iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 Features: What’s New

Apple today released iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 to the public. The latest point release of the OS comes with a number of major new features, enhances existing ones, and also fixes a number of bugs while at it. Here’s everything that’s new in iOS 13.4 that you need to know about.

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iOS 13.4 is likely the last major point release of iOS 13 as Apple will now focus on developing iOS 14 due to be announced at WWDC 2020 in June. Thus, with iPhone and iPad users using iOS 13.4 for the next few months, it is important that Apple fixes all the annoyances and bugs that are still lingering in the OS.

Below are all the changes in iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4.

iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4: What’s New

iCloud Folder Sharing

Apple is finally getting around to adding iCloud Folder Sharing support to iOS 13. The feature was originally announced as a part of iOS 13 and was a part of one of the initial beta build but due to various issues, Apple had to pull back the feature. With the iOS 13.4 beta, Apple has finally added the ability to share folders using iCloud Drive from within the Files app.

“Hey Siri” When Device Facing Down

Apple has now introduced an option to always listen for “Hey Siri” even when your iPhone is kept face down on a table or covered.

New VPN Off Animation

There is a new system animation in iOS 13.4 whenever you switch off an active VPN connection.

Universal Purchase Support

With iOS 13.4, iPadOS 13.4, watchOS 6.2, and tvOS 13.4, Apple has introduced Universal Purchase support. This would mean that developers will be able to offer one single bundle of all their apps irrespective of the platform.

New Memoji Stickers

iOS 13.4 introduces nine new Memoji stickers like an eye roll, shocked face, frustrated look, and more.

New ‘Shazam’ Shortcut

There is a new ‘Shazam It’ shortcut action in the Shortcuts app for quickly identifying nearby music.

New Splash Screen in CarPlay Share ETA

The first time when you share your ETA with someone in CarPlay, you get a new splash screen.

Remap iPad Hardware Key

There is a new option in iPadOS 13.4 that lets you remap hardware keys of a physical keyboard that’s connected to an iPad.

Cursor and Trackpad Support

iPadOS 13.4 adds enhanced cursor and trackpad support to the iPad lineup. The good thing is that you are not limited to Apple’s own Magic Keybooard with trackpad though. You can use third-party mice and trackpad with your iPad as well. This includes wireless Bluetooth mice as well.

New Keyboard Shortcuts

On the iPad, there are new keyboard shortcuts while using the Photos app that will let you quickly switch between tabs, search through your photos, delete or duplicate photos, and more.

Open Tab in Background

There is now an option to open links in the background in Safari on iPadOS.

Updated TV App with Granular Settings Over Data Use

The TV app in iOS 13.3 has been updated to provide additional settings over data use. One can now decide between “High Quality” and “Data Saver” mode when streaming content on Cellular. For Wi-Fi downloads, there is a “High Quality” and “Fast Downloads” option. Users now also have the option of enabling/disabling streaming of content over mobile networks.


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