The beta testing for developers of iOS 15.4 is already available, as are the accompanying operating systems like iPadOS 15.4, watchOS, and tvOS. Check out all of the new features, bug fixes, and enhancements in iOS 15.4.
Apple has already indicated that iOS 15.4 will be a substantial update, offering a wide range of new features such as Face-ID with mask, a new set of emojis, and the much-anticipated Universal Control on iPad, among others.
The iOS and iPadOS 15.4 Release Notes are already available. We already know what the upcoming iOS version will include. After releasing the first beta in January, Apple has already pushed it back significantly. It’s almost here now.
Release Date and Time for iOS 15.4
Apple hasn’t given a specific release date for iOS 15.4, but it has stated that it would be available next week in a press release. It will come at the same time as the release of the newly released iPhone SE 3 and iPad Air 5.
iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 are expected to be released at the same time, likely on March 18, 2022. It might be ready as early as Monday or Tuesday.
Apple’s iOS updates are normally released around 10 a.m. Pacific time. As a result, we anticipate the next update to arrive at approximately 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT/11 a.m. MT/3 p.m. GMT. Depending on your device, there may be a delay of 10 to 15 minutes.
So, if you didn’t get the iOS update at the exact time after seeing tweets from users who already have the latest iOS version, don’t panic.
Beta testing for iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 is now available.
If you’ve signed up for Apple’s public Beta Software Program, which is free for everyone with a compatible device and an Apple ID, iOS 15.4 is already available for beta testing. Developers can access the beta now, but they must pay an annual fee for a developer account.
iOS 15.4 in dev beta 👀 pic.twitter.com/gMTwitM2fC— Griko Nibras (@griko_nibras) March 10, 2022
You can begin utilizing the pre-release version of the future iOS version right now if you choose. However, keep in mind that beta versions are frequently unstable and riddled with vexing bugs and glitches. As a result, only use your backup device to test it.
New Features and Bug Fixes in iOS 15.4
Along with the necessary bug patches, the new iOS 15.4 will have a slew of exciting changes. Fortunately, the beta versions have already disclosed what will be included in the next iOS release.
Take a look at all that’s available.
Face Recognition with a Mask
Because the global COVID-19 outbreak has made wearing a face mask the new standard, Apple is ready to allow customers to utilize Face ID while wearing a mask. After upgrading to iOS 15.4, users can enable the “Use Face ID with a Mask” feature in the Face ID & Passcode settings.
Face ID will thereafter be able to recognize your face without you having to fully expose it. Although Apple is a little late in releasing the function as the world prepares to remove the mask, it’s better late than never.
Emojis have been updated.
The new iOS update will also include an exciting set of new emojis. The iOS 15.4 beta includes 37 new emojis and 75 skin tone variations. You can expect them to be included in the Unicode Consortium’s Emoji Version 14.0 final public release.
Melting face, saluting face, biting lip, jar, beans, x-ray, bubbles, and other emojis will be available soon on your iPhone.
Universal Control is an iPad feature that has been in the works for quite a while. It was intended to come out last fall, but it will instead come out with iPadOS 15.4. You can drag and drop files between the iPad and Mac, or across Macs, using this capability.
It also enables you to wirelessly share your keyboard and mouse between your two iDevices. It’s under the General Settings tab in the AirPlay & Handoff menu. There’s a new Cursor and Keyboard (Beta) option there as well.
AirTag is now more secure.
Apple has also made a number of modifications to AirTag to make it more secure and prevent tracking with iOS and iPadOS 15.4. “AirTag is meant to be spotted by victims and to enable law enforcement to request identifying information about the owner,” the business adds in a new warning during setup.
There’s also a disclaimer that it’s illegal to use an AirTag to track someone without their knowledge. To avoid “Unknown Accessory” notifications, the future iOS version will have more accurate device identification.
Siri has been given a new voice.
The new American Siri Voice 5 will be available in iOS 15.4 and can be used in all interactions. The new voice is neither male nor feminine. According to Apple, it was recorded by a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
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 considered as Apple’s next step toward diversity and acceptance of different communities.
Tap & Pay with your iPhone
In iOS 15.4, Apple also adds the framework for the ‘Tap to Pay feature. Apple Pay payments will be accepted on your iPhone without the need for a credit card terminal or additional hardware thanks to the new payment processing technique.
