Apple has been testing the iPadOS 16.4 through its public beta and developer beta testing program. Today, Apple rolls out the second beta build to the iPad. The new update comes alongside the second beta of iOS 16.4, watchOS 9.4, tvOS 16.4, and macOS 13.3. Here’s all about the newly released iPadOS 16.4 second beta update.
Apple is seeding the second beta of iPadOS 16.4 with a 20E5223e build number. The incremental beta weighs 544MB in size, which is too small compared to the first beta which was 4.84GB. At the time of writing, the update is live for developer testers only, it may take 12-24 hours to be available for the public beta testers. Once the upgrade goes live you can easily install it if you own a compatible iPad.
For compatibility, the iPadOS 16.4 is available for iPad 5th generation and newer models. Since Apple has already rolled out three big releases since iOS 16, we are not expecting many big changes in this beta run. But still, there are some new features coming with the iPadOS 16.4.
The new software brings a big change for those who prefer installing beta updates on their Apple devices. Apple now lets you choose whether you want to update to public beta or developer beta directly in the Software updates and the change is also available for iPad users in iPadOS 16.4. With this change, Apple will prevent users from installing free developer beta profiles. Yes, there’s no need to install a profile, if you are signed in with your developer account, you will see the new option.
Apart from this feature, Apple is releasing the iPadOS 16.4 beta with new emojis, Safari update which adds support for web push for home screen web apps, badging API, focus support for Web push, add to home screen via third party browsers, screen wake lock, and more.
If you want to test the new beta on your eligible iPad then you need to install the beta profile if it’s not already installed. If the beta profile is installed you can go to Settings > General > Software Update. And once the update is available tap Download and Install.
Before installing the update make sure to backup important data and charge your phone to at least 50%.
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