iOS 15.4: The New Features You Want on Your iPhone

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The latest iOS upgrade brings dozens of new emoji to your iPhone.

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Have you downloaded the latest iPhone update from Apple? iOS 15.4 has been out and available to the public for a few weeks now, and if you haven’t installed the new mobile operating system yet, you’re missing out on a slew of useful features. iOS 15.4 brings the long-awaited Universal controlFace ID that works while wearing a mask37 new emoji and enhanced privacy measures to your iPhone (and iPad via iPadOS 15.4).

As the name implies, iOS 15.4 is the fourth major update to iOS 15which was launched with the iPhone 13 in Sept. These updates, which started with December iOS 15.1 release, have added more features to Apple’s iPhone operating system and improved existing ones. iOS 15.4 follows iOS 15.3.1, which was released for patching last month a security issue in iPhones and iPads

When was the release date of iOS 15.4?

Both iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 were released on March 14. The new green iPhone 13, the alpine green iPhone 13 Pro and the new one iPhone SE will come with iOS 15.4 preloaded, according to Apple.

How do I download iOS 15.4?

You can download iOS 15.4 by going to Settings > General > Software Update > Download and Install. The 15.4 update is over a gigabyte, so make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi to avoid gnawing through your monthly data allocation.

What is Universal Control?

Universal Control lets you use other Apple devices as second screens, seamlessly moving content between them with just one device. This highly anticipated feature was initially announced as: part of macOS Monterey, but was delayed about the fall, with a new timeline referring to ‘this spring’. Universal Control was part of the iOS 15.4 beta and launched as a public beta with the Monterey OS 12.3 and iPadOS 15.4 updates.

Since Universal Control is still in beta, you may run into issues from time to time. And note that the feature does not work on every device. Apple says universal control is available at:

MacBook Pro (2016 and later)MacBook (2016 and later)MacBook Air (2018 and later)iMac (2017 and later)iMac (5K Retina 27-inch, Late 2015)iMac ProMac Mini (2018 and later)Mac Pro (2019) iPad ProiPad Air (3rd generation and later)iPad (6th generation and later)iPad Mini (5th generation and later)

Apple Notes dat to use Universal Control: “Both devices must be signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID using two-factor authentication. To use wirelessly, both devices must have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Handoff enabled and be within 10 meters ( 30 feet) from each other. [The] iPad and Mac are not allowed to share mobile and internet connection. To use via USB, you have to rely on your Mac on the iPad.”

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Can I use Face ID with masks?

Apple has updated its Face ID feature to allow it to be used on the iPhone 12 and later, even with a mask on. Because the feature uses a smaller portion of your face to verify your identity, you’ll need to be more precise about the angle you hold your phone when using Face ID. Your phone will even ask you if you should look more directly at the screen. The updated feature should work for people who wear glasses, but won’t work with sunglasses.

Read more: With iOS 15.4, you can finally unlock your iPhone with a mask on. here’s how

What new emoji are included?

If you are the kind of person who takes pride in creative and fun emoji use, then you will love iOS 15.4. There are 37 new emoji in the update, including new options for pregnant people, hands forming a heart shape, a salute, and — my personal favorite — a lip-biting emoji. Unveiled last fall, these also include a melting face, a face that holds back tears, a bird’s nest, coral, a lotus, a low battery and kidney beans.

Other iOS 15.4 Features

The operating system update also brings new security-focused updates for AirTagswho have been in the spotlight following reports about the devices used to stalk people

The 15.4 update also changes the “five press call” emergency call shortcut from a default to an option, meaning the feature won’t be enabled unless you choose to allow it. The hold-and-press option for the side and volume buttons remains enabled by default.

SharePlay has also received some updates that allow some apps to initiate SharePlay calls from within the app, instead of requiring you to initiate a SharePlay call and then open the app. Developers will need to update their apps accordingly, so expect this option to roll out over time.

Another feature in the update is the ability to copy text from objects using the camera in the Notes or Reminders apps. And, as noted by ZDNet, iOS 15.4 also fixes a bug related to Siri interaction recordings.

For more Apple news, read about your iPhone as a payment terminal and The possible wide range of new products from Apple for this fall. Also here is how the 2022 iPhone SE compares to the 2020 versionand whether you should buy an older iPhone SE

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