Apple last night released iOS 14.4 RC to developers, meaning this is the first version of iOS 14.4 that Apple deems ready for the public barring any new issues. The Release Candidate is a feature complete update that requires final bug testing.

Apple previously called these releases the Golden Master updates, but the company has since moved away from that terminology.

The update itself is expected to be made available to the public within the next couple of weeks and it improves a few features while doing away with some bugs that people might have come across.

Apple says that this iOS 14.4 update will fix the following bugs:

  • Image artifacts could 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 in the keyboard
  • The keyboard may not come up in the correct language in Messages
  • Audio stories from the News app in CarPlay may not resume after being paused for spoken directions or Siri
  • Enabling Switch Control in Accessibility may prevent phone calls from being answered from the Lock Screen

Apple also added a few new features in this particular update, not least the fact the Camera app can now recognize smaller QR codes than was previously possible.

  • Smaller QR codes can be recognized by Camera
  • Option to classify Bluetooth device type in Settings for correct identification of headphones for audio notifications
  • Notifications for when the camera on your iPhone is unable to be verified as a new, genuine Apple camera in iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max

Developers can test this update now via either an over-the-air update or by downloading the IPSW manually from the Apple developer portal.

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