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Apple releases third betas of iOS 14, iPadOS 14 to public testers

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Apple on Thursday released the third beta versions of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 to members of its public software testing program.

The third public beta builds can be downloaded up from the Apple Beta Software Program website to those signed up to take part in the program. The public versions usually follow a short time after their developer beta counterparts, and the latest round comes two days after their developer counterparts.

The iOS and iPadOS 14 betas make major updates to the Home screen and app interface, refreshes Messages and Safari, makes major changes to Siri's interface, adds features to Maps, includes Sound Recognition alerts, and introduces of CarKey, among other changes.

Apple has yet to release third public beta builds of watchOS 7, tvOS 14 or macOS Big Sur.

AppleInsider, and Apple itself, strongly recommend users don't install the betas on to "mission-critical" or primary devices, as there is the remote possibility of data loss or other issues. Instead, testers should install betas onto secondary or non-essential devices, and to make sure there are sufficient backups of important data before updating.