Now that Apple has released the second developer beta of iOS 14.4, we’ve downloaded it to see what changes Apple has made when the update is finally released to the public.
Despite the long lag between the first beta of iOS 14.4 and the second, all this has not changed much.
The most visible change in the updated HomePod Mini handoff experience is continuous improvement. This updated experience relies on the U1 Ultra Wideband chip found on the HomePod Mini as well as recent iPhones.
This improved experience has auditory, physical, and visual cues that signal the transfer of your audio from your phone to your HomePod Mini and back again. This feature previously existed in beta, but it is very smooth in the initial very buggy implementation in beta. It was so small that it was difficult to reliably process, and iPhones often freeze in the processor – or not recognize the HomePod Mini at all.
The “Transfer to iPhone” button now works correctly when handing back audio from HomePod to your iPhone, whereas it was only a placeholder before.
Another notable change is in Find My App. After updating to the second beta of iOS 14.4, upon launching Find My, a new splash screen appears which reveals new features of the app.
New features include support for third-party accessories, improved notifications for your friends and family, and Find My Network that helps you locate lost items even when not connected to Wi-Fi.
Belkin is the first to support the Find My app with the upcoming Soundform Freedom True Wireless earbuds that were announced at CES 2021.
All of this seems to pave the way for more airtags which are expected to come in the near future. Recently, a new URL schema was revealed that would launch a new panel in the Find My app to use with compatible accessories. However it is also supported in iOS 14.3.