Apple releases iOS 14.4 beta 2 and iPadOS 14.4 beta 2

Apple has released iOS 14.4 beta 2 and iPadOS 14.4 beta 2 to developers. The update features bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements, along with handoff to HomePod mini via U1 chip.

iOS 14.3 and iPadOS 14.3 were the last major release for all users with ProRAW photo format support, Fitness Plus integration, AirPods Max support, Air Quality information in Weather app, privacy updates, and more.

Updates:

December 17: Apple released the first public betas for iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4

December 16: Apple released the first developer beta for iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4

January 13: The second developer betas for iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 are now available. The public betas were also released shortly after.

iOS 14.4 beta 2 and iPadOS 14.4 beta 2 features

Release notes do not mention anything new, however, we will update this section as we find any new changes.

iOS 14.4 beta 1 and iPadOS 14.4 beta 1 features

For a major point one increment in version number, the release notes for this update are extremely small. The only thing that Apple mentioned in the release notes is related to App Clips:

App Clips
Resolved in iOS & iPadOS 14.4 Beta
In addition to using Code Scanner, you can now launch a local experience via Camera, NFC, Safari Smart App Banner, or iMessage. (68962905)

However, users have dug around and found a few new features in this beta, which are not mentioned in the release notes. The first is the inclusion of a new user handoff UI to HomePod mini via its U1 Ultra wideband chip, which works with HomePod beta update. It’s very buggy at the moment so not something worth upgrading to the beta for.

iOS 14.4 beta 1 adds HomePod mini’s new U1 chip UI and features from the keynote (with HomePod beta too) from iOSBeta

The second change has been discovered in Shortcuts. You can now disable Perspective Zoom when setting a wallpaper from the Shortcuts action.

So far, this beta does not feature Dual SIM 5G support, which Apple had announced that it will release in a future iOS 14 update.

Download iOS 14.4 beta and iPadOS 14.4 beta

If you already had a developer beta profile installed on your iPhone or iPad, you can simply go to Settings > General > Software Update, and the new beta will show up for download.

If you want to download iOS 14.4 beta for the first time, you would need to register with Apple Developer Center which costs $99/year. However, if you wait for a few days, Apple will release a public beta, which can be downloaded for free by signing up with Apple’s Beta Software Program.

Apple is also testing macOS 11.2 beta 2, watchOS 7.3 beta 2, and tvOS 14.4 beta 2 at the moment.

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