iOS 15.4 has more to offer than just the new Emoji

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

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Apple’s latest iPhone update is available and available for download. The new operating system update, dubbed iOS 15.4, is called the long-awaited update universal controlAirTag anti-stalking alerts, a A gender-neutral voice option for SiriAnd the new emoji And the Face ID is easy to use for compatible iPhones. These new features are also coming to iPad with iPadOS 15.4.

As the name suggests, iOS 15.4 is the fourth major update of iOS 15which was launched with iPhone 13 in September. These updates started in December iOS 15.1 versionThey added more features to Apple’s iPhone operating system and improved existing ones. iOS 15.4 follows iOS 15.3.1, which was released last month for a patch Vulnerability in iPhone and iPad devices.

When was the iOS 15.4 release date?

iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 were both released on March 14th. the new iPhone 13 green, iPhone 13 Pro alpine green and new iPhone SE It 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 more than a gigabyte, so make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi to avoid munching on your monthly data allocation.

What is universal control?

Universal Control allows you to use other Apple devices as second monitors, and seamlessly transfer content between them using just one device. This eagerly anticipated feature was initially announced as Part of macOS Monterey, but delayed During the fall, with a new schedule indicating “this spring”. Universal Control was part of the iOS 15.4 beta, and was released as a public beta with updates for Monterey OS 12.3 and iPadOS 15.4.

Since Universal Control is still in beta, expect to run into some issues now and then. 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 Pro
  • Mac Mini (2018 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2019)
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Air (3rd generation and later)
  • iPad (6th generation or later)
  • iPad Mini (5th generation and later)

Apple notes that 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 turned on and must be within 10 meters (30 feet) from each other. [The] Your iPad and Mac must not share a cellular or Internet connection. To use USB, you must trust your Mac to your iPad.”

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Can I use Face ID with masks?

Apple has updated its Face ID feature to be usable on iPhone 12 and later even while wearing a mask. Since the feature uses a smaller part 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 also prompt if it needs to look directly at the screen. The updated feature should work for people who wear glasses, but it won’t work with sunglasses.

Read more: iOS 15.4 finally lets you unlock your iPhone with a mask. Here’s how

What new emojis are included?

If you are the type of person who takes pride in using creative and fun emojis, you will love iOS 15.4. there 37 new emoji In the update, including new options for swatches, hands posing in the shape of a heart, a salute and – my personal favorite – a lip-biting emoji. These were revealed last fall and also include a melting face, a face holding a tear, a bird’s nest, a coral, a lotus, a low battery, and a bean.

Other iOS 15.4 Features

It also brings a new operating system update Safety focused updates for AirTagsWhich was highlighted after reports about the devices used to chase people.

Update 15.4 also changes the emergency call shortcut “five press call” from the default to an option, which means that the feature will only be enabled if you choose to allow it. The pinch, side, and volume buttons remain enabled by default.

SharePlay has received some updates as well, allowing some apps to initiate SharePlay calls from the app, rather than having to start a SharePlay call and then open the app. Developers will have to update their apps accordingly, so expect this option to be rolled out over time.

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

For more Apple news, read about it Your iPhone as a payment terminal And the A potentially large selection of new products from Apple for this fall. Also, here How does the iPhone 2022 SE compare to the 2020 versionAnd the Whether you should buy an older iPhone SE now.