Apple Releases Huge iOS 13.4 Update

Apple has officially released iOS 13.4 Update which brings a huge array of new features to uses as well as a few enhancements for developers. Now that it is available to download, let’s take a look at what you can expect with the newest update for iPhone and iPad.

What’s in iOS 13.4 Update ?


If it’s been bugging you that the toolbar in Mail was updated in iOS 13, you weren’t alone. Instead of four buttons at the bottom of a message, there were just two: Delete and Reply. The Reply button hid more options including Reply All, Forward and Move Message. Goodness me, but it was easy to muddle things up and delete all too easily. This has now, heroically, been fixed with always-visible controls so you can move, reply to or compose messages, as well as a separate trashcan. Alongside this, when you have the right configurations in place, when you’re replying to an encrypted email, your reply will automatically be encrypted, too. The configuration in question is S/MIME, that is Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions

iCloud Folder Sharing

This is a feature that was around before, then went away. Now, it’s back. The Files app now allows you to click on the Share icon and add people with whom you want to share the document. Controls mean you can limit access just to the people you explicitly invite, for example

App Store in iOS 13.4 Update

Universal Purchase support has arrived, meaning you can buy an app so it works on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV all together, assuming the app supports this. As for Arcade games, recently played ones will appear in the Arcade tab so you can keep playing on each platform.


There’s no mention of CarKey, the super-cool element predicted previously which suggested you could unlock and drive your compatible car just by using your iPhone. That’s coming later, let’s hope.

For now, there’s extra information in the CarPlay Dashboard and support for other navigation apps in the CarPlay dashboard.


There’s now support for predictive typing for Arabic.

Bug fixes

There are a lot of bugs squished here, including one where Mail messages appeared in the wrong order or a conversation list showed empty rows, for example. And fixes for Reminders, the Home app and more. 

Trackpad support in iPadOS 13.4 Update

The sister to iOS 13.4, iPadOS 13.4, has also just been released and includes trackpad support so that the latest iPad Pro can be used in a more laptop-like way than ever. It means that selected mice and trackpads will work with the iPad in a persuasive way. Along with the latest iPad Pro, any other iPad upgraded to this software will have trackpad support.

Apple Service Receipts for Apple Card

In the iOS 13.4 Update Apple Card customers will now be able to view the receipt details of their Apple Services purchases right inside Wallet, including App purchases, in-app purchases, subscriptions, movie rentals and more. Now you’ll know precisely what that $1.99 charge was for.

New Memoji stickers in iOS 13.4 update

New Memoji stickers just launched

Well, you can’t have enough Memoji stickers, now can you? Today’s update includes nine new choices including Hands pressed together, Smiling Face with Hearts and the one pretty much everyone has been waiting for, surely, Party Face or as the official list calls it, Party horn.

Memoji stickers including the new tipping hand

Since you asked so nicely, here’s the full list of nine: Screaming in fear, Party horn, Rolling eyes, Face with steam, Folded hands, Gesturing no, Person with tipping hand, Smiling face with three hearts and Person behind a computer

Small changes

There are many small changes in iOS 13.4 Update and iPadOS 13.4 Update as well.

When a VPN is disabled it will notify you in the status bar. For the devices that don’t have a notch they now have a status bar in Control Center. There are new CarPlay controls for third-party call and navigation apps that allow them to appear in the updated Dashboard interface.

If you have your phone placed face down, “Hey Siri” is disabled. In the new update, there is an accessibility option to always listen for “Hey Siri” regardless of your phone’s placement. Siri can also now be asked to take you to your Home screen.

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Nimashi Jayawickrama

Nimashi Jayawickrama is an Undergraduate in Computer Science and working as a mobile application developer and UI/UX designer.

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