Apple today released the first developer beta version of iOS and iPad OS 13.4, a week before the release of iOS 13.3.1. There is evidence that iOS 13.4 supports CarKey and turns the iPhone into a car key.
In iOS 13, Apple reduced the mail app’s toolbar to two buttons: Delete and Reply. Both buttons are on the right, and some users indicate that they are often mishandled. In the latest beta version of iOS 13.4, Apple modified the design, and the mail toolbar returns to the iOS 12 design, which includes four buttons: Delete, Move, Flag, and Reply.
iOS 13.4 includes the CarKey API that lets users unlock, lock, and start their vehicles with their iPhone and Apple Watch. Depending on the system’s internal files, the CarKey feature is compatible with NFC-enabled vehicles, allowing users to unlock their iPhone by simply approaching the vehicle, without the need for face ID verification, a process similar to an iPhone NFC bus card. It also means that the iPhone can be used to unlock the vehicle when it is not powered.
The pairing process requires the use of the Wallet app, and the installation of the vehicle manufacturer’s app completes the setup. Once paired, the CarKey car keys are in the Wallet app and can be easily added to the Apple Watch.
List of specific updates:
· Location Services: The iPhone/iPad will immediately display the appropriate authorization prompt when an app requests “Always Use Location Services” authorization for the first time.
· Keyboard shortcuts: The photos app on iPad has a new keyboard shortcut, in full-screen mode, the new shortcut stool can be used to delete photos, copy photos and enter editing mode.
· iCloud folder sharing: iCloud folder sharing is the first feature Apple joined when iOS 13 was presented on WWDC and is now available.
· CarPlay: According tomedia, “CarPlay” adds support for new third-party navigation and call control in iOS 13.4 beta.
· Several new Memoji emojis have been added: there are 9 new Memoji sticker options, including “Shock”.
· CarKey API: A new API called CarKey exists in Apple iOS 13.4 beta that allows users to unlock, lock and launch compatible cars using the iPhone/Apple Watch.
· New Mail App Toolbar Design: The options in the Mail App toolbar have been rearranged, and Delete is no longer next to Reply, but on the opposite side. Mark and Folder in the middle.
· Support for in-app purchases is added to the Apple WatchOS 6.2 update. Users can purchase the required features directly within the watchOS app to access premium content, digital goods, subscriptions, and more.
WatchOS 6.2’s first developer beta was also released today, with the addition of in-app purchases to the Apple Watch App Store. Apple asked developers to prepare for in-app purchases of watchOS and to launch the feature when the official release of watchOS 6.2.
The watchOS App Store is added to watchOS 6, allowing Apple Watch users to download and install apps directly on the Apple Watch without the need for an iPhone. After watchOS 6.2 is released, developers can create watchOS apps that support in-house purchases, including premium content, subscriptions, and more.
In addition to iOS 13.4, Apple today released the first beta version of macOS Catalina 10.15.4. macOS 10.15.4 is one week away from the release of 10.15.3.
It’s unclear what new features are added to the fourth upgrade patch for macOS Catalina.