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4 iOS 15.4 features to get excited for

A handful of the many new features in the iOS 15.4 Developer Beta (Image Source: Apple/Edited)
A handful of the many new features in the iOS 15.4 Developer Beta (Image Source: Apple/Edited)
Feeling like iPhone updates have been a bit of a snooze-fest lately? You are not alone. The good news is iOS 15.4 introduces a plethora of amazingly useful and highly requested features ahead of Apple’s next major iteration. Let’s explore 4 features from iOS 15.4 that you will be incredibly excited to try once it releases.
Article compiled by Brahm Shank
The choices and comments made on this list belong solely to the author.

1. Instant SharePlay

SharePlay, a feature that allows users to enjoy multimedia content together over FaceTime, receives a facelift in the latest build of iOS 15.4, which was released to developers just last week. First spotted by tech enthusiast Will Sigmon on Twitter, users can now immediately activate a SharePlay session in supported apps simply by selecting a special toggle from the share sheet menu in supported apps. 

SharePlay is now instantly available from the share sheet (Image Source: Apple/Edited)
SharePlay is now instantly available from the share sheet (Image Source: Apple/Edited)

2. New Emojis

iOS 15.4 finally introduces Emoji version 14. Approved back in September 2021, this version introduces a total of 112 new characters including 75 refreshed skin tone options and 37 new emojis. Notable additions to our new spring emoji arsenal include a melting face, biting lip, bubbles, a low battery icon, and most importantly BEANS. 

New emojis in iOS 15.4 Beta 1 (Image Source: Apple/Edited)
New emojis in iOS 15.4 Beta 1 (Image Source: Apple/Edited)

3. Universal Control

A long-awaited feature that Mac and iPad users alike have been waiting on since it was delayed in late 2021 is Universal Control - an innovative approach to multitasking that allows users to bounce between multiple Mac and iPad devices using just one cursor and only one keyboard. In iPadOS 15.4 Beta 1, and macOS Monterey 12.3 Beta 1, Universal Control finally makes its beta debut.

Display settings for Universal Control on macOS Monterey 12.3 Beta 1 (Image Source: Apple/Edited)
Display settings for Universal Control on macOS Monterey 12.3 Beta 1 (Image Source: Apple/Edited)

4. Face ID with a mask

Back in April 2021 Apple introduced iOS 14.5 enabling the ability to unlock iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a mask. A little under a year later, iOS 15.4 enables the ability to do so without an Apple Watch by enabling Face ID to “recognize the the unique features around the eye" according to Apple. The feature will require users to perform an additional Face ID scan but the good news is that it will work for Apple Pay and third-party app login screens. Though this could be a temporary omission, the feature is only available on iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models in its current beta stage.

New Face ID splash screen in iOS 15.4 prompting users to scan for use with a mask (Image Source: Apple/Edited)
New Face ID splash screen in iOS 15.4 prompting users to scan for use with a mask (Image Source: Apple/Edited)
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Brahm Shank, 2022-02- 3 (Update: 2022-02- 3)