Apple releases first public betas of iOS 13.4, iPadOS 13.4, macOS 10.15.4 [u]

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in iOS edited February 2020
Arriving just under a week after the developer beta builds, Apple has issued the first builds of macOS 10.15.4, iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 to participants in its public testing program.




The first public beta builds can be picked up from the Apple Beta Software Program website to those signed up to take part in the testing scheme. The public versions usually follow a short time after their developer beta counterparts, though for major releases, not typically after the initial developer builds are issued.

Apple provided the first developer beta builds of iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 alongside tvOS 13.4, watchOS 6.2, and macOS 10.15.4 on February 5. Public beta versions for tvOS and watchOS have yet to be released in this cycle.

The content of the public build are largely expected to be the same as the recently released developer beta.






The first wave of betas for iOS and iPadOS included a number of new features, including a return of iCloud folder sharing, more Memoji stickers, and updates relating to the Mail toolbar, keyboard shortcuts in the Photos app, the TV app's Family Sharing functionality, and CarPlay. Apple also included elements of the "CarKey API" in the build, which could allow an iPhone to be used to unlock a car and to turn over the engine.

AppleInsider, and Apple itself, strongly suggest users avoid installing betas on to "mission-critical" or primary devices, due to the potential for data loss or other issues. It is instead recommended to install betas onto secondary or non-essential devices, and to ensure there are sufficient backups of important data beforehand.

Find any changes in the new betas? Reach out to us on Twitter at @AppleInsider or @Andrew_OSU, or send Andrew an email at [email protected].

Update: A few hours after providing the public betas for iOS and iPadOS, Apple released public betas for macOS and tvOS.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    mnbob1mnbob1 Posts: 269member
    Reported this to Apple but just wondering if anyone else is having very fast battery drain after updating to 13.4. 
    swat671
  • Reply 2 of 7
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    Apple itself, strongly suggest users avoid installing betas on to "mission-critical" or primary devices, due to the potential for data loss or other issues. It is instead recommended to install betas onto secondary or non-essential devices, and to ensure there are sufficient backups of important data beforehand.

    If someone has to tell you this, then you shouldn't be in charge of nail clippers.
    swat671
  • Reply 3 of 7
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,184member
    mnbob1 said:
    Reported this to Apple but just wondering if anyone else is having very fast battery drain after updating to 13.4. 
    There are always reports of fast battery drain after every iOS release. Like death and taxes. And then it fades away, every time.
  • Reply 4 of 7
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    lkrupp said:
    mnbob1 said:
    Reported this to Apple but just wondering if anyone else is having very fast battery drain after updating to 13.4. 
    There are always reports of fast battery drain after every iOS release. Like death and taxes. And then it fades away, every time.
    Except the one time it didn’t. 
    caladanian
  • Reply 5 of 7
    lkrupp said:
    mnbob1 said:
    Reported this to Apple but just wondering if anyone else is having very fast battery drain after updating to 13.4. 
    There are always reports of fast battery drain after every iOS release. Like death and taxes. And then it fades away, every time.
    No, not EVERY TIME. You’re wrong as sometimes it does happen. 
  • Reply 6 of 7
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,505member
    Tip for anyone trying macOS 10.15.4u, I've found using the developer release for the last week that Safari Technology Preview works far better that the regular Safari.
  • Reply 7 of 7
    netroxnetrox Posts: 1,266member
    and I hope it fixes the iCloud prompt bug. It still pops up every 24 hours.
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