Apple has released the first developer beta of iOS 14.3, which suggests a number of features for iPhone users. These include the ProRAW photo format for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, a new home app, and the option to consider Ecosia as the new default search option. The beta version of iOS 14.3 also suggests Cardio Fitness notifications for Apple Watch users. In addition, the new beta version contains references to Apple’s rumored over-ear headphones, as well as the highly anticipated AirTags.
As reported With 9to5Mac, the first developer beta of iOS 14.3 offers the option to activate the ProRAW format. It can be accessed by walking through it the settings > camera > Formats. Once activated, a new RAW switch will appear in the top right corner of the camera app. All you have to do is tap this switch to enable or disable ProRAW format for your photos.
It’s important to note that ProRAW is limited to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The format essentially combines Apple’s computer photography and multi-image image processing with the traditional advantages of the RAW format. This improves the image results and makes editing easier.
In addition to ProRAW, the first beta version of iOS 14.3 includes the new Home app, which you can use to natively install software updates for third-party HomeKit accessories. This means that you don’t have to go into your HomeKit accessory’s dedicated app to install the latest updates on your iPhone. The experience is as natural as installing updates for the HomePod using the 9to5Mac home app Reports.
The beta version of iOS 14.3 includes Google, Yahoo, Bing and DuckDuckGo in addition to the existing options. The new beta update also includes the ability to receive Cardio Fitness notifications on your Apple Watch. Apple had teased low cardio fitness notifications for later that year. However, you only need iOS 14.3 on your iPhone and watchOS 7.2 on your Apple Watch for the latest experience.
With iOS 14.3, Apple also started suggesting third-party apps to users during the setup process of a new iPhone. 9to5Mac Expectations that the latest beta code has clear evidence of the new change.
Apple may not bring third-party app suggestions to all users worldwide and will implement the change for limited markets first. The code reportedly reads, “Continue to display apps available for download, in accordance with local government requirements.” This could help the Cupertino company better negotiate in the ongoing antitrust and anticompetitive lawsuits.
The beta version of iOS 14.3 also includes an icon for Apple’s 9to5Mac over-ear headphones Reports. The headphone icon was visible in a pairing video of the Find My app in the latest beta. according to MacRumors author Steve Moser.
New pairing video in the Find My app in iOS 14.3 Beta 1, codenamed Hawkeye, provides hints on the support of Apple tags and new Apple over-ear headphones. pic.twitter.com/oVdCLQcaWc
– Steve Moser (@SteveMoser) November 12, 2020
Apple had previously suggested its new headphones, rumored to be AirPods Studio, via two different icons that were available in an early version of iOS 14. These icons were available in black and white, suggesting the hues of the company’s rumored internal headphones.
If we look at the rumor mill, Apple should introduce its retro-styled, oval-shaped, over-ear headphones. The headphones should hit the market later this year, although there’s no official announcement confirming the launch.
In addition to the headphones, the beta version of iOS 14.3 also contains references to the existence of the AirTags. There is a hidden area in the Find My app with the code name “Hawkeye” which is used for both AirTags and third-party tracking accessories such as Tile, says 9to5Mac.
The Find My app in the latest iOS beta reportedly includes a guide for users to set up tracking tags for their accessories like bags, suitcases, and key chains, and find them right from the Find My network.
According to the details available through the Find My app code, users can track their AirTags and other tracking tags offline even when they are offline via a Bluetooth connection. Some audible alerts could also be generated to help locate lost items associated with the tracking tags. The code also suggested that AirTags in particular could be linked to an Apple ID to increase security.
Details on the launch of AirTags have yet to be announced. However, the references available in the beta version of iOS 14.3 suggest that it may only be a matter of time before they launch.
Apple just sent iOS 14.3 beta to developers for testing purposes. However, there is no word on when the new update would hit the general public.
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