Apple is releasing iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 to the general public later today after previous beta testing with developers and public beta users. The update brings changes to the Camera app, bug fixes for keyboard input lag, and more. It also includes support for the new Apple Watch Unity watch faces.
Apple made the announcement in a press release this morning detailing new initiatives for Black History Month. We expect the update to be released around 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT. Apple will also release watchOS 7.3 today.
IOS 14.4 Features
Apple says iOS 14.4 includes support for recognizing smaller QR codes in the Camera app, as well as the ability to categorize Bluetooth device types in settings. Notably, the update also adds new notifications when your iPhone cannot verify if you are using a “real Apple Camera”.
iOS 14.4 also includes a handful of bug fixes related to HDR photography, the Messages app, and more. There is a fix for the keyboard lag, which is an issue that plagues many iPhone users since iOS 14 was first released.
iOS 14.4 includes the following enhancements for your iPhone:
- Smaller QR codes can be recognized by the camera
- Option to classify the type of Bluetooth device in the settings for correct identification of the headphones for audio notifications
- Notifications when your iPhone camera cannot be verified as a New Genuine Apple Camera on 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 the News app in CarPlay may not resume after being paused for spoken instructions or Siri
- Enabling switch control in accessibility may prevent answering phone calls from the lock screen
iOS 14.4 will be available to users via a live update in the Settings app later today. Just open the Settings app, choose General, and then select Software Update. As usual, if the update does not appear immediately for download, keep checking as it sometimes takes a while to roll out to all users.
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