After months of anticipation, Apple finally rolled out the iOS 15.4 update for iPhones this week.
The update includes several exciting features, including 37 new emoji, a “gender-neutral” voice for Apple’s smart assistant, Siri, and the ability to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask.
While many iPhone users have already eagerly downloaded the update, many have reported that iOS 15.4 is affecting battery life.
While many iPhone users have already eagerly downloaded the update, many have reported that iOS 15.4 is affecting battery life (stored image)
Key Features in iOS 15.4
1. Unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask
2. A new ‘gender neutral’ voice for Siri
3. 37 new emojis including pregnant man, disco ball and hand gestures
4. Start SharePlay from FaceTime
Taking to Twitter, one user wrote: “ ios 15.4 battery drain is utterly ridiculous. Why can’t Apple get correct versions the first time? It decreased by 5% in less than 10 minutes.
Posting the latest picture of how his battery has drained so quickly since installing the update, he wrote: ‘SOS Apple. Battery drains very quickly.
One added, “My battery ran out very quickly after I updated iOS to 15.4.”
Fortunately, battery issues are not likely to remain, according to ZDNet.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, a researcher at ZDNet, explained: “Installing a new operating system on an iPhone runs a lot of things in the background, from indexing to resetting the battery, and this can last for hours or even days.
Not only does this consume power, but recalibrating the battery can give the impression that the battery is draining more quickly when in reality it is not.
Many frustrated users have taken to Twitter to discuss iPhone battery life issues after iOS 15.4 update
Add to this the double factor of a lot of app updates happening after a new release, along with a lot of new features available that could drain even more older phones.
If you’re concerned about your iPhone battery and it’s been a few days since you updated to iOS 15.4, Kingsley-Hughes advises checking your battery health.
He added, “If you go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health and the message says it’s useful for maximum performance, then either it’s just the normal stuff or something is wrong.”
Here’s a look at the key features in iOS 15.4, now available on iPhone 6s or later.
Apple has finally released the much-anticipated iOS 15.4 update, allowing iPhone users to unlock their smartphone while wearing a mask.
How to unlock your iPhone with a mask
- Install iOS 15.4
- Open Settings > Face ID & Passcode > Use Face ID with a Mask
- toggle this on
- Follow the prompts to re-register Face ID to use with a mask
- If you wear glasses in the first scan, iOS will ask you to remove them for the second time
Open with a mask
Nearly two years since the start of the Covid pandemic, Apple is finally allowing iPhone users to unlock iPhone using Face ID when wearing a face mask.
Face ID, Apple’s facial recognition system, has finally received the all-important update as part of iOS 15.4.
“The iPhone will now include an option that enables users to unlock Face ID while wearing a mask,” Apple said.
Once registered, the iPhone can recognize unique features around the eye area for authentication.
Face ID while wearing a mask can be used as authentication to unlock iPhone, complete transactions with Apple Pay, and autofill passwords in apps and Safari.
However, while iOS 15.4 is available for all iPhone 6s models, the ability to unlock your smartphone while wearing a mask will only be available to those with iPhone 12 or later.
From a pregnant man to stinging lips, 37 new emojis coming to iPhones were revealed at the end of January
New Emoji: Key Features
– pregnant man
– Live with eggs
– disco ball
– low battery
– X ray
From a pregnant man to stinging lips, 37 new emojis coming to iPhones were revealed at the end of January.
A pregnant man and a pregnant person understand that “pregnancy is possible for some transgender men and non-binary people,” says Emojipedia, part of the California-based Unicode Consortium, the central bank for all certified emoji.
But it’s also possible that the new pregnant emoji will be used as a tongue-in-cheek way of displaying baby’s food, a stomach so full from eating a big meal.
iOS 15.4 also includes seven all-new smiley emojis, including Melting Face, Dotted Line Face, Face Hold Back Tears, and Face with Diagonal Mouth.
“Users can now choose separate skin tones for each hand in the handshake emoji,” Apple added.
Other extras include a motorcycle frame, sled, disco ball, club dwarf, coral, beans, and a low battery.
The Unicode Consortium officially signed off on the candidates for the release of emoji, version 14.0, last September.
The new emoji has arrived on iOS as part of the first beta build of iOS 15.4. These include a melting face, a pregnant man, a mirror disco ball, and a multi-ethnic handshake emoji.
How to change Siri’s voice and tone
To change the voice or tone of your smart assistant:
1. Open Settings
2. Click on “Siri & Search”
3. Tap on “Siri Voice”
4. In the Miscellaneous section, choose from American, Australian, British, Indian, Irish or South African
5. In the Audio section, click Options and choose your preference
But companies including Apple, Google and Microsoft are applying simplified versions of the consortium designs to their operating systems.
Apple was revealed by Emojipedia in a blog post published on January 27, the same day iOS 15.4 hit beta.
While Siri is known for its original female voice, with iOS 15.4 users can choose a new gender-neutral voice called Quinn.
The tech giant confirmed that the new voice was recorded by a member of the LGBTQ+ community, but did not provide any other details.
“Siri now has a new voice for English speakers, giving users more options to choose a voice that speaks to them,” Apple said.
Siri’s new voice takes advantage of Neural Text to Speech technology for amazingly natural sound.
While the new voice is simply called “Voice 5” on the iPhone, its file name refers to the voice as Quinn, according to the iOS developer. Steve Moser.
Users who choose American Siri have a choice of five voices for their smart assistant.
A video posted to Twitter by The Verge reporter John Porter shows the various voices in action.
While Siri is best known for its original female voice, users will soon be able to choose a new “gender-neutral” voice called Quinn. Apple releases new audio in upcoming iOS update
Voices 1 and 3 are low-pitched masculine sounds, while sounds 2 and 4 are high-pitched female sounds, while the new 5 is not clearly male or female.
It comes just less than a year after Apple discontinued its original female voice, and launched two new options.
Other updates that come with iOS 15.4 are vaccination records in the Health app and the Apple Card widget in the Today view.
Apple unveils the new IPHONE SE and IPAD AIR with 5G technology with M1 chip and MAC STUDIO
Apple has unveiled new versions of its minimalist iPhone and iPad, which include the same processors as the high-end models.
The iPhone SE will go on sale at $429 starting Friday, and it comes with the Apple A15 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 13, a 12-megapixel camera, and 5G connectivity.
Apple confirmed that it will be able to work up to 26 times faster than the iPhone 8, and includes “Live Text”, allowing users to copy the text in the image.
The company also released a new iPad Air, which includes the iPad Pro’s M1 processor, a faster USB-C port for faster video transfers, and a 12MP ultra-wide camera on the front of the device.
Apple CEO Tim Cook also announced a new computer called the Mac Studio, featuring the new high-end M1 Ultra processor, Apple’s Studio Display with an integrated A13 Bionic chip and an ultra-wide camera.
Read more: Apple unveils 5G iPhone SE and iPad Air with M1 chip and Mac Studio