couple of things there that I didn't talk about the video because you know you can't edit a video once it's on YouTube alright that's all for the video hope you guys enjoyed it hope you learned something new if you did drop like down below and hit subscribe for more I'm in Sam I'll catch you in the next video

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