Apple has released iOS 15.4 and iPad iPadOS 15.4 for compatible iPhones and iPads. With the latest update, Apple devices now have a ton of new features, such as new emojis, Siri features, and vaccine cards. The most exciting feature that Apple has rolled out is the ability to unlock iPhones and iPads even while wearing a mask.
Apple device owners have long asked the company to develop a way of using FaceID without removing the mask since the Covid-19 pandemic made masks mandatory. Now, almost two years later, the company has rolled out the update that lets Apple device users unlock their iPhones and iPads using FaceID.
However, there is a catch. Not all iPhone users will be able to take advantage of this update. Apple says that iOS 15.4 includes the ability to unlock with Face ID and a mask on iPhone 12 and newer. This means that if you are using an older iPhone model such as the iPhone X, the iPhone XR or the iPhone 11 series, you will have to remove your mask or punch in the pass code to unlock the device.
In addition to unlocking the iPhone, Apple users can now use FaceID with Apple Pay, Safari, and auto-filling passwords in apps on iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4.
Furthermore, iOS 15.4 brings new emojis such as hand gestures and household objects. According to Apple, the handshake emoji now allows users to choose separate skin tones for each hand.
Earlier this month, Apple released updated versions of its virtual assistant, Siri. These updates include the ability to provide time and date information while offline on iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone 11 or newer devices and a new voice for increased inclusivity. The company has also added filters for seasons, played or unplayed episodes, saved episodes, and downloaded episodes in its Podcasts app and support for adding, removing, or querying tags with Reminders in Shortcuts adding saved passwords in Settings.
Additionally, Apple has updated their Emergency SOS settings so that all users can use Call with Hold. “Call with 5 Presses is still available as an option in Emergency SOS settings,” the company. The company has also released bug fixes for Keyboard, News widgets, Photos and Live Listen functionality in the Control Centre.