Your Apple iPhone could get its biggest change in years within weeks

Apple revealed its blockbuster iOS 14 upgrade, which features one of the biggest changes we’ve seen to the iPhone since its launch, back in June. The latest software upgrade finally allows users to add information-packed widgets, including health data, music playlists, and calendar appointments on display amongst the grid of apps on your homescreen for the very first time.

This is a change that many users have been called for and means Apple finally catches up with Android, which has long featured the ability to customise the homescreen from a simple grid of icons.

Widgets aren’t the only new addition in iOS 14, with other extras including improved group chats in iMessage, an upgraded Health app and something called App Clips. Instead of downloading a dedicated application for every takeaway order or cinema ticket purchase, Apple’s App Clips lets you access the most important part of the app straight from the homescreen. Again, this is something that Android users have been able to do for some time – but with every restaurant and pub worldwide now moving from paper menus to QR codes and app ordering, the timing of App Clips couldn’t be better.

“iOS 14 transforms the most iconic elements of the iPhone experience, starting with the biggest update we’ve ever made to the Home Screen,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With beautifully redesigned widgets on the Home Screen, the App Library that automatically organizes all of your apps, and App Clips that are fast and easy to discover, iPhone becomes even more powerful and easier to use.”

So, when will this new software be available on your iPhone? Well, that’s an interesting question as Apple usually releases its big iOS upgrades during September. For example, in 2018, iOS 12 was pushed out on September 17 and last year saw iOS 13 released on September 19.

If the US firm follows tradition we should expect to see these new features arriving on phones around the 20th of this month. However, there is a possibility that, for obvious reasons, things could be delayed in 2020.

Apple has already confirmed the launch of its new iPhones could be pushed back until October – or later. Speaking during the latest earnings call, Apple’s Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri warned shareholders that sales of its next handset won’t be included in its next financial quarter, which runs until late September.

“Last year we started selling new iPhones in late September, this year we expect supply to be available a few weeks later,” confirmed Maestri in the earnings call.

It’s unclear if Apple will still release iOS 14 in September despite no new iPhones arriving in stores but it seems far more likely that they will wait until the big keynote takes place which now looks likely to be in October. We’ll have to wait and see what happens but expect more official news on a full iOS 14 release in the coming weeks.

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