The iOS 15.4 is nearing its release date with the beta testing for developers already available alongside the associated operating systems such as iPadOS 15.4, watchOS, and tvOS. Check out what’s new in iOS 15.4 including the features, bug fixes, and additions.
Apple has already confirmed the new iOS 15.4 is going will be a significant update bringing in a great mixture of features including Face-ID with mask, a new set of emojis, the highly anticipated Universal Control on iPad, and more.
The Release Notes for the iOS and iPadOS 15.4 are already out. We know exactly what’s coming in the new iOS version. Apple has already delayed it much after rolling the first beta back in January. Now, it is almost here.
iOS 15.4 Release Date and Launch Time
Apple hasn’t confirmed the exact release date for the iOS 15.4, however, it has confirmed via a press release that it is coming next week. It will be the same time when the newly launched iPhone SE 3 and iPad Air 5 will be available in the market.
You can expect iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 to be rolled out during the same time, possibly around March 18, 2022. It can even be available as soon as Monday or Tuesday.
— Apple Hub (@theapplehub) March 8, 2022
Apple usually rolls out the iOS updates around 10 AM Pacific time. So, we expect the next update to launch around 10 AM PT/ 1 PM ET/ 12 PM CT/ 11 AM MT/ 3 PM GMT. There could be a delay of around 10 to 15 minutes depending upon your device.
So, do not panic if you didn’t get the iOS update at the exact time after watching tweets of users already using the latest iOS version.
iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 Beta Testing is Available
The iOS 15.4 is already available for beta testing if you have enrolled in the company’s public Beta Software Program, which is free for anyone with a compatible device and Apple ID. The beta is already available for developers, but a developer account requires an annual fee.
iOS 15.4 in dev beta 👀 pic.twitter.com/gMTwitM2fC
— Griko Nibras (@griko_nibras) March 10, 2022
If you want to start using the pre-release version of the upcoming iOS version, you can do it right now. However, remember that the beta version is usually unstable and full of frustrating bugs and issues. So, try it only with your spare device.
iOS 15.4: New Features and Bug Fixes
The new iOS 15.4 will introduce a plethora of impressive features alongside the essential bug fixes. Fortunately, the beta versions have already revealed what’s coming in the upcoming iOS.
Take a look at everything here.
Face ID with Mask
The face mask has become a new norm due to the global COVID-19 outbreak, so Apple is preparing to allow users to use Face ID even while wearing a mask. After installing iOS 15.4, users can go to the Face ID & Passcode settings, to turn on the “Use Face ID with a Mask” feature.
After that, Face ID will be able to recognize your face without needing you to uncover it fully. Although Apple is a bit late in introducing the feature as the world is now preparing to take off the mask, it’s always better late than never.
The new iOS version will also bring with it a cool collection of new emojis. There are around 37 new emojis and 75 skin tone variants on the iOS 15.4 beta. You can expect them to be available in the final public release as part of the Unicode Consortium’s Emoji Version 14.0.
Some of the upcoming emojis on your iPhone are melting face, saluting face, biting lip, jar, beans, x-ray, bubbles, etc.
Universal Control is an iPad feature that has been in development for a pretty long time now. It was supposed to release last fall but will release with the iPadOS 15.4. This feature lets you drag and drop files between the iPad and Mac, or between Macs.
It also allows you to share keyboard and mouse wireless between your two iDevices. It is available in the AirPlay & Handoff tab under General Settings. You can find a new Cursor and Keyboard (Beta) option there.
More Secure AirTag
Apple has also announced multiple AirTag changes to make it more secure and prevent its tracking with the iOS and iPadOS 15.4. The company has added a new message during setup that says “AirTag is designed to be detected by victims and to enable law enforcement to request identifying information about the owner.”
There is also a warning that states using an AirTag to track people without their consent is a crime. The new iOS version will also introduce more accurate identification of devices to prevent the “Unknown Accessory” alerts.
Siri gets a new Voice
The iOS 15.4 will introduce a new American Siri Voice 5 that you can apply to all interactions. The upcoming voice isn’t exactly male or female. Apple says that a member of the LGBTQ+ community recorded it.
