So far, the major point updates of iOS 13 are all pretty exciting for the iPhone. We have seen iOS 13.1, 13.2 and 13.3 coming and going, with over 60 new features and changes combined with that very first version of iOS 13. Although iOS 13.3.1 was a minor update, its successor, iOS 13.4, is a return to form.
From 6 February we have discovered 16 new improvements that iOS 13.4 (still in beta) will bring. Some will undoubtedly be thrilled, such as the addition of new Memoji stickers or the ability to control your car with just your iPhone. Some are smaller changes under the radar that many people might miss if not declared. Big or small, we don't care ̵
Four buttons in iOS 13.4 (left) versus only two in iOS 13.3.1 (right).
3. Home button models get a small update from the Control Center
In iOS 13.4, Apple has slightly changed the layout of the Control Center for iPhone models with Home buttons so that it resembles the version on Face ID models. With the new update, the network information is at the top left of the display, while the battery statistics are at the top right. Before iOS 13.4, those two corners were empty on older Home button models. Now if we could only get gesture control.
4. MacOS and iOS apps can be purchased together
To make iOS and macOS more cohesive, Apple is now allowing developers to combine iOS and macOS apps into one purchase. That means that if you buy a compatible app in the Mac App Store, you can download the corresponding iOS counterpart for free, just like for apps between iOS and iPadOS.
You connect your iPhone to your car with a combination of the wallet app and the car manufacturer's app, and you can also share "keys" with friends and family via the Wallet app.
7. New CarPlay functions
Speaking of vehicles, CarPlay gets an update in iOS 13.4, with additional navigation support from third parties and new call control.
8. Integration of Family Sharing in TV
The TV app receives a small update with "Family Sharing" on the "Library" tab. If you have not set up accounts for Family Sharing, you will not see the option.
9. Browse by genre in your TV library
Items that you have purchased, either from iTunes itself or from synchronized digital accounts from Movies Anywhere, are displayed on the "Library" tab in the TV app. Before iOS 13.4, there were only options for TV shows and movies at the top, but now, in addition to Family Sharing, there is a new "Genre" selection.
10. New button & # 39; Details & # 39; for shows
A very small addition to the TV app is a button & # 39; Details & # 39; under a show in a TV series. Previously there was nothing, but you could still tap on the slogan or delivery name below the photo to view the details. You can still do that, it is now just clearer with the "Details" button there.
11. Location prompt update
According to 9to5Mac, when an app previously authorized for " While using the app, "location permission" asks "Always", your iPhone will display the location verification prompt. It is not clear how the situation worked before, but we feel that we have seen it before, whether our imagination or not.
12. Creating Shazam Shortcuts
With iOS 13.4 you can create shortcuts with a "Shazam It" action. You can make a shortcut as simple as asking Siri to use "Shazam It", or you can add the command as part of a more complicated series of actions.
13. Always listen to & # 39; Hey Siri & # 39;
There is a new option & # 39; Always listen to & # 39; Hey Siri & # 39; in Settings -> Accessibility -> Siri. If enabled, your iPhone will always look for a Hey Siri command, even when your iPhone is down or covered. In earlier versions of iOS, Hey Siri does not work in either of these two circumstances.
14. Temporary icon & # 39; VPN disabled & # 39; in status bar
When you turn off your VPN in iOS 13.4, iOS gives you some visual feedback. A temporary icon appears in the status bar.
15. Tell Siri to go to the home screen
In iOS 13.4, when she tells Siri to go to the home screen, she does it. In earlier versions, the assistant simply tells you how you can go to the home screen yourself.
16. Apple Music lyrics identify instrumental sections
If you listen to a song with an extended instrumental section, the Apple Music live text will display an ellipse (•••) because of the lack of words. This ellipse gets a solid white dot the closer the song gets to the text.
Bonus: new shortcuts in photos (iPads only)
If you have an iPad with an external keyboard, iOS 13.4 offers additional functionality. Now you can use keyboard shortcuts to communicate with Photos, including navigating tags, searching and creating albums. In full screen you can also delete, duplicate and enter edit mode with these shortcuts.
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