Get ready for updates IOS Users
The company has decided to update the OS with IOS 13.4 for the devices. The headline changes for iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 include iCloud Drive Folder sharing, trackpad support for the iPad, as well as universal purchases between iOS and macOS that will allow developers to sell both sets of apps as a single purchase.
What’s new in iOS and iPadOS 13.4
iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 add significant new features. For iPad users, you’ll get new support for Bluetooth keyboards and trackpads, making productivity tasks a lot easier. Developers can now publish apps and in-app purchases as “universal purchases” that work across Mac, iPad, and iPhone. And iCloud folder sharing is finally here.
Mouse and trackpad support
In a surprise, Apple is adding mouse and trackpad support to all iPads, starting with iOS 13.4. The feature widely expected to be a part of iOS 14 in the fall, but it’s already ready to go. The feature is marketing for the new iPad Pro, and it’s Magic Keyboard (which will be available in May), but all existing iPads can pair with the Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2, or third-party Bluetooth keyboard and mice.
The hybrid cursor acts as a circular touch assist in some places but changes situationally to a text-select cursor or pointer. There are iPad-specific gestures for working with things like the dock, control center, and slide-over. It works system-wide with most apps right out of the gate, but there are new tools for developers to build in special mouse-and-trackpad specific features. Apple will release new versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote along with iOS 13.4 with added pointer support.
iCloud folder sharing
Finally, one of the most anticipated features of iOS 13, first promoted at WWDC last summer, is about to be released. With the iOS 13.4, iPad 13.4, and macOS 10.15.4 release, users can finally share iCloud folders.
The advantage of the iCloud Drive Folder sharing is that you can now share entire folders with others, and they will be able to see any changes in contents of the envelope and the files within it as they change. Cloud storage apps such as Dropbox already offer this. The Universal app purchases will allow developers to sell iOS and macOS versions of their app as a single purchase—buy an app on the iPhone, for instance. You will be able to download it on your iMac or MacBook as well for no extra cost. That’s not all. The toolbar in the Mail app now includes Delete, Move, Reply, and Compose options. There are nine new Memoji stickers, including Smiling Face with Hearts, Hands Pressed Together, and Party Face.
Combined iOS and Mac purchases
Another long-sought-after feature, Apple will finally make it possible for developers to sell iPad and iPhone apps bundled together. The new Xcode 11.4 beta automatically enables “unified purchases” for new Catalyst-based apps, but existing apps can enable the feature, too. The change applies to more than just initial purchases, too. In-app purchases can be shared across Mac and iOS versions of an app if the developer enables unified purchasing.
This change means that Apple is aligning Mac and iOS App Store categories.
New Mail toolbar
The Mail app has a new toolbar, with four standard functions: Send to Trash, Move Message, Flag, and Reply. The Reply button opens a panel with a host of everyday tasks like reply, reply all, forward, and archive.
App Store with Apple Arcade
1.) Universal Purchase support enables the use of a singular purchase of a participating app across iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV
2.) Recently played Arcade games appear in the Arcade tab so you can continue playing on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV
3.) List view for See All Games
AR Quick Look supports audio playback in USDZ files
- Predictive typing support for Arabic
- This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements.
- Adds status bar indicator to display when VPN has disconnected on iPhone models with all-screen displays
- Fixes an issue in Camera where the viewfinder may appear as a black screen after launch
- Addresses an issue where Photos may look to use excess storage
- Resolves an issue in Photos that may prevent sharing an image to Messages if iMessage is disabled
- Fixes an issue in Mail where messages may appear out of order
- Addresses an issue in Mail where the conversation list may display empty rows
- Resolves an issue where Mail may crash when tapping the Share button in Quick Look
- Fixes an issue in Settings where cellular data may incorrectly display as off
- Addresses an issue in Safari where webpages may not be inverted when both Dark Mode and Smart Invert are active
- Resolves an issue where text copied from web content may appear invisible when pasted when Dark Mode is active
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