Updates make our phones better, and if you use an iPhone or iPad, you can now download iOS 15.4.
Apple has made the update iOS 15.4 available to its devices globally. The update brings features that the company has been trialing since January. Most notable is the ability to unlock your device while wearing a mask, meaning you can unlock your device without using your Apple Watch or entering your passcode. This is handy as many iPhone users navigate Covid restrictions.
After installing the update, you can activate Face ID with a mask by going to the Face ID and Passcode section of the Settings menu. Testers have said the mask-friendly Face ID works well, but it still gets tripped up when you wear glasses or hats that may obscure some part of your head. However, the feature was in beta then. Moreover, Apple has warned that wearing a mask may affect the accuracy of the authentication feature.
Other features are new emojis and support for Universal Control. With Universal Control, you can control your iPad wirelessly using your Mac keyboard and a mouse. It also lets you transfer files between the tablet ad computer wirelessly. The feature requires macOS Monterey 12.3, which has also become available.
In addition, there is an anti-stalking feature for Apple’s AirTag, to prevent the tags from being used to stalk people. It includes a new privacy notice that using the gadget to stalk people without their consent is illegal, and law enforcement could request details of all AirTags linked to a user’s device. When Apple announced the feature, it stated it would later arrive this year.
iPhone owners can now get alerts when an unknown AirTag is detected around them.
The new update also brings a unique gender-neutral Siri voice. Also, there is support for a new Tap to Feature that enables iPhone to accept contactless payments, although third-party payment processors have to support it to work.
You can get the update if you have an iPhone 6S or higher or all iOS 15-compatible phones. For the iPad, models supporting iPadOS 15.4 include all iPad Pros, iPad Air from the second generation and up, the iPad mini from the fourth generation and up, and the standard iPad from the fifth generation up.
The macOS Monterey 12.3 is supported by the iMac from the 2015 model up, the iMac Pro from 2017 up, the Mac Pro from 2013 up, the Mac Mini from 2014 up, MacBook Pro from 2015 up, MacBook Air from 2015 up, and MacBook from 2016 up.
Check for the iPhone or iPad update by going to Settings > General > Software Update. On Mac, go to System Preferences > Software Update.
The update comes days ahead of the release of Apple’s new iPhone SE and green iPhone 13.