Apple could debut the next iOS update in less than a week, with Apple’s first event of the year. The fifth – and possibly final – beta for iOS 15.4 has rolled out to public testers. iOS 15.4’s betas have introduced AirTag anti-stalking alerts, a new emoji, updates to Face ID and the long-awaited arrival of Universal Control.
As the name implies, iOS 15.4 is the fourth major update towhich launched with the in September. These updates, which started with December’s , have added more features to Apple’s iPhone operating system and updated existing ones. iOS 15.4 will follow iOS 15.3.1, which was released last month to patch .
As with every operating system beta, we recommend, rather than your primary iPhone. Beta releases are intended to test for stability and bugs, which means they’re not optimized like release versions – you’ll likely experience shorter battery life and app instability.
When is the iOS 15.4 release date?
Apple has not announced a release date for iOS 15.4, but we could see the update at Apple’s March 8 event, where we’re also expecting.
How do I download the iOS 15.4 beta?
You’ll first need to sign up for Apple’s Beta Software Program. Once you’re in the program, download the configuration profile from Apple. Then you should be able to find the latest beta version by going to Settings> General> Software update and selecting Download and Install. Again, we only recommend this for secondary and tester devices due to the buggy nature of beta tests.
What is Universal Control?
Universal Control lets you use other devices as second screens, moving content seamlessly between them using only one device. This eagerly anticipated feature was initially announced asover the fall, with a new timeline pointing to “this spring.” Universal Control has shown up in the iOS 15.4 beta, however, and is expected to launch alongside the Monterey OS 12.3 update.
Can I use Face ID with masks?
Apple is updating its Face ID feature to be usable 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 will not work with sunglasses.
What new emoji are coming?
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 arein the update, including new options for pregnant people, hands forming a heart shape, a salute and – my personal favorite – a lip-biting emoji. The emojis 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.
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, the second update to the iOS 15.4 beta also fixes a bug related to recordings of Siri interactions.
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