Enjoy Face ID with a mask and other cool features when you update your iPhone to iOS 15.4 now.

If you have the ‘automatic updates’ turned on, chances are you’ve already on the latest iOS 15.4. The most recent features on the new iOS, especially for the iPhone, have been highly anticipated especially since the announcement of the mask-on Face ID recognition feature in last year’s keynote.

Here’s a quick recap of all the new features in iOS 15.4 that you should know to experience your Apple devices at its best. 

New Emoji Alert

There will be more than 37 new emoji on the latest update, which include faces, hand gestures and also cute household objects. We especially love the pregnant man, melting face, and the multi-racial handshakes. Users will also find the heart hands especially useful as a universal gesture of love.

New emojis coming to iOS 15.4 (Image: Emojipedia)

SharePlay

Users can now start SharePlay from FaceTime and the new iOS 15.4 allows SharePlay sessions to be initiated directly from supported apps. You can share experiences while on a FaceTime call, making communication experiential, creative and interactive.

Visual Look Up

The Visual Look Up now recognises art, world landmarks, plants and flowers, books, as well as dog and cat breeds in a user’s photo so that they can learn more about them. Available in many languages, it is an educational yet immersive way to learn more about general knowledge and history via the iPhone. 

Add a new feature with mask support for you to unlock your screen while wearing a mask. (Image: Apple)

Face ID with a mask

iPhone users will now be able to include an option that enables users to unlock Face ID while wearing a mask. The device now recognises a mask-on face to unlock the phone, complete transactions with Apple Pay and autofilling passwords in apps and Safari. Once enrolled, iPhone can recognise the unique features around the eye area to authenticate — allowing a seamless experience especially during the looming pandemic.

Siri Voice

Not that you’re already tired of Siri’s voice, but Siri now has a new voice! Especially for English speakers, you can now choose a preferred voice to speak to you. The new Siri voice leverages Neural Text to Speech technology for an incredibly natural sound.

News and Podcasts

News now offers enhanced discovery of audio content in the Today feed and Audio tab. For Podcasts listeners, the app now adds episode filters for seasons, played, unplayed, saved, or downloaded episodes for a better user-friendly interface.

Easily scan texts and pop it right into Notes and Reminders. (Image: Apple)

Live Text

ICMYI, Live Text can now be added to Notes and Reminders apps using the camera. Tab on the screen for options and select Live Text to scan the texts around you to get it right in Notes or Reminders easily — works best for recipes, study notes, as well as important information on brochures and more. There is also the Camera in keyboard to allow easy ‘copy and paste’ of text into Notes and Reminders. 

Audio Hints in Fitness+

The new Audio hints in Fitness+ now provide audio cues of visually demonstrated moves during workouts to better support users who are blind or low-vision. This is part of Apple’s initiative to enable accessibility of its functions and features to everyone inclusively. 

And with the new iPhone SE, iPad Air and more coming out in the market in 2022, there’s so much more to anticipate and look forward to from Apple. 

(Hero image & Featured image: Unsplashed)

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