iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 reached supported devices today | GeekComparison

The iPad Air 2020: One of many devices supported by today's new software releases.
enlarge / The iPad Air 2020: One of many devices supported by today’s new software releases.

Today, Apple began rolling out iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 to supported iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. The company also pushed watchOS 7.3 to Apple Watches and tvOS 14.4 to Apple TVs.

iOS 14.4/iPadOS 14.4 is a somewhat minor feature update. New additions in the release notes include the ability to read smaller QR codes with the iPhone’s cameras, notifications to tell users “when your iPhone’s camera can’t be verified as a new, genuine Apple camera.” , and some bug fixes .

Here are Apple’s full iOS 14.4 release notes:

iOS 14.4 includes the following improvements for your iPhone:

  • Smaller QR codes can be recognized by Camera
  • Option to classify Bluetooth device type in Settings for correct headphone identification for audio notifications
  • Notifications for when the camera on your iPhone cannot be verified as a new genuine Apple camera in iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max

This release also fixes the following issues:

  • Image artifacts may appear in HDR photos taken with iPhone 12 Pro
  • Fitness widget may not display updated activity data
  • Typing may be delayed and word suggestions may not appear on the keyboard
  • The keyboard may not appear in the correct language in Messages
  • Audio stories from News app in CarPlay may not resume after being paused for voice prompts or Siri
  • Enabling Switch Control in Accessibility can prevent phone calls from being answered from the lock screen

In addition to features mentioned in the release notes for iOS 14.4, some users and developers say they found other changes. According to MacRumors, one of those is “Find My Items,” which allows third parties to use Apple’s Find My APIs for their devices. There’s also an update to transfer with the HomePod mini, with the iPhone now using its U1 ultra-wideband chip to detect proximity to the HomePod mini to enable an enhanced experience.

As noted, Apple is also introducing new updates to watchOS and tvOS. The tvOS update is composed purely of bug fixes and optimizations, and Apple has not provided detailed release notes. This isn’t uncommon with tvOS updates, which tend to get a big push with every major annual release, but relatively few in between.

However, Apple has provided release notes for watchOS 7.3. They are as follows:

watchOS 7.3 includes new features, improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • Unity Dial – Inspired by the colors of the Pan-African flag, its shapes change throughout the day as you move, creating a face unique to you
  • Time to Walk for Apple Fitness+ subscribers: An audio experience in the Workout app where guests share inspiring stories as they walk
  • ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 or later in Japan, Mayotte, Philippines and Thailand
  • Irregular heart rhythm notifications in Japan, Mayotte, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand
  • Fixes an issue where Control Center and Notification Center may stop responding when Zoom is enabled

Apple announced the Time to Walk feature earlier this week. This Fitness+ feature guides users through gait workouts while listening to conversations from celebrities like Dolly Parton and Draymond Green.

The release of the Unity watch face coincides with the start of Black History Month (February). Today, Apple also announced a number of other Black History Month-related initiatives, including a special Apple Watch design, new editorial collections for various content services, and more.

All of these software updates should be available globally today to users of supported devices.

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