iOS 14.3 Public Beta 2 is now available for all Apple Beta Program participants and brings with it a few new surprises, including one that’s going to be quite welcome for all you home screen modders.  

What’s New?

The first thing that just about anyone under the age of 20 did when they installed iOS 14 was start customizing their home screens via Shortcuts. The problem? Customized app icons launch the Shortcuts app before it takes you to the app. Not an ideal setup. 

That behavior changes in iOS 14.3 Public Beta 2. Now, when you click a customized icon, you’re taken right to the app and the Shortcuts app announces itself via a banner at the top of the screen. It’s a much more elegant process and one that dedicated customizers will welcome. 

Other tidbits (culled from the initial beta release) include:

  • Apple ProRAW is now available for iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max devices.
  • AirTags and AirPods Studio references are still available if you know where to dig. 
  • The Home app finally lets you update your HomeKit-enabled hardware without having to open the third-party app. 
  • Ecosia, the eco-friendly search engine, is now an option in Safari
  • If you’re also beta testing watchOS 7.2, you’ll now see Cardio Fitness notifications that warn you when your cardio fitness drops low enough to adversely affect your VO2 max. 
  • App Clips can now be launched by scanning a QR code with the camera.
  • Air quality health recommendations are now offered for some regions including the US, UK, Germany, India, and Mexico.
  • Third-party apps are now offered during setup in certain countries to comply with antitrust laws. 

What’s Broken/What’s Fixed?

Still nothing this week other than the fixed issue with the Require Authentication setting in the Home app. There had been a problem with ProRAW capture, but that’s been resolved as well.

There may be one or two other items in the official release notes but unless you’re a developer, they won’t affect you. 

What’s Next?

iOS 14.3 Public Beta 2 is a great entry point to the world of beta testing. There are no listed issues and a couple of fun changes to test out. 

Whether next week’s U.S. Thanksgiving holiday will have an affect on the beta schedule remains to be seen. It’s possible that we’ll see the beta drop on Tuesday or Wednesday before the holiday. We could also see Public Beta 3 slip to the week after. 

Either way, I don’t expect iOS 14.3 to stay in beta for much longer. There are no real bugs to fix and its possible that this release could be setting the stage for the “surprise” hardware release in December that Apple keeps teasing. 

If you’re interested in getting started with beta testing, keep reading to see how! 

How Do I Install The iOS 14.3 Beta?

Go to the Apple Beta Program home page and sign in to the site with the device you want to enroll in the beta. Go to the iOS 14 tab, then scroll down to Get Started and click the Enroll Your Device link. There you’ll have the option to download the profile to your iPhone. Once you get the confirmation pop-up, head over to the Settings app.

At the top of the app, click the Profile Downloaded section at the top and verify that you want to install the profile. Then restart your iPhone when prompted. 

Once you reboot, go to Settings > General > Software Update and download and install iOS 14.3!

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