On 3rd of March, 2020, Apple seeded the fourth beta of their iOS 13.4, iPadOS 13.4, tvOS 13.4, and macOS Catalina 10.15.4 to their developers, just a week after releasing the third beta. The first beta was released on 5th February, the second was released on 19th February and the third beta was released on 26th February 2020. The pace at which things are going, the public launch of this update can be expected any time soon.
Users can download the iOS and iPadOS 13.4 from the Apple Developer Center once the developer profile has been properly installed. Besides, Apple is also planning the over-the-air operating system recovery for a few iPhone devices. If you’re a user of iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, you can install the beta over the air by making use of the configuration profile.
iOS and iPadOS 13.4 is expected to bring several new features to the devices.
First and foremost, Apple addressed the complaints of consumers with the Mail layout in iOS 13. So you will get a new Mail App toolbar for viewing an email with this update. The new update has moved the reply icon away from the delete icon, thereby reducing the chances of accidentally deleting an e-mail. Apple has also added Compose and Folder icons to its Mail app.
iCloud Folder Sharing, which was first announced at the WWDC last year, will also be available with this update. This feature will show real-time updates to users. So every file that you change will sync with the devices of all the people with whom you’ve shared the folder.
Apple has also added nine new Animoji and Memoji stickers in this update. The emojis include the shocked face, rolling eyes face, angry face, face with hearts and more.
With iPadOS and iOS 13.4, users will also get some new TV app setting apps, which will let them control downloading and streaming over cellular network or WIFI. There’s also an all-new data saving option, for those with limited internet plans.
Apple may also introduce CarKey API in this update, which will allow users to lock, unlock, and even start a car that has NFC capabilities using their iPhone. Users can even assign the keys to friends or family, through the Messages App. Please note that Apple has not announced this feature yet.
The other small changes expected from this update include keyboard shortcuts for the Photos app, new call controls in CarPlay, a new Shazam shortcut action, option to remap the hardware keyboard connected to the iPad and more.
Note: Please do not install betas on their primary devices as you could face data loss and other issues.
Update: Apple has now put out the public beta counterparts and can be acquired from the Apple Beta Software Program website.