So far, iOS 13's major point updates have all been pretty exciting for the iPhone. We've seen iOS 13.1, 13.2 and 13.3 come and go, and offer more than 60 new features and changes combined with the very first version of iOS 13. While iOS 13.3.1 was a minor update, its successor, iOS 13.4, is a return to form.
As of February 26, we have discovered 24 new enhancements that iOS 13.4 (still in beta) brings to the table. Some will undoubtedly attract, such as the addition of new Memoji stickers or the ability to control your car with just your iPhone. Some are minor, under the radar changes that many could miss if they were not pointed out. Big or small, it doesn't matter to us ̵1; any changes for the better are worth reporting.
first Nine New Memoji Stickers
While Apple adds a disconnect button for the Memoji sticker shortcut in iOS 13.3, it does not push it away from the feature in any way. Instead, the company has added nine new stickers in iOS 13.4. These include:
- Face with steam from nose
- Smiling face with hearts
- Partying Face
- Face Screaming in Fear
- Winking Face with Tongue
- Tipping Hand
- Folded Hands
- Gesturing No
2. Move & Compose Return to Mail's Toolbar
In earlier versions of iOS 13, we could only "delete" the email or press "Reply", the latter of which would open up a suite of options. The two buttons are still here, but now there are two more: "Move" to change the email folder and "Write" to start a new draft. All that is missing from 13 days before iOS is "Flag", which made a brief appearance in 13.4 just to be replaced with "Write".
In iOS 13.4, the Apple Control Center layout changed slightly for iPhone models with Home buttons to make it look like the version on Face ID models. With the new update, the network information is at the top left of the screen while the battery statistics are at the top right. Prior to iOS 13.4, the two corners were empty on older Home button models. If only we could get gesture checks too.
To make iOS and macOS more cohesive, Apple developers now allow iOS and macOS apps to be combined into a single purchase. This means that if you buy a compatible app in the Mac App Store, you can download its iOS equivalent for free, just like you can for apps between iOS and iPadOS.
5th iCloud Folder Sharing makes its debut
Originally intended to be released as part of iOS 13, iCloud Folder Sharing was stored until in the spring of 2020 before being reintroduced with iOS 13.4. The feature turns the Files app into a Dropbox competitor, as it lets you share an interactive folder with others across the Web.
6th Control your car with CarKey
Want to drive your car with your iPhone? 9to5Mac discovered a new CarKey API in iOS 13.4, offering the potential to control NFC-compliant vehicles. Like Express Transit, the feature reportedly does not require Face ID or Touch ID to work, and it may even work when your iPhone is empty of juice.
You will pair your iPhone to your car with a combination of the wallet app and the car manufacturer's app, and you can also share "keys" with friends and family through the Wallet app in iMessage conversations, similar to Apple Cash payments.
Speaking of vehicles, CarPlay gets an update in iOS 13.4 and adds additional third-party navigation support and new call controls.
The TV app settings have new options for adjusting whether or not you can stream over mobile networks (you can always do this before), as well as the quality of streaming on mobile – and Wi-Fi connections.  Use cellular data: By default, it turns off, but if you have a decent mobile plan, you can turn it on to stream movies and TV shows when you don't have Wi-Fi.  Cellular: If you enable the setting above, you can choose between "Data Saver" (up to 600 MB per hour) or "High Quality", which Apple says uses more data.
The TV app's settings also include options for downloading content. It has the same three options as above with only a slight variation for "Cellular" and "Wi-Fi" where there are "Fast Downloads" instead of "Data Saver." There is also a setting for downloading additional languages.
- Use cellular data: It's just like the streaming setting above, and it's also off by default.
- Cellular: If you enable the above switching, you can choose between "Fast Downloads" or "High Quality", where the latter will take longer.
- Wi-Fi: You can also choose between "Fast Downloads" or "High Quality" here.
- Audio Language: If you want to listen to a movie or TV series in a language other than the region's standard, you can add audio files for other languages with your download. Matching subtitles will also be available for each language, as well as audio descriptions if you have enabled it in Accessibility. If your selected language is not available for a particular content section, Apple will forward it to the default language.
The TV app gets a minor update with "Family Sharing" on the "Library" tab. If you do not have any accounts set up for family sharing, you will not see the option.
Items you've purchased, whether from iTunes itself or from any synced digital accounts from Movies Anywhere, appear on the "Library" tab of the TV app. Prior to iOS 13.4, there were only options for TV shows and movies up there, but now, apart from Family Sharing, there is a new selection "Genre".
A really small addition to the TV app is a "Details" button during a show in a TV series. Previously, there was nothing there, but you can still tap the tagline or section name below the image to see the details. You can still do that too, it's just more obvious now with the "Details" button as well.
According to 9to5Mac, when an app has been previously approved for "While using the app" requests location permission "Always" authorization, your iPhone will then display the location permission message. It is not clear how the situation worked in the past, but we feel that we have seen it before, whether our imagination or not.
With iOS 13.4, you can build shortcuts with a "Shazam It" action. You can make a shortcut as simple as asking Siri for "Shazam It", or you can add the command as part of a more complicated series of actions.
There is a new option "Always Listen to" Hey Siri "in Settings -> Accessibility -> Siri. When enabled, your iPhone is always looking for a Hey Siri command, even when your iPhone is facing down or covered. In previous versions of iOS, Hey Siri does not work under either of these two conditions.
16. "VPN Disabled" in the status bar
When you disable your VPN in iOS 13.4, iOS gives you visual feedback, and you see a temporary icon appear in the status bar.
In iOS 13.4, if you tell Siri to go to the home screen, she does. In previous versions, the assistant will simply tell you how you yourself come
If you listen to a song with an extended instrumental section, Apple Music's live lyrics will display an ellipsis (•••) to represent the lack of words. This ellipsis gets a solid white dot as the song gets closer to the lyrics.
Before going to General -> Home Button in the Settings app, you would see a page that says "Choose your clicks." Now it says "Home button Haptic", and the description below is also a little different.