One week after releasing the first public beta versions of iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4, the company has now released the second beta builds of its smartphone and tablet operating systems to registered developers.
Update: Apple has now released the second public beta of iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 to public beta users. Those who are registered to beta test iOS and iPadOS on your compatible smartphone and tablet, respectively, you should be able to download the update in some time from now.
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The iOS 13.4 Beta 2 and the iPadOS 13.4 Beta 2 updates have been released today to developers. If you’re a registered developer to test these operating systems, you should now be able to download these software updates. Apple had released the developer beta of iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 over two weeks ago.
This build of iOS 13.4 brings a redesigned toolbar in the Mail app. Earlier, the Delete and Reply buttons were at the far left and the far right, with the Flag button in the middle. Now, the Reply button has been moved to one place left, and the Flag button has been removed. There’s a Compose button on the far right.
The new version of iOS also reveals that the CarKey feature can be used to share digital car keys with your friends and family via individual messages through the Messages app. This would allow a person to lock, unlock, and start a compatible vehicle using NFC on the iPhone or the Apple Watch. Keys can’t be shared in group conversations for security reasons.
While there would be an Express Mode that allows a car to be locked, unlocked, or started without biometric authentication, it would generally require users to be authenticated via Face ID or Touch ID. Carmakers would need to equip their vehicles with NFC so that smartphones or wearables can connect with them. Apple’s Ultra Wideband feature would also be used in the CarKey functionality.
The TV app has also received new features related to video download and streaming quality. You can choose from Data Saver, Fast Downloads, and High Quality options for streaming and downloading videos over cellular or Wi-Fi connections.
The first beta versions of iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 brought the iCloud folder sharing feature, new Memoji stickers, and support for ‘Hey Siri’ commands even when a device is facing down. The Mail app had received a redesigned toolbar, which has been tweaked again in the second beta release.
The new CarKey API was a part of the release as well. It lets developers convert devices running iOS 13.4 or iPadOS 13.4 (or newer versions) into NFC-based car keys, and share them among friends or family members. The status bar is now visible in the Control Center section.
iPadOS 13.4 also brought support for keyboard shortcuts in the Photos app. The iPad’s hardware keyboard keys can now be customized. There is a new animation for an active VPN connection and an option to open webpages in the background in the Safari app.
Have you installed iOS 13.4 Beta 2 and iPadOS Beta 2 on your iPhone and iPad? Let us know any changes, improvements, or bugs that you notice with the new releases.