Apple has released the first developer beta of iOS 14.3 which suggests a series of features aimed at iPhone users. These include the ProRAW photo format for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, a new Home app, and an option to consider Ecosia as a new search option by default. The beta version of iOS 14.3 also suggests Cardio Fitness notifications for Apple Watch users. Additionally, the new beta also includes references to Apple’s on-ear headphones as well as the highly anticipated AirTags.
As reported by 9to5Mac, the first developer beta version of iOS 14.3 offers the option to enable the ProRAW format. It can be accessed through Settings> Camera> Formats. Once enabled, a new RAW toggle will be visible in the top right corner of the Camera app. You just need to press this toggle to turn ProRAW format on or off for your photos.
It is important to note that ProRAW is limited to iPhone 12 Pro ₹ 129,900 and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The format essentially combines Apple’s digital photography and multi-image image processing with the traditional advantages of the RAW format. This improves image results and makes editing easier.
Along with ProRAW, the first beta of iOS 14.3 brings the new Home app which allows you to natively install software updates for third-party HomeKit accessories. This means to install their latest updates on your iPhone you won’t have to go to the dedicated app of your HomeKit accessories. The experience is as natural as installing updates for the HomePod through the Home app, reports 9to5Mac.
The iOS 14.3 beta also includes Ecosia as the default search engine with existing options, Bing, DuckDuckGo, Google, and Yahoo. The new beta update also offers the ability to receive Cardio Fitness notifications through your Apple Watch. Later this year, Apple had teased Low Cardio Fitness notifications. However, you just need iOS 14.3 on your iPhone and watchOS 7.2 on your Apple Watch to get the latest experience.
With iOS 14.3, Apple also started suggesting third-party apps to users during the process of setting up a new iPhone. 9to5Mac claims the latest beta code contains clear evidence of the new change.
For all of its users, Apple might not offer third-party app suggestions globally and initially implement the change for limited markets. The code reads, “In accordance with regional legal requirements, continue to view available apps for download.” This may help the Cupertino company to better negotiate in the ongoing competition and competition lawsuits.
The beta of iOS 14.3 also includes an icon suggesting Apple’s on-ear headphones, 9to5Mac reports. The headset icon was visible in a pairing video from the Find My app in the last beta, according to MacRumors contributing writer Steve Moser.
Apple had previously suggested its new headphones, which would be called AirPods Studio, via two separate icons available in an early version of iOS 14. These icons were available in black and white, suggesting the hues of the company’s internal headphones.
If we look at the rumor, Apple was supposed to unveil its on-ear headphones with a retro look and oval shaped ear cups. The headphones were due to debut later this year, although no official announcement confirms its launch.
Besides the headphones, the beta version of iOS 14.3 also includes evidence of the existence of AirTags. There is a hidden section in the Find My app with a codename “Hawkeye” that could be for AirTags as well as for third-party tracking accessories, including Tile, 9to5Mac says.
The Find My app on the latest beta of iOS would show a guide to users to allow them to set up tracking beacons on their accessories such as bags, suitcases and key chains and find them directly through the network. Find My.
Depending on the details available via the Find My app code, users may be able to track their AirTags and other tracking beacons even offline using Bluetooth connectivity. Some sound alerts can also be generated to find lost items related to tracking beacons. Additionally, the code suggested that AirTags in particular could be logged into an Apple ID for added security.
Details on the launch of the AirTags have not yet been revealed. Still, the benchmarks available in the iOS 14.3 beta suggest that it may only be a matter of time before they launch.
Apple just released the beta of iOS 14.3 to developers for testing. However, it is not known when the new update will reach the general public.