As usual almost every week, Apple launched new betas yesterday. In this case, the first ones for iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4, in addition to the ones for the rest of the operating systems. What at first seemed to be a few betas without major attraction, have become one of the versions with more interesting developments after the launch of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 last fall.
All the new features in iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4
It will take several weeks for both iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 to officially land on all supported iPhones and iPads. It will probably be in mid or late March when this happens. Until then we will have time to investigate the betas for references to new products that the company will launch soon. But there will also be space to start enjoying some new products that have already started to be discovered and that we will analyze one by one below.
At the WWDC in June 2019 we learned about all the new Apple operating systems, which were subsequently launched in the autumn. However, there was one feature that we had not yet seen that is extremely useful . We refer to the possibility of working with shared folders in our iCloud cloud.
This allows us, for example, to better manage work or study issues with other colleagues. To do this, you only need to share the link to the folder with other users and that way everyone will have permissions to access, insert, edit and delete the files in that folder.
Universal apps for iOSiPads and macOS
For a long time, there was talk of an Apple project in which they intended to merge in some way the operating systems of the iPhone and iPad with those of the Mac. However, this did not happen as such. What came was the so-called Catalyst Project, which brought something similar, incorporating tools for developers that allowed them to create multiplatform apps from the same code.
In this context we now have the great novelty of being able to buy a multiplatform app in the same package. This means that you only have to pay for them once. Until now there were some applications that required different payments if downloaded on macOS and if downloaded on iOS and iPadOS as well. Now, this payment can be unified, which means a succulent saving in many cases. It should be noted that also in tvOS we can have these packs.
Probably the insertion of new Memoji is one of the less functional novelties, but they are one of those nice little things we like to use from time to time. Apple always releases new versions of these in intermediate versions of iOS, so it is not strange to find them in these new betas.
The existing catalogue was already wide, having not only animated emojis of animals but also the stickers customizable with our face. It is precisely these last ones that have been added to the catalogue, such as the surprise face, the lover’s face or with a MacBook in front of it.
Carplay, keyboard shortcuts and other novelties
Other less outstanding, but also very interesting, novelties are those related to Carplay. Now we can enjoy new call and navigation controls with third party apps when we connect an iPhone to our vehicle. A CarKey API has also been added which will allow us to lock and unlock a car with the iPhone or Apple Watch , although we will need to have a compatible vehicle to do this.
For the iPad, interesting shortcuts have been added for the Photos app , which will allow us to navigate comfortably through the interface. Among these shortcuts is the possibility of switching between search and album creation tabs, as well as being able to duplicate photos or enter editing options. Also in the app of Shortcuts stands out the possibility of being able to add one related to Shazam , very interesting when we want to know the title of a song that is playing. Also a small improvement when passing photos from the Mac to the iPhone we will notice an improvement in the fluidity.
In the location services we also highlight some new features regarding the request for an app to access our location. Now there will be new signs asking us to enable the “Always” option, even though we’ve chosen on another occasion to only collect our location when we use the app. This would be a result of a complaint from some developers after this option was limited in the first release of iOS 13.
Finally, and this is a visual novelty, we see how the native application of Mail has changed the toolbar. It has now considerably separated the delete mail buttons from the reply buttons, as it was causing some problems for some users who were pressing the button that was not accidental.
Do we recommend installing the betas?
We are always cautious about recommending the installation of a beta, as they can be unstable. It’s true that intermediate versions like these are usually more debugged than larger ones like the first iOS 13, but they can still cause problems.
Some of the most common bugs are unexpected restarts , app closures and higher battery consumption. This is not always and to all users, but there is a good chance that it will happen. Therefore, unless you are very interested in trying out these new features, we recommend that you follow the latest official versions which are iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1.
If you want to install these betas anyway, we recommend you to visit the tutorial in which we explain how to install a beta on an iPhone and an iPad.