Handson: iOS 14 beta 5 changes and features [Video]

Yesterday Apple released the fifth developer beta for iOS 14. Included in this latest beta are several new user-facing features, including an enhancement to the ability to hide specific photos in the Photos app. Watch our brief hands-on video walkthrough for the details.

What’s new in iOS 14 beta 5?

Hidden album in Photos app can now be “hidden”

In iOS, users can stash selected photos in this album by using the Hide option found in the Share sheet. Placing a photo in the Hidden photos album removes it from the prominent library areas of the Photos app.

In previous versions of iOS, the Hidden album would appear at the bottom of the albums tab, making these photos relatively easy to discover. With this latest change in iOS 14 beta 5, hidden photos become even more obscure thanks to an option to hide the Hidden album as well. In Settings → Photos, you’ll find a new toggle for Hidden Album that, when disabled, will cause the Hidden Album to be removed from the Albums tab of the Photos app.

You can now hide the Hidden album in Photos

Although this change is a nice addition to iOS 14, I think many users would appreciate having more granular security options revolving around the use of a passcode or Face ID. What do you think?

Video: iOS 14 beta 5 changes and features

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Time picker wheel returns in hybrid form

Another user-facing change that people might be happy about is the return of the time picker wheel interface. Up until now, iOS 14 had abandoned the haptic feedback-enabled wheel interface for keypad-based direct input.

In beta 5 both the direct input method and wheel style interfaces have been combined into one, providing the best of both worlds. Although I enjoy the hybrid setup, I found the tap targets for the wheel interface to be a little too small. Hopefully, Apple resolves this issue in a forthcoming beta release.

In addition to the two aforementioned changes, you’ll find the following changes and features included in iOS 14 beta 5 as well.

  • Remove photos from Featured photos widget
  • Expanded News widget with trending topics in Today View
  • Widgets request location access in 15-minute increments
  • New Exposure Notification onboarding
  • Exposure Notification availability alerts
  • New Shortcuts splash screen
  • New Shortcuts app symbols
  • Widgets blocked when parent app is blocked via Screen Time
  • Narrower folders
  • Faster response time for background colors in Music Now Playing interface

What do you think about iOS 14 beta 5? Sound off in the comments with your thoughts and observations.

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