Apple’s confirmed an iOS 13.4 update and the firmware is in beta testing ahead of an unknown release date for the iPhone.
Unless Apple decides to release iOS 13.3.2 for iPhone, iOS 13.4 will serve as iOS 13.3.1’s successor.
The iOS 13.4 update will be the fourth, and perhaps final, milestone upgrade for the company’s iOS 13 operating system. This means it will bring more than just bug fixes and security patches to iPhone users.
We don’t have an official iOS 13.4 release date yet, but iPhone users who don’t want to wait for the official release can try the firmware out right now via Apple’s beta programs.
With the iOS 13.4 update confirmed and on the way, we want to take you through everything there is to know about Apple’s next big update for the iPhone and iOS 13.
In this guide to the iOS 13.4 update we’ll take you through iOS 13.4’s known changes, what you can expect from the iOS 13.4 release date and release time, key information about the iOS 13.4 beta, and more.
iOS 13.4 Beta
If you don’t want to wait for the official version of iOS 13.4 to arrive, you don’t have to.
Apple’s iOS 13.4 beta is now available to developers. It’s also available for users enrolled in the company’s Beta Software Program. The Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a working Apple ID.
The iOS 13.4 beta is compatible with all iPhones compatible with iOS 13, a list that includes the iPhone 6s, iPhone XS, and many others.
Before you download the iOS 13.4 beta onto your phone remember that pre-release software is almost always plagued with bugs and performance issues.
These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your device’s battery life, and its overall speed which makes it a less than ideal daily driver.
You should be able to fix some of these problems on your own, but some bugs and performance issues will probably require a fix from Apple in a future beta.
You can also downgrade back to an older version of iOS 13 though Apple is only signing on iOS 13.3.1. The downgrade path back to other updates is closed.
In other words, if you were to move from iOS 13.3 to iOS 13.4 beta, there’s no way back. Keep that in mind before you move your device.
Apple is currently on iOS 13.4 beta 1 for the developer beta and public beta.
iOS 13.4 Release Date
Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iOS 13.4 release date for iPhone, but don’t be surprised if it lands in March.
The company is reportedly planning to launch new hardware next month. Apple hasn’t sent out media invites yet, but German site iPhone-ticker.de claims it will host a media event at the end of the month with Tuesday, March 31st a prime candidate right now.
New software typically rolls out alongside new hardware so don’t be surprised if iOS 13.4 rolls out sometime in the latter half of next month.
iOS 13.4 Release Time
We don’t have an official iOS 13.4 release date just yet, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on whatever day it chooses.
The official version of iOS 13.4 will arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for iOS updates to show up so there’s no need to panic if you don’t see new software right at 10AM.
Apple will also release iOS 13.4 beta updates for developers, and those in the Beta Software Program, in and around 10AM Pacific. The company typically releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks.
Keep this timeline in mind if you plan to install the official version or new iOS 13.4 betas right away.
iOS 13.4 Update: What’s New
Apple’s x.x updates always bring a mix of new features, bug fixes, and security patches. iOS 13.4 won’t be any different.
We’re still digging through the first beta, but developers have discovered a couple of new features: A new toggle for turning off the U1 chip and references to a “CarKey” API that will let iOS users use the iPhone and Apple Watch to unlock, lock and start a car.
The first iOS 13.4 beta also includes new Memoji stickers, iCloud Folder Sharing, a feature that was originally shown off last year at WWDC, and universal iOS and macOS purchases.
Older iPhone models without a notch (iPhone 8 and below) now get a status bar in Control Center. The Mail app has a new toolbar design that moves the delete icon away from the reply icon and there’s also a new option to “Shazam It” when you got to create a shortcut in the Shortcuts app.
Apple could add, or subtract, from the change log as the beta progresses so keep an eye out for changes as the software makes progress behind the scenes.
iOS 13 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iOS 13.4 beta. The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running an official version of iOS 13 or iOS 12.
Don’t expect jailbreak developers to release a tool that’s compatible with the iOS 13.4 beta.
Install iOS 13.3.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.3.1 update right away.
The iOS 13.3.1 update includes 21 new security patches that will help protect your device from harm. The company's outlined those patches in detail if you want to dig in.
If you skipped iOS 13.3, you get its patches with iOS 13.3.1. iOS 13.3 brought 12 new security patches to the iPhone and you can read about each one over on Apple's security page.
The iOS 13.3 update also added support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in the Safari browser.
If you missed iOS 13.2, it had 16 new security patches on board. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
iOS 13.1.1 brought a security patch for a third-party keyboard issue to your iPhone. If you're interested in the particulars, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
If you passed on installing iOS 13.1, you get an additional patch with your iOS 13.3.1 update. You can learn more right here.
If you're moving up from iOS 12, you'll get iOS 13.0's nine security patches with your upgrade to iOS 13.3.1. Read about those here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1 or any older versions of iOS 12, you'll get their security patches with your iOS 13.3.1 update.
iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple's iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on right here.
In addition to those patches, iOS 13 itself comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improved anti-tracking features in Safari and the ability to get rid of location metadata in your photos.
You also now have the ability to block apps from using Bluetooth and the ability to allow apps to access your location just once.
iOS 13 will also send you reminders about applications that track your data.
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