Highlighted are the main improvements introduced in the beta version of the Magento Open Source 2.4.0.
As usual, the new upgrade brings numerous platform upgrades, security changes, and performance enhancements, including 100+ fixes to core code. Since quarterly releases usually contain backward-incompatibility changes, 2.4.0 is not an exception. However, the new platform version contains only minor adjustments. (You can find all of them here: Backward Incompatible Changes.)
Note that Magento 2.4.0 is the first quarterly release that provides the ability to install security patches without any need to apply other functional fixes. The new version of the platform offers patch 188.8.131.52 (Composer package 2.3.4-p2) that delivers all hot fixes applied to the 2.3.5 release.
Inventory Management and PWA Studio are released and documented independently.
Now, let’s take a look at the core areas Magento 2.4.0 upgrades.
Magento 2.4.0 delivers 30+ security improvements. The new platform addresses remote code execution and cross-site scripting vulnerabilities. The new version introduces the following upgrades:
Magento 2.4 provides the ability to license stock image previews right from the Media Gallery, simplifying the initial procedure. Besides, the Media Gallery itself introduces a brand-new, searchable interface, where you can search, filter, and sort images up to 30x faster than in the previous Magento versions.
Magento 2.4.0 enhances the Inventory Management functionality with in-store pickup and bundle product support.
GraphQL has also been improved in Magento 2.4.0. For instance, the pickupLocations query now supports the Inventory In-store pickup feature. Besides, you can leverage the categories query to return a list of categories that match a specified filter. And due to the reorderItems mutation, a logged-in user can add all the products from a previous order into the cart.
Magento 2.4.0 supports PWA Studio 6.0.0 and 6.0.1.
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There is a community contribution that will probably become a part of MAgento 2.4.0. As a store administrator, you will get an opportunity to limit backend accounts. After the specified interval, accounts can be automatically deactivated. It is a security measure aimed at third-party specialists who may need access to your backend.
With MFTF v3.0.0, you get MFTF helpers developed to create custom actions beyond the framework. Besides, it includes schema updates for test entities, sub-folders in test modules, and nested assertion syntax. You can also leverage static checks to monitor deprecated test entities.
There is also unofficial information regarding Web Payments. The feature supposedly allows customers to order and pay faster and more easily, using data stored in their browser.
There are also rumors that Magento 2.4 will introduce new APIs, opening the 2.4-develop branch in the Magento2 project repository. As a result, everyone will get the access to Magento Community.
This means that community pull requests will be redirected to the new branch. It opens new possibilities for the community members to impact every new release of Magento.