iOS 14.3 Public Beta Features: ProRAW, AirPods Studio, AirTags & More
Last updated on November 18th, 2020 at 07:05 amPosted in Reviews by Patricia on November 14, 2020
Apple has seeded the first public beta of iOS 14.3 and you can install it too, for free! All that you have to do is to download and install the iOS 14 Beta Profile on your iPhone or iPad. This will allow you to upgrade to iOS 14.3 Beta over-the-air from the Settings app.
iOS 14.3 beta enables ProRAW support for all iPhone 12 Pro models. It also hints to the upcoming AirPods Studio, Apple’s projected premium over-the-ear headphones. An icon found in the iOS 14.3 code depicts the potential design of the upcoming wireless headset. Additional code in the Find My app gives away Apple’s intention of releasing Tile-like Bluetooth trackers, rumored to be called AirTags.
iOS 14.3 beta could become increasingly popular among iPhone owners. That’s because, as new version are being released, Apple will include fixes for common bugs left unfixed in iOS 14.2. And there are quite a few annoying iOS 14 bugs that still need to be resolved!
How To Install iOS 14.3 Beta
If you already have the iOS 14 beta profile available on your device, from testing out previous versions, you can easily update to iOS 14.3 public beta over-the-air from the Settings app.
Fact: iOS 14.3 Public Beta 1 is 5,05 GB large. This is a significant software update that will take at least 30 minutes to complete. Plan it accordingly!
If you don’t have the iOS 14.3 beta profile installed perform the following steps:
- Install iOS 14 Beta Profile by signing-up or login-in to the Apple Beta Software Program website.
- Reboot iPhone / iPad when prompted!
- Download iOS 14.3 Beta OTA from Settings -> General -> Software Update.
- Install iOS 14.3 Beta after the package is downloaded and prepared for update.
Tip: A detailed step-by-step guide for this entire procedure is available here.
Fact: Do you encounter problems while updating to iOS 14.3? Check out these common troubleshooting tips for update stuck at Terms and Conditions, frozen on Verifying Update, or blocked at Preparing Update…
iOS 14.3 New Features
Here is a list with all the changes coming in iOS 14.3:
- ProRAW allows photographers to capture images in RAW and still take advantage of Apple’s noise reduction and multi-frame exposure adjustments.
Tip: to enable ProRAW, open the Settings app and scroll for Camera. Tap on Formats and enable the Apple ProRAW option.
How To: As mentioned, this feature works only on iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max devices. Use the RAW toggle available in the top-right side of the Camera app to activate or deactivate ProRAW mode. Photos captured with this setting are 25 MB large.
- New Search Engine – Ecosia is a new search engine that you can set as default in iOS 14.3 and iPadOS 14.3. Ecosia promises to plant threes in exchange of your searches.
How To: Open Settings and browse for Safari. Tap on Search Engine and select Ecosia from the list. The default search engine is Google. Others available are Yahoo, Bing and DuckDuckGo.
Tip: Do you know that you can change your default web browser in iOS 14?
- Beta 2 Features: App Clips code scanning and air-quality health recommendations. More details available here.
Fact: Did we leave something out? Don’t hesitate to comment this article and we’ll add it to the list.
iOS 14.3 Bug Fixes
Although it’s early to tell, iOS 14.2 Beta 1 doesn’t seem to include any iOS 14 bug fixes. We’ll update this section as the beta testing progresses and we discover bug patches.
Fact: If you noticed a fix don’t hesitate to comment this article and share it with us!
iOS 14.3 Release Date
It’s too early to tell when iOS 14.3 will be released to the general public. Due to the fact that the new software includes code related to AirPods Studio and AirTags, we can anticipate a 4th Apple event, which could be announced for the first part of December. Usually Apple releases major updates on Thursdays.
Potential iOS 14.3 release date candidates are: December 1, December 8 and December 15. Out of the bunch we favor December 8, which gives Apple enough time to launch, sell and ship the AirPods Studio and AirTags in time for the Christmas holidays!
Have you installed iOS 14.3 beta on your iPhone? What are you first impressions? Use the comments section and let us know.
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