iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 launch Sept. 16

The wait is almost over for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.
Both iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 will debut together, on Sept. 16.
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The wait for the new iPhone and iPad operating systems ends on Wednesday. Apple announced during its September “Time Flies” event for new iPads and Apple Watch that it’ll introduce iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 to everyone on September 16.

The Golden Master versions of these upgrades went out to beta testers already.

iOS 14 brings Home Screen widgets

iPhones are about to get one the biggest user interface changes since 2007, because iOS 14 includes Home screen widgets. These give fast access to useful information, and can be positioned anywhere on the Home screen.<!– –>

If that were’t enough, the new version brings the new App Library, which automatically organizes every app on your iPhone into folders. Plus, there’s video picture-in-picture, a built-in language translator and more.

iPadOS 14 gets improvements, too

Apple added Home screen widgets to iPad last year, along with plenty of other changes in iPadOS 13, like mouse support. The changes were dramatic, but that means there’s less to offer tablet users in iPadOS 14.

Still, the upcoming version has plenty to offer fans of the Apple Pencil. With Scribble, a stylus can be used to enter text just by writing words into any text box. And iPadOS 14 brings better drawing tools, too.

What about macOS Big Sur and watchOS 7

Apple didn’t say anything during the Sept. 15 about a release date for macOS Big Sur. And it has released a Golden Master version to beta testers. It seems clear Mac users will have to keep waiting.

The release of watchOS 7 also didn’t get a mention at Tuesday’s event, but a Golden Master version of it is out for beta testers. It’s possible all Apple Watch users will receive this tomorrow.

The same is true for tvOS 14. The Golden Master is out, but a release date hasn’t been announced.