Apple today released iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4, the fourth major updates to the iOS and iPadOS 15 operating systems which were released in September 2021. iOS and iPadOS 15.4 arrive a month after the launch of iOS 15.3. 1 and iPadOS 15.3.1.
iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 updates are free to download, and the software is available on all eligible devices live in the Settings app. To access new software, go to Settings > General > Software Update.
iOS 15.4 adds an option to use Face ID while wearing a mask, which works like normal Face ID but scans the areas around your eyes for authentication. iPadOS 15.4 introduces Universal Control, allowing multiple Macs and iPads to be controlled with the same mouse/trackpad and keyboard.
The updates also add 37 new emoji characters and lay the groundwork for the new “Tap to Pay on iPhone” feature that allows NFC-enabled iPhones to accept payments through Apple Pay. There are also updates to add custom domains to iCloud Mail directly on device, Siri improvements, new Emergency SOS features, and more. Apple’s full release notes for the update are below:
– Face ID while wearing a mask option on iPhone 12 and newer
– Apple Pay and password autofill in apps and Safari can be used with Face ID while wearing a mask
– New emoji including faces, hand gestures and household items are now available in emoji keyboard
– Handshake emoji lets you choose separate skin tones for each hand
– SharePlay sessions can be launched directly from supported apps
– Siri can provide offline time and date information on iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone 11 or newer
– Siri now includes an additional voice, expanding the variety of options
– EU COVID digital certificate support in Health allows you to upload and store verifiable versions of COVID-19 vaccination, lab results and recovery records
– COVID-19 vaccination cards in Apple Wallet now support EU COVID digital certificate format
This version also includes the following enhancements for your iPhone:
– Safari web page translation adds support for Italian and Chinese (Traditional)
– Podcasts app adds episode filters for seasons, played, unplayed, recorded or downloaded episodes
– iCloud custom email domains can be managed from settings
– News provides improved discovery of audio content in the Today feed and the Audio tab
– Camera in keyboard can be used to add text to notes and reminders
– Shortcuts now support adding, deleting or querying tags with callbacks
– Changed Emergency SOS settings to use call waiting for all users. Call with 5 taps is still available as an option in the Emergency SOS settings
– Close-up in Magnifier uses the ultra-wide camera of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max to help you see small objects
– Saved passwords can now include your own notes in settings
This release also includes bug fixes for your iPhone:
– The keyboard can insert a period between the digits entered
– News widgets in Today view may not open articles when touched
– Photos and videos may not sync to iCloud Photo Library
– Speak Screen Accessibility feature may quit unexpectedly in Books app
– Live listening may not turn off when disabled in control center
Some features may not be available in all regions or on all Apple devices. For more information on Apple Software Update Security content, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
For a complete overview of all the features available in iOS 15, we have a dedicated iOS 15 roundup.
Kuo: the Mac Mini 2023 will keep the same design as the current model
Apple’s next-generation Mac mini will likely feature the same design as the current model, according to top analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a brief tweet, Kuo said the refreshed Mac mini would likely retain the same form factor as the current model, which is an aluminum unibody design that Apple has used for every new Mac mini since 2010. Earlier this week, Kuo said the new mac…
Kuo: Only iPhone 14 Pro models get “A16” chip, standard models keep A15
Only iPhone 14 Pro models will have the “A16” chip, while standard iPhone 14 models will retain the A15 Bionic chip from the iPhone 13, according to insightful Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a tweet, Kuo said that the 6.1-inch “iPhone 14 Pro” and 6.7-inch “iPhone 14 Pro Max” will get the A16 chip, while the 6.1-inch “iPhone 14” and the “6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max” will retain the…
Apple doesn’t plan to release a larger-screen iMac
Apple has no plans to release an iMac with a bigger screen, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. Citing unspecified sources with knowledge of Apple’s product pipeline, the site says Apple won’t be introducing a larger iMac “in the near future.” With the launch of the Mac Studio, Apple discontinued the Intel-based 27-inch iMac, creating some confusion about the future of the iMac line….
Have we seen the last of the 27-inch iMacs?
Immediately after Apple’s “Performance Peek” event on Tuesday where it unveiled the Mac Studio and 27-inch Studio Display, Apple quietly ditched the Intel-powered 27-inch iMac. This has left some observers wondering if we’ll see a new, larger iMac sooner or later, or if the existing 24-inch iMac is as big and powerful as possible for the foreseeable future. After unveiling the Mac…
MacBook Air and ‘MacBook’ with M2 chips expected to launch later this year
Apple is working on the successor to the M1 chip, which should be called M2, and several rumors have already suggested that these chips will be used in machines including a refreshed MacBook Air and a new version of the 13-inch MacBook. Pro. A new report published today by 9to5Mac reiterates those rumors yet again, with the site claiming that Apple will introduce a MacBook Air and…