Apple rolled out several more updates to its operating systems on Tuesday night. After first iOS and iPadOS 14.4 were released, which provided several detail improvements and bug fixes, updates for Apple Watch, HomePod and Apple TV were also added.
watchOS 7.3 comes with a new watch face for Black History Month in the US, which has also been featured in a special edition of the computer watch. It is determined by the colors of the Pan-African flag and rough numbers, but it changes during the day and can be configured with further complications. The 1-channel ECG function, which has been working in Germany, the U.S. and other countries since the Apple Watch Series 4, is now finally available in Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and Mayotte. In these regions, there is also a notification in case of irregular heart rhythm.
News on the Apple Watch
Furthermore, the so-called Time-to-Walk feature has been integrated into Apple’s Fitness+ subscription service. This provides audio backgrounds of celebrities for walks, but is not yet available in this country. A fix is available for the Control Center and Notification Center, which sometimes became unresponsive when Zoom was enabled. In addition, at least one kernel security hole – which was also present in iPadOS and iOS – has been plugged, with Apple announcing that more disclosures are likely to come here.
HomePod mini and iPhone handed over
Also freshly available is the HomePod operating system HomePod OS 14.4. It is intended for HomePod and HomePod mini and comes with the mini with the so-called handoff function. This uses the ultra-wideband technology, which is built into the small Smartspeakern as well as current iPhones (from 11). This makes it possible to simply hold your device up to the HomePod mini, which then allows you to transfer the music currently playing with visual, audible and haptic effects.
In addition, you can receive music tips from the HomePod mini on the iPhone and use the control knobs for volume Co. automatically when the iPhone (also locked) is near. Furthermore there are bug fixes in the update – also for the "rough" HomePod. Whether HomePod OS 14.4 closes security gaps, Apple did not specify so far.
tvOS 14.4 ready
For the fourth and fifth generation of Apple TV devices (Apple TV HD and 4K) is still tvOS 14.4 ready. Apple does not currently give any details about new features, but the update should at least contain bug fixes. Apple also reports the aforementioned kernel bug in watchOS as well as iPadOS and iOS as fixed.