Apple Seeds First Public Betas of iOS and iPadOS 13.4 With New Mail Toolbar, iCloud Folder Sharing and More [Updated]

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Apple today seeded the first public betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 13.4 updates to its public beta testing group, a few days after releasing the updates for developers.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will be able to download the iOS/iPadOS 13.4 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on an iOS device.


iOS and iPadOS 13.4 introduce some useful and notable new features and changes. There's a new Mail toolbar that separates the reply button from the delete button to make it harder to accidentally delete emails, there's a new "Shazam It" shortcut in the Shortcuts app for identifying songs, and some tweaks have been made to CarPlay controls for calls and third-party navigation apps.

The update includes support for iCloud Folder Sharing, a long-awaited iOS 13 feature. iCloud Folder Sharing allows iCloud Drive files to be shared with other people, making the folders accessible to multiple users.

There are a total of nine new Memoji/Animoji stickers that can be used wherever emoji can be used, and Apple has made minor changes to Location Services to appease app developers who want to encourage customers to turn on the "Always" option for Location Services for apps that need it.


Apple has added support for universal app purchases, which means developers can sell a single app across iOS, tvOS, and macOS. For apps that enable this feature, customers will be able to make one purchase and then download an app across all applicable platforms.

There are hints of a new "CarKey" API, which is designed to allow the iPhone or the Apple Watch to be used in lieu of a traditional car key in vehicles that support NFC.

For the iPad specifically, Apple has introduced new keyboard shortcuts for the Photos app for navigating between tabs, search, creating albums, deleting photos, and entering Edit mode, plus there's a new feature for hardware key remapping in iPadOS.

For a full rundown of everything that's new in iOS and iPadOS 13.4, make sure to check out our complete feature list.

Update: Apple has also seeded a new public beta of tvOS 13.4 for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. tvOS 13.4 brings Family Sharing integration to the Apple TV app.

Article Link: Apple Seeds First Public Betas of iOS and iPadOS 13.4 With New Mail Toolbar, iCloud Folder Sharing and More [Updated]
 
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crizzly

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It's hard to believe Mail has gone a few months now with such buggy mail fetching. I am considering switching to another mail client at this point but it's too bad we cannot set a default mail handler to have email links open in a third party client. I have a feeling we will need to wait till iOS 14 for a fix to buggy Mail app.
 

motm95

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How does it not have anything to do with MS Outlook when it's made by MS and called Outlook?
Because Outlook for iOS was originally an email app from Accompli until that company was bought by Microsoft. So the iOS version is not related to the bloated nightmare that is the desktop client.
 
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gk4

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Because Outlook for iOS was originally an email app from Accompli until that company was bought by Microsoft. So the iOS version is not related to the bloated nightmare that is the desktop client.
Of course it's unrelated to the Windows desktop app because one is a Win32 desktop application and the other is an iOS application. I don't think anyone would even think they're related in that sense.

As for bloated, Outlook 2016 on my computer is currently using less RAM (actually, almost 3x less RAM) than the single tab open to Gmail in my browser.
 

ghostface147

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Our Sprint test phone (iPhone 7) has an odd issue where when you dial, it just shows that it's connected, but never dials. Odd. Not an issue on 13.3.1 or previous versions.
 

mdriftmeyer

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Microsoft routinely breaks Outlook protocols which you then complain Apple Mail is broken. The fact is, get off of Outlook already. Go straight IMAPd based. Find a cloud based service provider that will host your account/domain and users. Move along.
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Because Outlook for iOS was originally an email app from Accompli until that company was bought by Microsoft. So the iOS version is not related to the bloated nightmare that is the desktop client.
If you think Microsoft hasn't pooled the code base you're wrong.
 

compwiz1202

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Have any of you with Mail issues tried Spark? It's free and IMO superior to the Mail app.
I tried almost everything I could find on the App Store. There was something I didn't like about Spark, but I can't remember what. What I mostly wanted that Outlook had all of were the following:

1. Dark
2. Good swiping customization
3. An easy way to undo a delete
4. No subbing (I could live with a modest one time charge)
 

beanbaguk

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How is this quality journalism? CarPlay is getting a huge update in the addition of 3rd party maps to the dashboard and an improved interface (something many of us can use today), and the article focuses on some pointless and stupid emojis and a hidden CarKey API that will be next to useless in pretty much all cars on the road today.
 

acctman

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I removed the default Mail app a long time ago... nothing is better than Outlook. I did like folder compression and sharing in iCloud / Files.
 
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urtules

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Outlook 2016 on my computer is currently using less RAM (actually, almost 3x less RAM) than the single tab open to Gmail in my browser.
Advantages of using native app over web app.
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3. An easy way to undo a delete
Apple Mail supports shake to undo which works for deleted messages. I have to use it often. It's not pleasant but it always works.
 

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Haven't tried any of the new features, but it did fix my Siri HomeKit problem. Last version "Open double garage door" would not work and it always worked prior to 13.3. 13.3.x said no such device and prompted me to open home app. It required some sort of cryptic "open door garage double garage door door".

Now it's better again.
 

harriska2

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I use Spark. Waiting for ios mail to be fixed. It would be nice to know if mail is waiting and to not drain my iphone SE battery in about 10 minutes from 100%.
 

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Haven't tried any of the new features, but it did fix my Siri HomeKit problem. Last version "Open double garage door" would not work and it always worked prior to 13.3. 13.3.x said no such device and prompted me to open home app. It required some sort of cryptic "open door garage double garage door door".

Now it's better again.

Were you having any other HomeKit issues?
 
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