Apple starts rolling out the second beta of iOS 16.4 for Developer Beta Testing

Apple has officially started testing the iOS 16.4 through the public beta and developer testing program. Now, the company has released the second beta of iOS 16.4 for iPhone users. This update comes alongside the second beta of watchOS 9.4, iPadOS 16.4, macOS 13.3, and tvOS 16.4. For compatibility purposes, the iOS 16.4 update is only available for iPhone 5th gen and newer models.

Apple has started pushing the second beta of iOS 16.4 and it comes with the build number 20E5223e. This beta update weighs around 712MB in size, which is small compared to the first beta update, which had a major file size that weighed 4.84GB.

As of now, the update has only gone live for developer testers and it might take a day or so to become available for the public beta testers. Once the update has gone live, you’ll be able to install it if you have a compatible iPhone.

Changelog for the new update

Apple starts rolling out the second beta of iOS 16.4 for Developer Beta Testing

The most recent release of iOS 16.4 and its accompanying updates feature a wide range of spanking new Unicode 15 emoji characters that were green-lit back in September 2022. These include a range of left- and right-palmed symbols, a waggling head, a pink heart, a blue heart, a dull heart, a donkey, a moose, a blackbird, a goose, an airfoil, a jellyfish, a hyacinth, a pea pod, a ginger, a admirer, a comb, a flute, and a bunch of maracas.

The latest software update for iPhones brings forth a major change for people who like installing beta updates on their devices. The OEM now allows you to choose whether you want to update to the developer beta or public beta directly in the Software updates and this change will also be available for iPhone users running iOS 16.4. Courtesy of the changes, Apple will prevent users from having to install free developer beta profiles. Yes, there won’t be any need to install a profile if you are signed in with a developer account, you will automatically see the new option on your device. A turning of the pages animation in Apple Books is once again an option in iOS 16.4 [Source].

Also Read: Apple is releasing the iOS 16.2 Beta 4 Update for developers to test

Aside from that, the new update also comes with new emojis, badging API, Safari update that adds support for web push for home screen web apps, focus support for Web push, screen wake lock, add to the home screen using third party browsers, and more.

How to test the iOS 16.4 Beta 2

If you’re looking to test the new beta on your iPhone, then you will have to install the beta profile if it isn’t installed already. Once the beta profile is installed, you should head over to Settings -> General -> Software Update. Once the update becomes available, you should select Download and Install.


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