Apple released the second public beta for iOS 14.4 today, Wednesday, Jan. 13. This update does not appear to add any new user-facing features or changes, instead adding small, under-the-hood fixes. That said, Apple did not specify what changes made it into this update in 14.4 beta 2’s release notes.
Apple released the first iOS 14.4 beta on Dec. 16, and the public beta the next day. With the first beta, Apple included additional App Clip experiences, new modem firmwares, a patch for black pixels in HDR videos, and iOS’ much-awaited privacy-related feature for apps to request permission to track you across your iPhone.
Apple released 14.4 public beta 2 (build number 18D5043d) at 1 p.m PST, three hours after the release of dev beta 2.
iOS & iPadOS 14.4 Beta 2 Release Notes
Update your apps to use new features, and test your apps against API changes.
The iOS & iPadOS 14.4 SDK provides support to develop apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS & iPadOS 14.4 beta 2. The SDK comes bundled with Xcode 12.3, available from the Mac App Store. For information on the compatibility requirements for Xcode 12.3, see Xcode 12.3 Release Notes.
There are no new release notes for this beta software update.
To update your iPhone to iOS 14.4 public beta 2, sign up through Apple’s beta site, download and install the configuration profile, then update over the air. If you already have the profile, go to Settings –> General –> Software Update to begin the installation of the latest beta build, or you can wait until it installs automatically if “Automatic Updates” is enabled.
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