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Apple extends iOS 14 beta to all

Apple is giving everyone the chance to use the public beta of iOS 14.

The upcoming update to the iPhone operating system is confirmed to include new ways to customize the Home Screen, discover and use apps with App Clips, and stay connected in Messages, plus there was recently rumors of a new way of paying for items by scanning QR codes.

And now, the tech giant is giving users the chance to try out the update early in exchange for providing them with feedback.

However, Apple has provided the following warning: "Please note that since the public beta software has not yet been commercially released by Apple, it may contain errors or inaccuracies and may not function as well as commercially released software.

"Be sure to back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and your Mac using Time Machine before installing beta software. Since Apple TV purchases and data are stored in the cloud, there's no need to back up your Apple TV.

"Install the beta software only on non-production devices that are not business critical. We strongly recommend installing on a secondary system or device, or on a secondary partition on your Mac."

iOS 14 is due to launch with the new iPhone 12 later this year.

The extension to all users comes after sources told 9to5Mac, the hotly-anticipated operating system will give users a whole new option for processing digital payments.

According to the source, code for the feature was hidden in iOS 14 beta 2.

An image showed two options of purchasing, using the camera on the iPhone to scan the code or simply scanning a barcode.

The QR option means the money is taken from the Wallet app, whilst the standard barcode comes out of the credit card registered on Apple Pay.

Despite the report, Apple's recent WWDC 2020 had no mention of this feature.

Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, has said: "iOS 14 transforms the most iconic elements of the iPhone experience, starting with the biggest update we've ever made to the Home Screen.

"With beautifully redesigned widgets on the Home Screen, the App Library that automatically organizes all of your apps, and App Clips that are fast and easy to discover, iPhone becomes even more powerful and easier to use."

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