Last week, Apple released the first iOS 13.4 developer beta with fun and useful new features, such as nine new Memoji, an upgrade Mail toolbar, and the ability to control your NFC-compatible car via CarKey. To add to that, Apple just released iOS 13.4 developer beta 2 today, but does the update have any more new changes to be excited about?
Apple pushed out the update today (Feb. 19) at 1 p.m. EST (10 a.m. PST), the company’s standard beta update release time. It’s for developers only, but the public beta version may show up at 4 p.m. EST (1 p.m. PST) or, hopefully, no later than tomorrow.
So, what’s new in dev beta 2? Not too much, especially when compared to beta 1. According to Apple’s release notes, the QuickType Keyboard supports predictive input for Arabic and live conversion for Japanese and Chinese (Zhuyin). The update also fixes an issue where the Siri interface in CarPlay might not work as expected.
You can see the full release notes below:
The iOS & iPadOS 13.4 SDK provides support to develop apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS & iPadOS 13.4. The SDK comes bundled with Xcode 11.4, available from Beta Software Downloads. For information on the compatibility requirements for Xcode 11.4, see Xcode 11.4 Beta 2 Release Notes.
General – Known Issues
- After a user views specific app settings and then returns to the main Settings page, the Settings app might quit unexpectedly. (59124369
- To install iOS 13.4 beta 2 using the Restore Image, first install Xcode 11.4 beta 2.
CarPlay – Resolved Issues
- Fixed an issue where the Siri interface may not appear as expected. (58685659)
Keyboard – New Features
- QuickType Keyboard now supports predictive input for Arabic.
- QuickType Keyboard now supports live Conversion for Japanese and Chinese (Zhuyin).
- Keyboard now supports Swiss German layout for 12.9″ iPad layout.
Keyboard – Resolved Issues
- 12.9″ iPad layouts for several languages now match the hardware keyboard layouts accurately.
Location Services – New Features
- When an app requests Always authorization for the first time after having previously been authorized for While Using the App, the device immediately presents the location authorization prompt. (57106235)
Photos – New Features
- New keyboard shortcuts are available in Photos on iPadOS, which allow you to quickly navigate between tabs, search, and create albums. While in full screen mode, you can also delete, duplicate, and enter Edit mode using a keyboard. (57195967)
Photos – Known Issues
- Photos might not sync as expected to Apple Watch. (59324590)
RealityKit – Resolved Issues
- The code-generated loading methods load Reality Files. (58925510)
SwiftUI – New Features
- When using a NavigationView with multiple columns, the navigation bar now shows a control to toggle the columns. (49074511)
- The onDrag and onDrop modifiers are now available on iOS. (49661347)
You can compare beta 2’s changes to what we saw from beta 1:
- 9 New Memoji stickers
- An update Mail toolbar, featuring “Move” and “Flag” options
- Developers can now sell iOS and macOS apps as one purchase
- iCloud Folder sharing is back; Family Sharing integration is now supported in TV
- Third-party navigation and new call controls support in CarPlay
- Control Center on Home-button iPhones resembles the layout of Face ID devices, with network information in the top left and battery information in the top right
- When an app previously authorized for “While Using the App” location permission requests “Always” authorization, your iPhone will then show the location authorization prompt
- You can now create Shazam shortcuts
- A new “Always Listen for ‘Hey Siri’ ” option which will listen for commands even when your iPhone is face down or covered
- You’ll see a new temporary VPN Disabled icon in the status bar
- You can tell Siri to go to the home screen
- Apple Music lyrics identify instrumental sections with an ellipsis
To update your iPhone to iOS 13.4 dev beta 2, you need to be a registered developer. You can use the restore image for your iPhone available in the Developer portal (install with iTunes or Finder) or install the configuration profile, then update over the air. If you already have the profile installed on your iPhone, head over to Settings –> General –> Software Update to start installing the latest beta build, or you can wait until it installs automatically if “Automatic Updates” is enabled.