iOS 15.4: The New Features You’ll Want on Your iPhone


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Have you downloaded Apple’s newest iPhone upgrade? iOS 15.4 has actually been out and readily available to the general public for a couple weeks, and if you have not yet set up the brand-new mobile os, you’re losing out on a multitude of beneficial functions. iOS 15.4 brings the long-awaited Universal Control, Face ID that works while you’re using a mask, 37 brand-new emoji and reinforced personal privacy steps to your iPhone (and iPad through iPadOS 15.4).

As the name represents, iOS 15.4 is the 4th significant upgrade to iOS 15, which released with the iPhone 13 inSeptember These updates, which began with December’s iOS 15.1 release, have actually included more includes to Apple’s iPhone running system and enhanced existing ones. iOS 15.4 follows iOS 15.3.1, which was launched last month to spot a security vulnerability in iPhones and iPads

When was the iOS 15.4 release date?

Both iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 were launched on March14 The brand-new green iPhone 13, the alpine green iPhone 13 Pro and the brand-new iPhone SE will include iOS 15.4 preloaded, according toApple

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 upgrade is more than a gigabyte, so ensure you’re linked to Wi-Fi to prevent chewing through your regular monthly information allocation.

What is Universal Control?

Universal Control lets you utilize other Apple gadgets as 2nd screens, moving content flawlessly in between them utilizing just one gadget. This excitedly prepared for function was at first revealed as part of Mac OS Monterey, however was postponed over the fall, with a brand-new timeline indicating “this spring.” Universal Control became part of the iOS 15.4 beta, and released as a public beta with the Monterey OS 12.3 and iPadOS 15.4 updates.

Because Universal Control is still in beta, anticipate to encounter some problems from time to time. And note that the function does not deal with every gadget. Apple states Universal control is readily available on:

  • Mac Book Pro (2016 and later on)
  • Mac Book (2016 and later on)
  • Mac Book Air (2018 and later on)
  • iMac (2017 and later on)
  • iMac (5K Retina 27- inch, late 2015)
  • iMac Pro
  • Mac Mini (2018 and later on)
  • Mac Pro (2019)
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Air (3rd generation and later on)
  • iPad (6th generation and later on)
  • iPad Mini (5th generation and later on)

Apple notes that to utilize Universal Control, “Both gadgets need to be checked in to iCloud with the very same Apple ID utilizing two-factor authentication. To utilize wirelessly, both gadgets need to have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Handoff switched on and need to be within 10 meters (30 feet) of each other. [The] iPad and Mac needs to not be sharing a cellular and web connection. To usage over USB, you need to trust your Mac on the iPad.”

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Can I use Face ID with masks?

Apple has updated its Face ID feature to be usable on the iPhone 12 and newer models even while wearing a mask. 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’re holding your phone at when using Face ID. Your phone will even prompt you if it needs you to look more directly at the screen. The updated feature should work for people who wear glasses, but it won’t work with sunglasses.

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What new emoji are included?

If you’re the kind of person who prides yourself on creative and fun emoji use, you’re going to 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. These were revealed last fall, and also include a melting face, a face holding 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 safety-focused updates to AirTags, which have been under the spotlight after reports of the devices being used to stalk people.

The 15.4 update also changes the emergency call shortcut “call with five presses” from a default setting 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 received some updates as well, allowing some apps to start SharePlay calls from the app, rather than your needing to start a SharePlay call and then open the app. Developers will have to update their apps accordingly, so expect this option to roll out over time.

Another feature included in the update is the ability to copy text from objects using the camera while in 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 your iPhone as a payment terminal and Apple’s possible wide array of new products for this fall. Also, here’s how the 2022 iPhone SE compares with the 2020 version, and whether you should buy an older iPhone SE now.