For the past 2 years, we all revolved around this COVID 19 situation where we adapted to a new lifestyle with Mask. Apple is also inspiring us in this situation by adding supportive features to their product.

Today, Apple released iOS 15.4, which includes some new addition. The most fascinating feature is ‘Face ID recognition while wearing a mask’ which means now Apple users can unlock their phone without removing the mask.

Unfortunately, this feature is limited to only newer-model iPhones. Apple published specific availability details, the “Use Face ID with a Mask” feature is available on the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

iOS 15.4 also Includes 37 New Emoji & New Siri Voice

Apple explains that it is scanning the “unique features around the eye area” to authenticate you with your Face ID while wearing a mask. The “Use Face ID with a Mask” feature is not supported on any iPad models.

There are some other additions to iOS 15.4 update

Over 37 New Emoji

iOS 15.4 includes over 37 new emoji characters from which to choose. These new options are part of the emoji 14.0 collection and include characters such as peaking faces, heart hands, tears of joy, and many more.

Universal Control
iPadOS 15.4 along with macOS 12.3 officially bring support for the long-awaited Universal Control feature. For those unfamiliar, Universal Control allows you to control multiple iPads and Macs using a single mouse, keyboard, and trackpad.

Shortcuts Automations
Shortcuts, users rejoice: iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 add support for running Personal Automations in the background without requiring a pesky banner notification. A new toggle lets you switch off notifications for Personal Automations.

Tap to Pay on iPhone
The “Tap to Pay” feature that turns the iPhone into a contactless payment terminal, iOS 15.4 includes the API to enable this feature. Once supported by third-party apps, this feature will allow businesses to use iPhones to accept contactless payments using NFC, Apple Pay, and more.

New Siri voice
Finally, iOS 15.4 includes a new Siri voice for those who use the American option. This new Siri voice was recorded by a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Other changes
There are a variety of other smaller changes throughout iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4. Some of the highlights here include:

New Custom Email Domain UI in iCloud settings
Apple Wallet widget
Add notes to keychain passwords
New auth screen when invoking Apple Pay before unlocking
Select camera in Magnifier app
Deeper SharePlay integration throughout the operating system and Share Sheet
Due to the number of new features in iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4, it is a rather large update. This means it might take longer than usual to download and install.

If you iPhone or iPad user and haven’t updated yet You can update your devices.

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