Apple has forwarded the second beta for iOS 14.3 to developers and public beta testers, which includes a few quick fixes to issues in Apple ProRAW for iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max and HomeKit. It also gives home screen shortcuts a more seamless transition. It is not yet known if the update relates to missing SMS texts plaguing users of various carriers, including us.
In particular, the solution for Apple ProRAW is aimed at developers, where it “no longer requires the AVFoundation Capture photo request to explicitly request a thumbnail.” As for HomeKit, Apple says, “Changing the Require Authentication setting under Personal Requests in the Home app now works as expected.”
As for the home screen shortcuts, Apple has made sure that when you tap a shortcut icon on your home screen, it will open the connected app right away instead of seeing the shortcut app open first. While there is still a banner notification to tell you it worked, it is a very grateful addition to anyone who uses custom app icons on their home screen.
Apple unexpectedly released the update just before 2:15 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, November 17. We expected Apple to release iOS 14.3 dev beta 2 at 10 a.m. PDT, the company’s standard release time for major software updates, followed by the iOS 14.3 audience. beta 2 later in the day or the next day. However, it is not uncommon for Apple to deviate from its normal schedule. The update comes five days after the company posted developers the first 14.3 beta and four days after 14.3 public beta 1.
Release notes for iOS and iPadOS 14.3 Beta 2
Update your apps to use new features and test your apps for API changes.
The iOS & iPadOS 14.3 SDK provides support for developing apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices running iOS & iPadOS 14.3 beta 2. The SDK ships with Xcode 12.3 beta, available from Beta Software Downloads. For information on the compatibility requirements for Xcode 12.3 beta, see Xcode 12.3 Beta Release Notes.
General – known issues
- Important: iPadOS 14.3 beta 2 does not currently support shared iPad. Do not install iPadOS 14.3 beta 2 on devices running in Shared iPad mode. (71392759)
Apple ProRAW – fixed
- Using Apple ProRAW no longer requires the AVFoundation Capture photo request to explicitly ask for a thumbnail. (71044302)
HomeKit – fixed
- Changing the Require Authentication setting under Personal Requests in the Home app now works as expected. (71128465)
How to download and install the latest iOS 14.3 Beta
To update your iPhone to iOS 14.3 dev beta 2, you must be a registered developer. You can use the recovery image for your iPhone available from the developer portal (install using iTunes or Finder) or install the configuration profile and then update over the air. If you have already installed the profile on your iPhone, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update to install the latest beta version, or you can wait for it to install automatically if “Automatic Updates” is turned on.
To update your iPhone to iOS 14.3 Public Beta 1, sign in through Apple’s beta site, download and install the configuration profile, then update over the air. If you already have the profile, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update to start installing the latest beta version, or you can wait for it to install automatically if “Automatic Updates” is enabled.
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