By Chand Bellur
March 28, 2020 at 6:20 p.m. PDT
- The official iOS 13.4 release launched on March 24, 2020.
- The software update includes iCloud Drive folder sharing, new Siri features and universal app support.
- iPadOS 13.4, also available for download, features trackpad support with an on-screen cursor.
Apple Releases iOS 13.4
iOS 13 has been a challenge for Apple. Plagued with defects, the mobile operating system has gone through several updates. iOS 13.4 brings new features, in addition to a slew of bug fixes.
iCloud Drive folder sharing allows users to make entire folders available to others. The feature should attract corporate users, as it increases productivity and teamwork.
Family sharing has finally come to the TV app. Users can now access shared content directly from the Library tab, within the TV app.
iPadOS 13.4 Brings iPad Closer to Notebook Computer
Apple contends that the iPad is as versatile and useful as a notebook computer. Although the company has even created a Pro line, the iPad still can’t compete with a MacBook. Software engineers, for example, can’t write, compile, debug and deploy projects on an iPad. Most office workers hobble along on a Windows PC. Try as they might, the iPad will likely never replace a notebook computer; however, it may come close.
iPadOS 13.4 adds mouse and trackpad support, bringing macOS user interaction to Apple’s tablet operating system. Any iPad capable of running iOS 13.4 can support a mouse or trackpad. The iPad works with a variety of trackpads and mice available from Apple and third-party manufacturers.
Trackpad and mouse support require some sort of cursor or pointer, which is another new iPadOS 13.4 feature. The cursor works just like any other. Users move the trackpad or mouse, and the on-screen cursor indicates this movement. iPadOS 13.4 adds a few innovative gestures to enable easy access to the Home screen, App Switcher and other key iOS features.
iOS and iPadOS 13.4 Fix Several Security Flaws
Security defects can leave your iOS device vulnerable to malicious actors. While Apple has steadfastly prevented the most egregious cyberattacks, adware often compromises their devices. Recent studies demonstrate increased attacks against Apple devices; however, the damage is minimal. Most of the attacks involve adware, not identity theft or computer hijacking.
iOS 13.4 addresses a Bluetooth flaw allowing attackers with privileged network access to intercept Bluetooth traffic. Another flaw allowed a malicious actor to respond to messages; however, the defect requires physically accessing the device.
There are many more security flaws remediated in iOS and iPadOS 13.4. It’s a good idea to install this update as soon as possible to keep your Apple devices safe, secure and up-to-date.