Apple has released the first developer beta builds of iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 today. They are compatible with all the iPhones and iPads that run iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, respectively.
After releasing the stable build of iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 last week, the Cupertino-based company has released the first developer beta build of the next versions of its smartphone and tablet operating systems. Apple notes that the latest developer beta release is available for the iPhone 11 series using the Configuration Profile and that installation via Restore Image isn’t currently available.
The iOS 13.4 Developer Beta 1 brings a change to the toolbar of the Mail app. The reply and delete buttons are not further away from each other, clearing the confusion and reducing the chances of users hitting them accidentally. iCloud folder sharing, a feature that had debuted with the iOS 13 release but was later removed, is now back. Nine new Memojis have been introduced with the new developer beta update.
Apple has also introduced a new feature with XCode 11.4 that lets developers bundle iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS universal apps in a single purchase. It is being reported that there are new call controls and navigation controls for third-party apps. The CarKey API allows an iPhone or Apple Watch to unlock a car with NFC capabilities. The CarKey feature allows the sharing of the car key with others in the family.
With the iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 updates, Apple had solved a number of bugs, including fixes to Communication Limits in Screen Time, a problem of devices loading remote images even when the option was turned off in the Mail app, and multiple undo dialogs appearing in the Mail app.
The Always-On Location request prompt will be immediately displayed by apps that require the data. The Photos app now has more keyboard shortcuts on the iPad to switch between various sections and for operations like deleting a photo, entering edit mode, and to duplicate a photo. The Shortcuts app now has a shortcut to Shazam a particular song. Similar to macOS, iPadOS now has an option to remap hardware keys like Caps Lock, Command, Control, Globe and Option.
The iOS 13.3.1 and the iPadOS 13.3.1 updates had also fixed issues related to push notifications failing over Wi-Fi. The updates also offered an option to turn off the U1 chip and provided support for Indian English Siri voices for the HomePad just ahead of the smart speaker’s release in India.
If you’re registered to receive developer beta builds on your compatible iPhone or iPad, be sure to let us know any changes or improvements that you see after installing the newly released updates.