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Apple today seeded the fifth betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 13.4 updates to developers, one week after the release of the fourth betas and more than a month after the release of iOS and iPadOS 13.3.1.

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iOS and ??iPadOS?? 13.4 can be downloaded from the Apple Developer center or over the air once the proper developer profile has been installed. On the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, Apple requires the beta to be installed over the air using the configuration profile.

iOS and iPadOS 13.4 are major updates, bringing several major new features to the iPhone and the iPad. There's a new toolbar in the Mail app that's available when viewing an email, featuring a more logical design to address complaints about the Mail layout in iOS 13.

The update design moves the reply icon away from the delete icon, making it much harder to accidentally delete an email, and it adds Folder and Compose icons.

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iCloud Folder Sharing, designed to let users share folders in iCloud Drive with other people, is available as of iOS 13.4. iCloud Folder Sharing was first announced at WWDC last year, but it has taken Apple several months to implement it. The feature shows real-time updates so file changes will sync across the devices of all people with access to a specific folder.

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There are nine new Memoji and Animoji stickers included in the update, featuring emoji-style poses like shocked face, face with hearts, eyes rolling, and more.

There's a subtle but important change to the way the URL bar works in Safari. In iOS 13.4, you can tap into the URL bar right away even when a URL is highlighted, which is different behavior from iOS 13.3.1. In iOS 13.3.1, an extra tap outside of a URL was required to deselect it before it could be tapped to be edited.

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There are new Settings in the TV app that are designed to allow users to control streaming and downloading over WiFi and cellular, introducing new data saving options for those without unlimited streaming plans.

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There are hints of a new CarKey API in iOS 13.4, which would allow the iPhone to be used to lock, unlock, and start a car that has NFC capabilities. This functionality hasn't been announced by Apple as of yet, but it will iPhone owners to use their devices in lieu of a car key. Sharing features will also be available for assigning keys to friends and family members through the Messages app.

Code in iOS 13.4 also suggests Apple is working on an over-the-air recovery feature that would allow the iPhone and the iPad to be restored without the need for a computer.

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Though not an iOS specific feature, Apple with iOS 13.4, macOS 10.15.4, tvOS 13.4, and Xcode 11.4 is allowing developers to create apps with universal purchase support, which means Apple device users will be able to purchase one app that works across multiple platforms.

There are new controls for calls and third-party navigation apps in CarPlay, along with keyboard shortcuts for the Photos app, changes to location requests for apps requesting user location, a new Shazam Shortcuts action, options for remapping hardware keys of a keyboard connected to the iPad, and more.

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For a full list of all the new features that have been found in iOS and iPadOS 13.4, check out our dedicated what's new articles for beta 1 and beta 2.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Fifth Betas of iOS and iPadOS 13.4 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]
 
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iGeneo

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Maps has been weird on CarPlay for me. I’m on a freeway, but it shows me on the feeder. Weird. It’s off, but slightly.
I've had it display the maps screen without the options to search. Required me to tap on the screen to bring up that dialog
 
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scouser75

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Have they fixed Mail and reminders yet!!!!!

But seriously, on the day of EVERY BETA release, my Mail and Reminders sync absolutely flawlessly. Heck, even Calendar reminders Snooze as required!!!
 
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gank41

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Have they fixed Mail and reminders yet!!!!!

But seriously, on the day of EVERY BETA release, my Mail and Reminders sync absolutely flawlessly. Heck, even Calendar reminders Snooze as required!!!

I know there’s a bunch of Mail issues that not everyone is having, myself included, but for the most part almost all of my gripes and issues with Mail have been resolved throughout the 13.4 beta releases. Mail does still seem to wait until I actually open the app to update the folder, though. I’m seeing that occasionally in other apps like Safari and the Apple News app. Not sure the remaining issues are tied to the Mail app.
 

compwiz1202

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Maps has been weird on CarPlay for me. I’m on a freeway, but it shows me on the feeder. Weird. It’s off, but slightly.
Yes been doing that crap for weeks now. And of course it seems to only do it when we are away and not familiar with where to go. Never does it when I'm just using it for backup in case of a detour.
 
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scouser75

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I know there’s a bunch of Mail issues that not everyone is having, myself included, but for the most part almost all of my gripes and issues with Mail have been resolved throughout the 13.4 beta releases. Mail does still seem to wait until I actually open the app to update the folder, though. I’m seeing that occasionally in other apps like Safari and the Apple News app. Not sure the remaining issues are tied to the Mail app.

Personally, I don't mind waiting a few seconds for mail to download. Gosh, if one can't wait a few seconds, what has the world come to! I mean, what can possibly be so important!!!

But, the lack of sync for reminders between my Mac and iPhone is a problem as I heavily rely on reminders for my business (I have an atrocious memory!). The same applies to syncing of Calendar entries.

It seems Apple is catering more for the everyday market and no longer for the business market.
 

Ries

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Yes been doing that crap for weeks now. And of course it seems to only do it when we are away and not familiar with where to go. Never does it when I'm just using it for backup in case of a detour.

I've been having "Follow the road right" on a straight road and counting the exit on roundabouts wrong, it's off by one on multiple roundabouts.
 
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profets

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I can't believe they actually brought back the Flag icon for the mail toolbar in an early beta, only to remove it.

We have such large displays and so much screen real estate. Would it really kill them to have common mail functions visible?

Is flagging still hidden under that reply arrow?
 

PickUrPoison

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Personally, I don't mind waiting a few seconds for mail to download. Gosh, if one can't wait a few seconds, what has the world come to! I mean, what can possibly be so important!!!

But, the lack of sync for reminders between my Mac and iPhone is a problem as I heavily rely on reminders for my business (I have an atrocious memory!). The same applies to syncing of Calendar entries.

It seems Apple is catering more for the everyday market and no longer for the business market.
The new mail is already downloaded, but the inbox isn’t populated with those items until you switch to the Mail app. So you see them roll in.

Previous to iOS 13, new mail would already be in the inbox when you switched.
 

PickUrPoison

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I can't believe they actually brought back the Flag icon for the mail toolbar in an early beta, only to remove it.

We have such large displays and so much screen real estate. Would it really kill them to have common mail functions visible?

Is flagging still hidden under that reply arrow?
Instead of using the toolbar, just swipe right on the message body and you can flag it. (Swiping left gives reply, Mark as unread and delete icons.)

Those same options are also available in the inbox view, so you don’t have to open the message to flag if you don’t want to.
 
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profets

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Instead of using the toolbar, just swipe right on the message body and you can flag it. (Swiping left gives reply, Mark as unread and delete icons.)

Those same options are also available in the inbox view, so you don’t have to open the message to flag if you don’t want to.

I know, that's what I usually do. But I also tend to use flags of different colours (which was an awesome addition with iOS 13).
 
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nicho

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Instead of using the toolbar, just swipe right on the message body and you can flag it. (Swiping left gives reply, Mark as unread and delete icons.)

Those same options are also available in the inbox view, so you don’t have to open the message to flag if you don’t want to.

FYI this is a customisable setting, so that might not be the case for everyone if they changed it in the past...

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olives9

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Just curious, does anyone have a battery draining issue on their Apple Watch after updating to this (5th beta) on their iPhone? I have an Apple Watch 4 with an iPhone X.
 
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