Apple included in the beta version of iOS 15.4 a new voice for Siri. A new voice with a less defined gender was recorded by an LGBTQ+ person, and this was the only detail that would be disclosed. This Siri is only available in English for now. pic.twitter.com/gqa0vpgZ4x
— PlayGround + (@PlayGroundPlus) March 9, 2022
This is seen as Apple’s another step towards diversity and willingness to accept varying communities.
Tap to Pay with iPhone
Apple is also adding the framework for the ‘Tap to Pay’ feature in iOS 15.4. The new payment processing method will enable your iPhone to accept Apple Pay payments without needing a credit card terminal or extra hardware.
This contactless payment feature is currently not available in the public beta. Only developers can try it for now.
Save Digital IDs in the Wallets App
Another notable feature of the new iOS version is the ability to add digital IDs including driver’s license, state ID, etc to the Wallet app on iPhone. This feature will only be available for US users initially.
Also, it’ll be available for users on a state-by-state basis. Arizona, Georgia, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah are the first in line.
Along with this, the Health will start supporting the EU Digital COVID Certificate format. You can add to your vaccine record in the Health and Wallet apps in supported regions.
More new features coming with iOS 15.4
Along with the ones mentioned above, there are more interesting and useful features coming with iOS 15.4, take a look at them as well:
- Users can add notes to a password entry in Keychain. Just go to Settings and then tap on Passwords to view your Keychain entries.
- iPhone will support the adaptive triggers function of the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller.
- You can add a new Apple Card widget to your home screen or Today view to see your current balance and spending activity.
- Third-party apps will support 120Hz ProMotion on the iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max.
- Safari will stop saving your passwords silently when there is no specific login name for a website. Instead, it will ask you to enter the credentials to save a complete entry.
- You can turn off notifications for Personal Automations in Shortcuts.
- Adds support to set up custom email domains directly from iCloud Mail on the iPhone.
- You can activate SharePlay from the Share Sheet.
- You can customize the left and right corner swipe gestures in the Notes app.
- Users can now use their iPhone to sign in to passkey-compatible websites and apps on their iPad or Mac.
- The ‘Cosmetic Scan’ feature will check your iPhone for damage while trading it.
These are all the key features that the iPhone will get with the installation of iOS 15.4.
Bug Fixes coming with iOS 15.4
New iOS versions come with much-needed bug fixes and resolutions, and iOS 15.4 will follow the same route. You can expect the following bugs to be fixed with the upcoming iOS version:
- The keyboard inserting period between typed numbers.
- Live Listen not turning off despite switching it off in Control Center.
- Photos and videos not syncing to iCloud Photo Library.
- News widgets in Today View not opening articles on tapping.
- Third-party apps not displaying 120Hz animations on the iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max.
You can check out the Release Notes describing the new features, enhancements, and bug fixes of the iOS and iPadOS 15.4 here.
How to Install iOS 15.4 on your iPhone?
Once iOS 15.4 is available, you can install it by following these steps:
- Go to Settings.
- Tap on General.
- Next, tap on Software update.
- Tap on Download and Install.
- Finally, wait for the device to upgrade.
If you want to install it before the public release, you’ll have to sign up for Apple’s Beta Software Program from here. After that, just follow the steps mentioned above.
Also, make sure you have sufficient storage to install the latest iOS update. You should not be low on space. You also need to have at least 50% battery power or more. We’d also recommend creating a backup of your data before updating the device.
iOS 15.4 Compatibility: Which iPhones will get it?
The iOS 15.4 will be compatible with all the iPhones that are compatible with the iOS 15 version. Here is a list of devices that will be compatible with iOS 15.4:
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone Xs
- iPhone Xs Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE (1st generation)
- iPhone SE (2nd generation)
- iPod touch (7th generation)
If you’re wondering if your iPhone will be getting iOS 15.4, find its name in the list above. If it is available, then yes, but if it isn’t, then, unfortunately, no.
iOS 15.4 Download Size and Required Free Space
Apple hasn’t revealed the download size of the upcoming iOS 15.4 yet but, we will update this section once it is available.
You will need a good amount of free space to install it though. So, if you are low on space, try deleting some pictures, videos, apps, and other types of data to free up some space. You’ll usually need around 1.5GB to 2GB of free space to update your iPhone.
We don’t know how much space you will need exactly, but going by the norms will be fine.
Are you excited about the new iOS update coming next week, and will you be installing it right away? Share your thoughts in the comments.