The public beta does not yet include this contactless payment capability. For the time being, it is only available to developers.
Wallets App allows you to save digital IDs.
Another important feature of the new iOS version is the ability to upload digital IDs to the iPhone’s Wallet app, such as driver’s licenses and state IDs. For the time being, this feature will only be available to users in the United States.
It will also be provided on a state-by-state basis for users. The first in line are Arizona, Georgia, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah.
In addition, the Health Department will begin to accept the EU Digital COVID Certificate format. Ineligible regions, you can add to your immunization record in the Health and Wallet applications.
With iOS 15.4, there will be even more new features.
Along with the ones stated above, iOS 15.4 has a number of other fascinating and useful additions, so take a look at them:
- In Keychain, users can add notes to a password entry. To view your Keychain entries, go to Settings and then Passwords.
- The iPhone will be able to use the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller’s adaptive triggers feature.
- To show your current balance and spending activity, add a new Apple Card widget to your home screen or Today view.
- On the iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max, third-party apps will support 120Hz ProMotion.
When there is no specific login name for a website, Safari will discreetly stop remembering your passwords. Instead, you’ll be prompted to input your credentials in order to save a complete submission.
- In Shortcuts, you can disable notifications for Personal Automations.
Adds the ability to set up custom email domains directly from the iPhone’s iCloud Mail app.
- From the Share Sheet, you may activate SharePlay.
- In the Notes app, you may configure the left and right corner swipe motions.
Users may now sign in to passkey-compatible websites and apps on their iPad or Mac using their iPhone.
- While trading your iPhone, the ‘Cosmetic Scan’ tool will check for damage.
With the installation of iOS 15.4, the iPhone will gain all of these crucial features.
iOS 15.4 will include bug fixes.
New iOS versions are known for bringing much-needed bug fixes and remedies, and iOS 15.4 will be no exception. The following bugs are expected to be fixed in the forthcoming iOS version:
- Between typed numerals, the keyboard inserts a period.
- Despite turning it off in Control Center, Live Listen does not turn off.
- iCloud Photo Library is not syncing photos and videos.
- Today’s news widgets Articles aren’t opening when you tap them.
- Third-party apps on the iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max do not support 120Hz animations.
- The iOS and iPadOS 15.4 Release Notes, which describe the new features, enhancements, and bug fixes, can be found here.
How do you update your iPhone to iOS 15.4?
When iOS 15.4 becomes available, follow these steps to install it:
- Go to the Settings menu.
- Select General.
- Then, select Software Update.
- Select Download and Install from the drop-down menu.
- Last but not least, wait for the gadget to upgrade.
You’ll need to sign up for Apple’s Beta Software Program here if you want to install it before the public release. Then simply follow the instructions outlined above.
Also, make sure you have enough space on your device to install the most recent iOS update. You should not be running out of room. You’ll also need at least 50% battery power, if not more. Before updating the device, we recommend making a backup of your data.
Which iPhones will be compatible with iOS 15.4?
All iPhones that are compatible with the iOS 15 version will be able to run iOS 15.4. The following is a list of devices that will work with iOS 15.4:
- iPhone 13 small iPhone 13
- Apple iPhone 13 Pro
- Max iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 12 small iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Pro is a high-end smartphone.
- Max iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro Max (iPhone 11 Pro)
- iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs
- iPhone XR (iPhone XR)
- iPhone X iPhone 8 iPhone 8 Plus iPhone X Plus iPhone X Plus iPhone X Plus iPhone X
- iPhone 7 Plus iPhone 7
- Apple iPhone 6s
- iPhone SE iPhone 6s Plus (1st generation)
- SE (iPhone SE) (2nd generation)
- iPod shuffle (7th generation)
If you want to know if your iPhone will get iOS 15.4, look it up in the list above. If it’s available, then yes; if it isn’t, then no.
Size of the iOS 15.4 Download and Required Free Space
The download size of the next iOS 15.4 has yet to be published by Apple, but we will update this area as it is.
However, you’ll need a lot of free space to install it. So, if you’re running out of space, try deleting some photos, videos, apps, and other types of data. To update your iPhone, you’ll typically need 1.5GB to 2GB of free space.
We don’t sure how much space you’ll need, but following the rules should be enough.
Are you looking forward to the new iOS version that will be released next week, and will you install it right away? Let us know what you think in the comments.